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GIPS® Verification Basics

GIPS Verification Basics

Attendees at this fall’s Annual GIPS Standards Conference submitted questions about verification and CFA Institute notification. We’ve answered 5 of those questions below.


Why would a GIPS-compliant firm want to be verified?


More than 1,700 firms currently claim compliance with the GIPS standards. Over 80% of these firms choose to have a verification conducted even though it is not required. Verification adds to the assurance that the standards are fully implemented on a firm-wide basis. Experienced verifiers have worked with hundreds of different types of composites and have tested policy manuals at dozens of firms. They have first-hand knowledge of what works and how to make workflows better. A verifier can provide suggestions on how to enhance the firm’s policies and procedures as well as test that they have been implemented. They also keep firms updated on changes and new interpretations, so the firm isn’t learning that they have been incorrectly claiming GIPS Compliance during a regulatory examination.

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GIPS® Reports – Managing Distribution Requirements

GIPS Reports – Managing Distribution Requirements

Does your firm manage segregated accounts and pooled funds? Are you writing 2020 policies to provide a composite report with the fee schedule and expense ratio for the fund in the disclosures? Do you have policies requiring you provide a pooled fund report?  Are there ways to avoid having two different composite reports, one for prospective clients and one for prospective investors? 

Many firms don’t know in advance of initial meetings whether a prospect is going to be a prospective investor (in a pooled fund product) or a prospective client (in a segregated account).  So what if you provide a GIPS Composite Report—without your fund’s expense ratio or fee schedule—and the prospective client turns into a prospective investor?

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2020 GIPS® Standards Q&As

This is a comprehensive list of Q&A’s released as part of the GIPS standards Newsletter, organized by subject matter.  As CFA Institute continues to add Q&As through the GIPS Standards Newsletter, we will continue to update this page.

GIPS 2010 Transition to GIPS 2020

Pooled Funds

Composite Management/Policies

Input Data and Portfolio Calculation

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Fundamentals of Compliance

GIPS® Advertising Guidelines

It is hard to believe year-end reporting was completed just 3 months ago, and 2019 double-digit returns were something to be celebrated.  It feels like the last 3 months have lasted the equivalent of 12 months. While first quarter 2020 was challenging for most firms on many levels, prospective investors are looking to asset managers for what to do now, how did the firm do during 1Q20 and what else does the firm bring to the table?   It is a great time to show prospects and clients the firm’s commitment to industry best practices along with first quarter performance updates. 

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