ETF Trends
ETF Trends

Tax efficiency is one of the major selling points of exchange traded funds. Therefore, it’s important for investors to keep track of any year-end capital gains distributions to see if ETFs are living up the promise.

Mutual funds and ETFs in December usually announce capital gains distributions that can lead to a tax bite for shareholders who hold the fund in a taxable account.

However, the “in-kind” creation and redemption feature of ETFs can provide protection from tax hits. [ETFs and Taxes]

“Tax efficiency is one of the advantages that ETFs offer to investors,” said Greg Friedman, managing director of Russell’s global ETF product group.

Generally, fixed-income ETFs are not as tax efficient as the stock-based funds.

Some bond ETFs will have to distribute capital gains distributions for 2011. Still, most of the distributions are below 1% of the funds’ net asset values. [ETFs and Tax-Loss Harvesting]

A number of ETF providers have announced annual capital gains distributions. Many firms have zero capital gains for their ETFs:

For more information for taxes on ETFs, visit our taxes category.

Max Chen contributed to this article.

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