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  • Archived

    Effective: 1 March, 2006 - 31 October, 2012
    Categories: Terminated Portfolios
    Source: GIPS Handbook, 2nd edition

    We have an account for an individual in one of our composites, but the client passed away and the account had to be closed and re-opened in another legal status. How do we treat this change for composite reporting purposes?

    From the perspective of the investment management firm, it does not seem that the portfolio was actually “terminated,” in that the portfolio did not leave the firm and the firm never lost its discretion over the portfolio. The change in legal status of the portfolio would not be reason to stop and start the performance, especially in light of the fact that the assets never left the portfolio, the firm was never restricted in its management of the portfolio, and the strategy of the portfolio remains unchanged.

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