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  • Archived

    Effective: 1 November, 2012 - 31 December, 2019
    Categories: Minimum Asset Level
    Source: GIPS Handbook, 3rd Edition

    Is there a difference between a product minimum and a composite minimum?

    Yes. There is a difference between a product minimum and a composite minimum. A composite minimum represents the size below which a portfolio is considered non-discretionary for a specific strategy because the strategy cannot be fully implemented. A composite minimum determines whether a portfolio is included in a composite. A product minimum is used for marketing purposes as a guideline for accepting new portfolios. A firm may accept new clients that have less than the stated product minimum. A firm may have a product minimum and no composite minimum or vice versa or may have different amounts for a product minimum and a composite minimum. If a firm does have a composite minimum, the composite’s performance should not be presented to a prospective client known not to meet the composite’s minimum asset level.