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  • Archived

    Effective: 1 January, 2006 - 30 November, 2013
    Categories: Wrap Fee Portfolios
    Source: Guidance Statement for Wrap Fee/SMA Portfolios

    We manage small cap portfolios for three sponsors, using the same strategy. We place reliance on each sponsors aggregate information effectively viewing each sponsor as a single portfolio. When reporting performance of the style-defined composite, how should we report number of accounts and the measure of internal dispersion?

    If the firm is relying on the three sponsors aggregate information for disclosure and performance reporting purposes, the number of accounts could be reported either as 3 or five or fewer (¡Ü 5). The firm could report a measure of dispersion using the annual returns from each of the three sponsors, or could choose to not present the disclosure and report five or fewer portfolios (¡Ü 5) in the composite.

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