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UPCOMING EVENTS

Tips on GIPS: A Primer on CFA Institute's Performance Reporting Standards
Vancouver | January 31
Please join Ashland Partners and CFA Society Vancouver as Richard Kemmling shares how to ensure GIPS compliance, and present investment performance in line with industry best practices. The presentation will cover some of the key concepts of GIPS, common misunderstandings, and talk about the upcoming changes to the GIPS Standards. More Information >>

First Rate Conference
Miami | March 27 & 28
First Rate’s annual Wealth Management Conference provides a great opportunity to stay atop of industry trends, learn more about First Rate solutions and services, and network with fellow peers in the financial services industry.  More Information >>

Portfolio Risk & Performance Measurement Forum
New York | March 28 & 29
Enhance your strategies and get practical guidance on how to optimize your performance measurement abilities at The Investment Performance Measurement Forum. Financial Research Associates has collaborated with a diverse array of asset owners and asset managers and put together an agenda that’s focused, insightful and truly committed to offering valuable take-aways for performance and risk professionals from all walks of life. More Information >>

Ashland Partners Educational Conference
This practical 2-day course is designed to give a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of performance measurement, ranging from basic return calculation, benchmarks, risk-adjusted performance measurement, and attribution techniques to the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS).

San Francisco | February 27-28, 2017
Boston | May 17-19, 2017 (Advanced Course Available)
Denver | September 18-19, 2017
Atlanta | November 13-14, 2017

UPCOMING WEBINARS

Invitations to register will be sent 2 weeks prior to the webinar. If you are not on our mailing list, please contact our Client Relations Group for more information.

Revised Supplemental Guidance Statement: It's More than Supplemental Disclosure
January 24, 2017 // 10am-11am PT
Presented by Richard Kemmling, CPA, CIPM, CGMA, and Chase Frei, CFA, CAIA, CIPM
The revised Guidance Statement on the use of Supplemental Information has been released for public comment. Proposed revisions for this guidance extend beyond just the labeling of supplemental information, and cover when and how to label performance outside of a compliant presentation, policies and procedures for presenting representative performance, the presentation of theoretical performance, and more. Join Ashland Partners' Richard Kemmling and Chase Frei as we outline the proposed updates and give practical insight and analysis on potential responses to the guidance and their eventual application. Register Now >>

Alternative Investments & GIPS
February 21, 2017 // 11am-12pm PT
Presented by Joel Bernardin, CFA, CIPM and James Sanzone, CIPM
Please join Ashland Partners' Joel Bernardin and James Sanzone as they discuss typical alternative investments and how they are handled within the GIPS Standards. In addition, we will go over the most common misconceptions about maintaining a firm's GIPS compliance with alternative investments. 

Real Estate Provisions for GIPS
March 21, 2017 // 11am-12pm PT
Presented by Phil Fijal, CIPM
Please join Ashland Partners' Phil Fijal, CIPM, as we review the Real Estate provisions for GIPS, as well as discuss tips and tricks for firms maintaining GIPS compliance with those investments.

Private Equity Provisions for GIPS
April 18, 2017 // 11am-12pm PT
Presented by Matthew Deatherage
Please join Ashland Partners' Matthew Deatherage as we review the Private Equity provisions for GIPS, as well as tips and tricks for firms maintaining GIPS compliance with those investments.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

With Change Comes New Challenges and New Opportunities
Ashland Partners will be entering our 25th year in business in 2017. With over 850 clients in 23 countries, 2016 will close out our best year as a business. In the past 12 months we have invested internally and received several outside audits including a financial audit, an ISO 27001 certification, and a clean peer review from a CPA firm. We have invested heavily in technology and now provide better tools like the Ashland Assist program to make the verification process more efficient for our clients. Data security and confidentiality remain our top priorities and this year we migrated over to our own client information transmission portal. Read More >>

Ashland Partners Launches Vendor Due Diligence Solution
Ashland Partners has launched a new Vendor Due Diligence service designed to assist asset managers in performing due diligence on their third party providers. Ashland Partners’ Vendor Due Diligence Solution allows Chief Compliance Officers to delegate the collection and evaluation of data needed to assess the risk of their firm’s vendor relationships as required by industry regulations and best practices. Read More >>

2016 Software Directory
Ashland Partners has updated and made available our Directory of Investment Performance Software Providers for 2016 . The Software Directory for 2016 expands on the directory we created in 2015 by adding new vendors in the industry while also incorporating various commentary on Portfolio Accounting Systems, GIPS, and Cyber Security. Read More >>

Industry Survey Released
In conjunction with the USIPC, CFAI has released an industry survey to all stakeholders and interested parties as it relates to the GIPS. This survey will be evaluated by CFAI staff in order to help focus on outreach efforts, expand guidance to areas of the Standards to which there are none, and will help serve as a base of information when writing GIPS 2020. Read More >>

WHAT YOU'VE MISSED

Is Daily Performance Really More Accurate?
Daily performance has long been considered the most accurate method for calculating investment performance. Its acceptance was primarily based on the assumption that it addressed the issues caused by external cash flows monthly performance methodologies could not solve. In reality, a monthly performance methodology can sometimes produce more accurate results than daily performance, and this is particularly true if the monthly methodology weights cash flows on the day they occur, such as with Modified Dietz. Read More >>

Type I versus Type 2: What Type Of Assurance Are You Receiving?
On June 15, 2011, the Statement on Auditing Standards (SAS) 70 attestation standard was replaced by the Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) 16 as the standard for reporting on service organizations.  Read More >>

RECORDED WEBINARS

Vendor Due Diligence
Presented by Jason Millard, CFA, CIPM
Recorded Webinar
Ashland Partners discusses vendor due diligence, regulatory expectations and recent headlines. This session will highlight the proper approach to and appropriate components of a good due diligence program. We also describe how Ashland Partners’ own Vendor Due Diligence solution is designed to reduce the costs of monitoring your vendors while satisfying your regulatory requirements. 

GIPS 2016 Annual Conference Overview
Presented by Greg Hogan, CFA, CIPM, & Shivani Choudhary, CIPM
Recorded Webinar
Ashland Partners provides a recap of the 2016 Annual GIPS Conference. Key highlights from the conference include vision for the future of GIPS, technical committee updates with an update on the much anticipated Pooled Funds Guidance Statement and Supplemental Information Guidance Statement, regulatory updates from both SEC and FINRA, an overview of various CFAI initiatives, and more hot industry topics.