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ArchivedEffective: 1 November, 2012 - 31 December, 2019Categories: Composite ConstructionSource: GIPS Handbook, 3rd Edition
In the 2005 edition of the GIPS standards, a portfolio is not permitted to be switched from one composite to another unless documented changes in client guidelines or the redefinition of the composite make it appropriate. The 2010 edition of the GIPS standards states that portfolios must not be switched from one composite to another unless documented changes to a portfolio’s investment mandate, objective, or strategy or the redefinition of the composite make it appropriate. Because the word “client” was removed from the provision, does this mean a portfolio can be moved from composite to another based on tactical asset allocation?
No. Portfolios must not be moved into or out of composites due to changes in the tactical asset allocation. Portfolios can only be moved into different composites in the case of client-documented strategic asset allocation changes.