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  • Archived

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

    We currently have two composites in the small-cap growth universe. The guiding principles for managing the portfolios are the same, but the market-cap ranges differ on the low and high ends. One composite has stocks with market caps ranging between approximately $100 million and $1.0 billion. The other composite has stocks ranging from $500 million to $1.5 billion (with flexibility up to the largest stock in the Russell 2000 Growth Index).

    We would like to expand, with client acceptance, the market-cap range for all accounts in each product to encompass the full range, essentially eliminating the need for two products. How do we approach this from a composite standpoint, assuming the clients have accepted this change and there is documentation of the change?

    When a firm decides to combine the investment mandate, objective, or strategy of two (or more) different composites, the firm will create a new composite. The new composite will consist of all portfolios of the combined composites. The existing composites that the firm wishes to combine into this new composite will cease to continue. The new composite will not have historical performance results because the new composite’s strategy is newly implemented. The firm must include the terminated composites on the list of composite descriptions for at least five years after the composite termination date.

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