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  • Archived

    Effective: 1 July, 2007 - 31 October, 2012
    Categories: Recordkeeping
    Source: GIPS Executive Committee

    I have a composite that I don’t use for advertising or marketing purposes. Must I keep the records for the portfolios in this composite as well as records for the composite itself, even if I don’t market the composite’s performance?

    Yes; the firm must maintain sufficient records that allow for the recalculation of composite-level returns (as well as the underlying portfolio-level returns) for all the firm’s composites, regardless of whether the composites are used for marketing or not. All composites of actual, fee-paying, discretionary portfolios, whether marketed or not, must be listed on the firm’s list of composites. The firm must be prepared to provide a composite presentation in compliance with the Standards for all composites on the list when requested to do so by a prospective client. The presentation should be available within a reasonable time frame if not immediately available.

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