GIPS to Hedge Fund Managers: No worries. You’re already covered (mostly).

Apr 14th, 2011 | Filed under: Performance, Analytics & Metrics, Today's Post | By:
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Anyone with compliance or marketing & sales experience in the asset management business is likely familiar with “GIPS”, the Global Investment Performance Standards.  This is a set of guidelines published under the auspices of the CFA Institute that governs things like performance, AUM and NAV reporting produced by asset managers.  Think of it as GAAP for asset managers.

But despite the ubiquity of GIPS, many hedge funds have charged that it falls short in some areas and fails to adequately address the unique issues faced by hedge funds and structured products.  As a result, the GIPS Executive Committee recently proposed a new “Guidance Statement on Alternative Investment Strategies and Structures” and is asking for your feedback.

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