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  • Archived

    Effective: 1 May, 2010 - 30 November, 2013
    Categories: Wrap Fee Portfolios
    Source: GIPS Executive Committee

    The sample wrap fee/SMA compliant presentation in Appendix A of the 2010 edition of the GIPS standards includes only net returns (net of the entire wrap fee) in the main table of the required presentation items. “Pure” gross-of-fees returns are included in a separate table with other net returns using different wrap fee schedules. In the Guidance Statement on Wrap Fee/Separately Managed Accounts (SMA) Portfolios (effective date 1 January 2006), the sample compliant presentation presents the pure gross-of-fees returns clearly labeled as supplemental information, and in the main table next to the required presentation items. Are we allowed to continue to present our wrap composites following the format in the Guidance Statement on Wrap Fee/SMA Portfolios?

    Yes. Firms may follow the format of the sample Wrap Fee/SMA compliant presentation in the 2010 edition of the GIPS standards and may also follow the format of the sample compliant presentation in the Guidance Statement on Wrap Fee/Separately Managed Accounts (SMA) Portfolios. They are both examples of presentations that are allowable according to the GIPS standards. Firms must not present any performance or performance-related information that is false or misleading and must always consider the overarching ethical principles of fair representation and full disclosure when creating and presenting compliant presentations.

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