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CurrentEffective: 1 July, 2021Categories: Composite Construction, DiscretionSource: GIPS Standards Technical Committee
Some of our segregated accounts have client-restricted securities (e.g., low-cost basis stocks, held-to-maturity securities), and these assets are considered “unmanaged.” May we classify the restricted portion of the portfolio as non-discretionary and keep the remaining discretionary portion of the portfolio in the composite?
A firm may choose to classify the restricted portion of the portfolio as non-discretionary and keep the remaining discretionary portion of the portfolio in the composite, provided the remaining portion is representative of the composite’s strategy. When determining if the remaining portion of the portfolio should be included in the composite, firms should consider if the assets in the non-discretionary portion of the portfolio affect the management of the portfolio’s investment strategy. Firms must also take care when calculating returns for the discretionary portion of the portfolio. For example, dividends on non-discretionary assets must not be recognized as income for the discretionary portion of the portfolio that is included in the composite. All calculation and composite construction requirements apply to the remaining discretionary portion of the portfolio.