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  • Archived

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

    For periods ending on or after 1 January 2011, firms must present, as of each annual period end, the three-year annualized ex-post standard deviation (using monthly returns) of both the composite and the benchmark. There are a number of variations in the way in which standard deviation can be calculated. Is there a preferred methodology?

    No. Standard deviation is a universally recognized measure, and while there are different variations, the GIPS standards do not require one particular calculation methodology. A firm must determine which calculation methodology (or methodologies) will be used and must use the selected methodology (or methodologies) consistently. The same methodology must be used for both the composite and the benchmark.

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