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2020 GIPS Standards Exposure Draft
September 6, 2018
CFA Institute released the first major revisions to the GIPS standards on August 31, 2018. The proposed revisions represent the most significant change to the standards since the 2010 edition of the GIPS standards went into effect on January 1, 2011. The 2020 GIPS Standards Exposure Draft is now available for public comment until December 31, 2018.
ACA Performance Services blog
August 16, 2018
As the GIPS standards gain more acceptance and international adoption, and with CFA Institute’s expected release of GIPS 2020 for public comment, there are persistent questions about the current state of GIPS compliance.
GIPS Standards Marketing Best Practices
July 27, 2018
The end result of a firm’s efforts when claiming compliance with the GIPS standards is the delivery of a fully compliant presentation to prospective clients. This article addresses best practices for marketing when claiming compliance with the GIPS standards.
ACA White Paper Practical Guide to Implementing the GIPS Standards
July 23, 2018
Compliance with the GIPS standards is recognized as an industry best practice and has become a de facto requirement, especially in the institutional money management space, in order to stay competitive.
Asset-Weighted Dispersion
June 26, 2018
A GIPS-compliant presentation contains a number of required statistics. One such metric is the internal dispersion of individual portfolios within a composite. The GIPS standards do not prescribe a specific methodology (as long as the measure that is selected is applied consistently) and thus many firms struggle with this calculation.
GIPS Standards Performance Record Portability
June 7, 2018
Portability refers to the ability of a GIPS-compliant firm to present a track record that was achieved at another firm. When one firm hires a portfolio manager, there is usually a desire to market the portfolio manager’s track record while employed at the prior firm.
Market Exposure
May 31, 2018
In 2002, the Sarbanes Oxley Act was enacted to augment the regulation of accounting and disclosures for public companies. This was in direct relation to aggressive accounting methods, the technology bubble, and other instances of corporate malfeasance.
GIPS Standards Q&A
May 17, 2018
The GIPS Standards Technical Committee recently released three new GIPS Standards Q&A’s that are all effective as of April 18, 2018.
third-party performance attestation
April 26, 2018
Consultant database reporting is an important business consideration for many investment management firms. The databases serve as a gateway for investment managers to reach institutional and retail assets alike. A recent trend in the industry is that of increased due diligence. The top databases are increasingly requiring firms to comply with the GIPS standards or receive an independent third-party certification of the track record.
Third-Party Performance
April 6, 2018
More firms continue to be implicated as fallout from the F-Squared Investments, Inc. enforcement action continues.
ACA White Paper GIPS Committees and Working Groups
April 2, 2018
Firms of all sizes frequently ask about the relevance and importance of forming a GIPS Committee within their organization.
Firm Notification Requirement
March 23, 2018
Firms that claim compliance with the GIPS standards are required to notify CFA Institute of their claim of compliance. Each firm must submit the GIPS Compliance Form annually by June 30.