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  • Archived

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

    The Standards require the disclosure of a fee schedule that is appropriate to the presentation. As an investment management firm managing wrap fee/SMA portfolios, we maintain a fee schedule that is between us and the SMA sponsor. The SMA sponsor has a fee schedule that is between the SMA sponsor and the end client. Which fee schedule should be presented?

    In all instances, if the composite presentation will or may be presented to a prospective client that is an end user of investment management services, the appropriate fee schedule to present is the one that reflects the total wrap fee that will be charged by the SMA sponsor to the end user.
    If the composite presentation is provided only to a prospective SMA sponsor (and will not be used to market to an end user), the fee schedule may reflect the investment management firm’s portion of the total wrap fee (the fee schedule between the investment management firm and the SMA sponsor). Additional information about other fee schedules may be presented as supplemental information.

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