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  • Archived

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

    We manage five balanced portfolios. For periods prior to 1 January 2010, we carved out the equity segments of these balanced portfolios, allocated cash to the equity segment based on relative beginning of period assets, and included the equity segments with allocated cash in the Equity Composite. We understand that effective 1 January 2010, carve-outs must not be included in composites unless they are actually managed separately with their own cash.

    Of the five carve-outs, only three meet the 1 January 2010 requirement to be managed separately with their own cash balance. Can we include only these three carve-outs in the Equity Composite after 1 January 2010?

    Yes. Beginning 1 January 2010, those carve-outs not managed separately with their own cash balance are not eligible for inclusion in composites as they do not meet the definition of a carve-out as of that date. If a firm creates a carve-out of a particular strategy, then all similar portfolio segments within the firm managed to that strategy and managed separately with their own cash balance must be included in the composite.

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