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  • Archived

    Effective: 1 November, 2006 - 31 December, 2019
    Categories: Benchmarks
    Source: GIPS Handbook, 3rd Edition

    Our firm had a composite that lost all of its constituent portfolios for one quarter. May we continue our track record without interruption by using the benchmark return as a simulated return for the missing quarter of performance?

    No. Firms must not link simulated performance to actual performance earned by the firm and represent the history as that of the firm. Composite returns must represent performance of only actual discretionary portfolios managed by the firm. 

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