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CurrentEffective: 1 July, 2021Categories: Sub-Advised AssetsSource: GIPS Standards Technical Committee
If a firm hires a sub-advisor to manage assets, can both the firm and the sub-advisor include these assets in total firm assets and use the performance of the assets as their own?
If a firm has discretion over the selection of the sub-advisor (i.e., can hire and/or fire the sub-advisor), both the firm and the sub-advisor can include the assets in total firm assets and use the performance of the assets as their own. The firm must include the sub-advised assets in total firm assets and treat the sub-advised assets in the same manner as assets managed internally (e.g., include them in the appropriate composite).
The firm can use the sub-advisor’s performance record only for those periods that the firm assigned the assets to the sub-advisor. If the firm replaces one sub-advisor with another with the intent of keeping the strategy the same, the firm must include within the same composite the performance of the assets assigned to the new sub-advisor going forward and leave the results from the former sub-advisor unchanged.
If the firm does not have discretion over the selection of the sub-advisor, the firm must not include the sub-advised assets in total firm assets or use the performance of the sub-advised assets.