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  • Archived

    Effective: 1 March, 2006 - 31 October, 2012
    Categories: Composite Changes
    Source: GIPS Handbook, 2nd Edition

    Firm A manages a portfolio for a client who instructs the firm to change the portfolio’s mandate from an intermediate duration bond portfolio to a long duration bond portfolio. Should Firm A place this portfolio in a different composite?

    Yes, documented change in the client’s investment guidelines would cause the portfolio to be removed from the intermediate duration bond composite and placed into the long duration bond composite once fully invested in the new style. If the firm does not currently have a long duration bond composite, it is recommended that the firm create one. This account transfer will be treated like a terminated account when it is removed from the intermediate duration bond composite, and will be treated like a new account to the long duration bond composite. The portfolio’s prior history must remain in the intermediate duration bond composite through the last full measurement period the portfolio was managed in the intermediate duration style.

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