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  • Archived

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

    Should securities lending income be included in the investment firm’s performance?

    The GIPS standards provide comparability of the performance of investment managers by utilizing composites, which are based on investment strategy. Typically, securities lending is not an active part of the portfolio strategy. Therefore, unless the securities lending is a part of the strategy defined by and at the discretion of the investment manager, for purposes of reporting performance for the GIPS standards, securities lending income should be treated like an external cash flow and subtracted from performance results in order to get an accurate representation of the investment manager’s ability to implement the intended strategy of the portfolio. Firms should disclose how securities lending income is treated.

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