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  • Archived

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

    Can portfolios included in the same composite have different benchmarks?

    Yes. A firm may decide that it is appropriate to include portfolios with different benchmarks in the same composite. Additionally, the firm may present multiple benchmarks in the composite compliant presentation. The GIPS standards require that the total return for the benchmark that reflects the investment mandate, objective, or strategy of the composite be presented for each annual period.

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