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ArchivedEffective: 1 January, 2006 - 31 December, 2019Categories: Private EquitySource: Interpretive Guidance for Private Equity
Can managers value investments on a cost basis and still be compliant with the fair value approach?
A general policy of holding investments at cost is not compliant with the GIPS standards. In some circumstances, cost is the best estimate of fair value, for example, where it reflects a recent arm’s length transaction with no subsequent events or information affecting its validity. There may also be circumstances where a fair value estimate is not reasonably ascertainable and in these circumstances cost less a reduction for any value impairment is the only practical option.