By Solomon G. Teller, CFA, Chief Investment Strategist, Green Harvest Asset Management
I read quite a few investment blogs. One recurring theme this past year has been the importance of separating the “actual” from the “normative.” Far too often, politics, biases and/or expectations get in the way of investors’ ability to clearly see what is happening rather than what they want to happen. It can be the same with taxes. As we all know, revised tax legislation is under consideration with proposals to increase tax rates. Last week, articles about what billionaires are allegedly (not) paying in taxes received some attention. But, how does this affect an investor’s portfolio?
Whether tax rates are reasonable or applied fairly are separate issues from how you should invest your capital. Should you open an IRA, keep your charitable giving receipts or use tax-loss harvesting strategies? All of these
are assessments based on your situation, your future situation, and what the future rules may look like, not what you or your tax adviser think they should be.
While we at Green Harvest are not tax advisors, we do offer investment strategies designed to reduce the tax bite from capital gains. If you want to know about strategies to manage risk, stay invested and increase after-tax returns in a variety of market conditions, we have plenty to say. We welcome the conversation.
Performance quoted represents past performance, which is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate, so you may have a gain or loss when the portfolio is liquidated. Current performance may be higher or lower than that quoted. Performance of an index is not illustrative of any particular investment. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.
GHAM does not provide tax advice. Although GHAM does not employ a Certified Public Accountant on its staff, we have, and continue to work with outside accounting firms and outside tax counsel that provide ongoing guidance and updates on all relevant tax law. Federal, state and local tax laws are subject to change. GHAM is not responsible for providing clients updates on any changes in tax laws, rules or statutes.
Reasons to harvest capital losses, sources of capital gains and the suggestion that mutual funds distribute capital gains are for example purposes only and not meant to be tax, estate planning or investment advice in any form or for any specific client.
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The availability of tax alpha is highly dependent upon the initial date and time of investment as well as market direction and security volatility during the investment period. Tax loss harvesting outcomes may vary greatly for clients who invest on different days, weeks, months and all other time periods.
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