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  • Archived

    Effective: 1 June, 2010 - 31 December, 2019
    Categories: Cash Flow
    Source: GIPS Executive Committee

    For periods beginning on or after 1 January 2010, firms must define the level of large cash flows for each composite used to determine when portfolios in that composite must be valued. Can we use the same large cash flow level for all our composites?

    Yes, but only if it is appropriate for each composite. The large cash flow level must represent the level at which the firm determines that an external cash flow may distort performance if the portfolio is not valued. It may be possible that all of a firm’s composites have the same level of large cash flows; however the appropriate level must be determined for each composite. Firms must define the large cash flow level for each composite in terms of the value of the cash/asset flow or in terms of a percentage of portfolio assets or composite assets. Although it is possible for all of a firm’s composites to have the same large cash flow level, a firm must not simply establish this level on a firm-wide basis without considering whether the level is appropriate for each composite.