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The GIPS Standards Q&A database contains questions and answers (Q&As) on various searchable topics that provide additional interpretation on an issue. Q&As are considered to be authoritative guidance and must be followed in order to claim compliance with the GIPS standards.

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  • Archived

    Effective: 1 June, 2005 - 30 November, 2013
    Categories: Changes to the Standards: 2006 GIPS
    Source: Investment Performance Council (IPC)

    Please elaborate on the provision requiring firms to provide ‘prospective clients’ with a GIPS standards compliant presentation. Can we choose which potential clients to provide a compliant presentation?

    Once a firm claims compliance with the GIPS standards, it must present all potential clients with a presentation that complies with all the requirements of the Standards. This does not preclude the firm from showing additional and/or supplemental information to help the prospective client interpret the performance information. However, the firm may not pick and choose when to market their claim of compliance. Instead, this requirement ensures that once a firm represents to the investing public that it complies with the GIPS standards, it shows all prospective clients a compliant presentation.

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