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  • Archived

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

    In the revised version of the GIPS standards, it states that some disclosures may not be required in all situations. Please elaborate.

    If a situation described in a disclosure requirement does not exist at a firm, or is not applicable to a specific composite, no disclosure is required. Not all disclosures are necessary for all firms, only those applicable specific to the firm. For example, the GIPS Standards require that firms disclose if a composite’s name has changed. When preparing a presentation for a composite that has not had a name change, no disclosure is needed with regard to this provision. The firm does not need to disclose that the composite has not changed names. No “negative assurance” language is needed for non-applicable disclosures.

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