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  • Archived

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

    We are changing our investment process and the personnel involved in the management of a UK Fund. The risk and return objectives will be lower, and the fund will be predominantly analyst run rather than the previous ‘portfolio manager’ run. Does this require a change in composite?

    The firm must determine if the changes in investment process and personnel will result in a change in the investment strategy of the portfolios in the composite. If the firm determines that the changes result in a different investment strategy for the portfolios, then changes to the client guidelines for the portfolios in the existing composite must be documented. If this will be a new investment strategy offered by the firm, a new composite will be started with a current composite creation date and no composite history.

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