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  • Archived

    Effective: 1 May, 2012 - 31 October, 2012
    Categories: Risk
    Source: GIPS Executive Committee

    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.)

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