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  • Archived

    Effective: 1 March, 2006 - 31 December, 2013
    Categories: Valuation
    Source: GIPS Handbook, 2nd Edition

    Firm B has several portfolios invested in emerging market debt and other thinly traded securities. What is a reasonable method for valuation of these securities?

    Firm B must determine a reasonable valuation method for the thinly traded securities held in its portfolios. One example of a “reasonable method” is to seek out three separate bids from three non-affiliated brokers, average those three prices, and consider this average to be a fair and acceptable representation of the market value. The valuation method policy developed by the firm must be applied consistently over time to ensure relatively consistent asset valuations.