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  • Archived

    Effective: 1 November, 2012 - 31 December, 2019
    Categories: Composite Construction
    Source: GIPS Handbook, 3rd Edition

    Can a firm include a single portfolio in more than one of the firm’s composites?

    Yes. The GIPS standards require firms to include all actual, discretionary, fee-paying portfolios in at least one of the firm’s composites. If the portfolio meets the defined criteria for inclusion in more than one composite, the firm must include the portfolio in all of the firm’s appropriate composites. For example, a firm may have a large-cap composite and a large-cap growth composite. If the firm manages a portfolio that meets the criteria for inclusion in the large-cap composite as well as the large-cap growth composite, the firm must include the portfolio in both composites. When calculating total firm assets, firms are prohibited from double-counting assets. An asset must be counted only once, even if it is included in more than one composite.

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