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ArchivedEffective: 1 November, 2012 - 31 December, 2019Categories: RiskSource: 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. If the firm determines that the three-year annualized ex-post standard deviation is not relevant or appropriate, the firm must also present a three-year ex-post risk measure in addition to the three-year annualized ex-post standard deviation. We do not believe that standard deviation is a relevant or appropriate measure for our composite strategy. May we present an ex-ante measure of risk in addition to the three-year annualized ex-post standard deviation to satisfy this requirement?
No. If a firm does not believe that ex-post standard deviation is relevant or appropriate for the composite, the firm must also present a three-year ex-post measure of risk in addition to the three-year annualized ex-post standard deviation. The firm must describe why ex-post standard deviation is not relevant or appropriate, the additional risk measure that is presented, and why it was selected. Ex-ante measures of risk do not satisfy the ex-post risk measure requirement and must only be presented as supplemental information.
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