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ArchivedEffective: 1 November, 2012 - 31 December, 2019Categories: Inception DateSource: GIPS Handbook, 3rd Edition
A firm manages private client portfolios. Depending upon when the portfolio came under management, returns will vary because of opportunities available at the time. Can a firm establish composites based on the date a portfolio comes under firm management?
Firms must always first consider the investment mandate, objective, or strategy when defining composites. In very specific situations, it may be appropriate to group portfolios into composites according to inception date as well as investment mandate, objective, or strategy. Because composites represent an investment strategy over time, a composite based solely on inception date would, generally, not show representative results of how the strategy performed over time as market conditions change.
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