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ArchivedEffective: 1 November, 2012 - 31 December, 2019Categories: BenchmarksSource: GIPS Handbook, 3rd Edition
Firm C historically used the MSCI EAFE Index as the benchmark for the firm’s Global ex-U.S. strategy, even though the strategy included investments in emerging markets and the benchmark did not. When the MSCI ACWI ex-U.S. Index was introduced, the firm changed benchmarks because the new index included emerging markets, which more closely represented the firm’s strategy. Is this permissible according to the GIPS standards?
Yes. In this case the firm can change the benchmark to the MSCI ACWI ex-U.S. because it is more representative of the composite’s investment strategy. The firm must disclose the date of, description of, and reason for the change. If historical data are available for the new benchmark, the firm could consider changing the benchmark retroactively.
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