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ArchivedEffective: 1 November, 2012 - 31 December, 2019Categories: Non-fee-paying PortfoliosSource: GIPS Handbook, 3rd Edition
Firm A has a number of fee-paying portfolios managed to a growth investment strategy. Firm A also manages several pro-bono portfolios following this same strategy for other clients who do not pay fees on these portfolios. All of the growth portfolios are included in one composite with non-fee paying assets composing 15% of the total assets of the composite as of 31 December 1999. What disclosure is required by the GIPS standards with regard to the non-fee paying assets in the composite?
The firm must present the percentage of composite assets represented by non-fee-paying portfolios as of each annual period end. Firm A could make the following disclosure as part of its Growth Composite presentation when presenting 1999 performance data: “This composite contained 15% non-fee-paying portfolios as of 31 December 1999.” Alternatively, the firm could add a column to its performance table titled, “% composite assets composed of non-fee-paying portfolios,” and list the percentage at the end of each annual period.
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