Q & A Database

The GIPS Standards Q&A database contains questions and answers (Q&As) on various searchable topics that provide additional interpretation on an issue. Q&As are considered to be authoritative guidance and must be followed in order to claim compliance with the GIPS standards.

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  • Archived

    Effective: 1 March, 2006 - 31 October, 2012
    Categories: Performance History/Track Record
    Source: GIPS Handbook, 2nd Edition

    Firm A has been in existence since 1990. Beginning 1 January 2001, what periods of performance must Firm A present to claim compliance with the GIPS standards?

    At a minimum, Firm A must show historical performance in compliance with the GIPS standards from 1 January 1996 through 31 December 2000, which represents a five-year compliant performance record. Each year for at least five years thereafter, the firm must continue to add an annual return to its existing composites. A ten-year GIPS-compliant performance record is then available after 31 December 2005.

    During this ten-year period, Firm A may create new composites and terminate others. It is possible that these new or terminated composites will not have a ten-year track at 31 December 2005.

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