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  • Archived

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

    If the internal dispersion measure is calculated using only portfolios that are included in the composite for the full year yet composite performance for the year includes portfolios that were added and removed from the composite during the year, do the two numbers really have relevance to one another? This especially holds if the actual composite performance differs materially from the performance of the full-year-only composite because the composite performance was impacted by “partial year” portfolios that are not included in the internal dispersion calculation.

    The GIPS standards acknowledge that by using only portfolios that have been included in the composite for the full year for the annual internal dispersion calculation, the internal dispersion number will not precisely correlate with the actual composite performance. The internal dispersion will inform a prospective client of the spread of annual returns of those portfolios included in the composite for the year. The GIPS standards do not require a specific measure of internal dispersion. A firm could present the standard deviation, the range, quartiles, or any other appropriate measure of internal dispersion.

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