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Garcia Hamilton & Associates, L.P.

PRI reporting framework 2020

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(A) Implementation: Screening

FI 04. Types of screening applied

04.1. Indicate the type of screening you conduct.

Select all that apply
Corporate (financial)
Corporate (non-financial)
Negative/exclusionary screening
Positive/best-in-class screening
Norms-based screening

04.2. Describe your approach to screening for internally managed active fixed income

Negative Screening: Includes corporate liquidity criteria, ratings criteria, and the Firm’s long-standing exclusion of corporates with material ESG deficiencies

Positive Screening: Firm’s proprietary ESG overlay; quantitative scoring method of criteria including, but not limited to, sustainability, transparency, ESG risks and opportunities, governance, and integration

04.3. Additional information. [Optional]


FI 05. Examples of ESG factors in screening process (Private)


FI 06. Screening - ensuring criteria are met

06.1. Indicate which systems your organisation has to ensure that fund screening criteria are not breached in fixed income investments.

Type of screening
Checks
Negative/exclusionary screening
Positive/best-in-class screening

06.2. Additional information. [Optional]

We use NorthPoint Trading Compliance rules manager in conjunction with the NorthPoint Order Management System from ACA Technology Solutions (division of ACA Compliance Group) to ensure that investments fall within firm and client investment guidelines.  The NorthPoint system supports the multiple attributes of fixed income debt securities and handles complex trade allocation scenarios.  The powerful rules-based compliance engine is user-configurable, including custom calculation capabilities that allow GH&A to set up internal guidelines based on concentration limits, eligibility parameters, restricted lists, and warning tolerances.

All account guidelines are reviewed by compliance and investment management to ensure that GH&A is managing an account in line with the client’s investment guidelines.  Guidelines are input into the NorthPoint Trading Compliance system by the Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Operating Officer or other members of the compliance team and cannot be overridden by the investment team. 


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