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  • Archived

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

    Our firm hired a new verifier as we had disagreements with our prior verifier. Must we report these disagreements to our new verifier?

    No; however, in the spirit of fair representation and full disclosure, the firm should report any such disagreements to the new verifier. These disagreements should be discussed with the “new” verification firm prior to the investment firm actually hiring the “new” firm for the verification engagement.

    The prior verifier is required to communicate to the investment firm the reason(s) why a verification report was not possible (see #5 under “Scope and Purpose of Verification” in the Verification section of the Standards at http://www.cfainstitute.org/cfacentre/ips/gips/pdf/GIPS_2006.pdf). The investment firm should provide this information, as well as any additional documentation that would assist the new verifier in understanding the issues.

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