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  • Archived

    Effective: 1 January, 2006 - 31 December, 2019
    Categories: Verification
    Source: Guidance Statement on Verifier Independence

    In addition to performing a firmwide verification, our verifier also performs a Performance Examination on one composite. The Performance Examination report will include a compliant presentation for the one examined composite. Can the verifier produce the compliant presentation for this composite?

    The verifier may not assume the responsibility for creating or producing a composite presentation for the investment management firm. The investment management firm must first provide a compliant presentation to the verifier. Once the Performance Examination is completed (based on the composite presentation provided by the investment management firm), the verifier may reformat/redesign the data from the compliant presentation in a separate document to be provided to the investment firm as part of its Performance Examination Report. Simply performing word processing and duplication functions does not impact the verifier’s independence.