Fee-only fiduciary advisors often summarily dismiss the use of life insurance solutions as financial planning tools—perhaps due to past experiences trying to get clients out of poorly structured, high expense policies. In this post, Colva Actuarial Services and Colva Capital principal Rajiv Rebello explains how fiduciary advisors can properly structure life insurance products and utilize low-expense/no-commission products to provide better after-tax diversification and returns for the fixed income portion of their clients’ portfolios as opposed to investing in bonds directly.
Compared to mutual funds or separately managed accounts, ANY benefit from redeeming in-kind is a bonus. That being said, not all ETFs and situations are created equal when it comes to tax efficiency, and the "golden rule" always applies - when given the option, the IRS wants to create scenarios where they receive tax dollars now instead of later. Here are some big-ticket items that cause inefficiencies (read as taxes…), many related to the “golden rule” above.
We get the following question at least 1x a day: "How do I start an ETF? Because we have so many requests for information on the topic of "How to Start an ETF?", Wes asked that I compile a list of materials on the topic and a "FAQ" to address all of your burning questions.
Here is a link to our recent chat on The Meb Faber Show regarding the details on Value Investing: An Examination of the 1,000 Largest Firms: Among stock investors, a common strategy/belief held is Value [...]
Here is a link to our recent chat on The Meb Faber Show regarding the details on how to launch an ETF: This topic is up your alley, feel free to go back and listen [...]
Recently, we have experienced a rush of questions from investors/clients who seek our opinion on direct indexing/tax-loss-harvesting ("TLH") and how it compares to the potential tax benefits of an ETF. Unfortunately, there is no easy [...]
When an owner sells their business, the IRS and state taxing authorities will be there to take as much of it as they lawfully can. This one sale can lead to the largest tax payment [...]
Annuities are popular tools for retirement income planning. While stigmas exist around some annuity products (for good reason), recent research shows how fixed annuities can add value in the context of retirement income. In addition [...]
The world of withholding tax recovery on foreign dividends and interest is woven with intricacies, challenges, and a general lack of transparency. This is mainly due to its complexities and the cumbersome process involved in [...]
Lingchi is the Chinese term for the form of torture we know as “death by 1000 cuts” that was reportedly used from 900 CE until it was banned in 1905. It is also translated as [...]
Employee equity & stock options are a major part of the modern compensation plan. That's certainly the case for my financial planning clients. Unfortunately, a search for the best approach to managing your equity opens [...]
Compound Your Knowledge Ep. 13: Opp. Zone Investments, Hiring Losers, & Short Selling w/Insider Buying
In this week's video, we examine three articles. The first article, written by Adam Tkaczuk, covers a method to make an opportunity zone (equity) investment behave more like a bond. The second article, written by Larry [...]
The tax benefits of the new Opportunity Zone program are potentially phenomenal. However, when you dig into the details of the program you quickly realize that many of the investment options are typically higher-risk and [...]
Tax-Managed Factor Strategies Lisa R. Goldberg , Pete Hand , and Taotao CaiFinancial Analysts JournalA version of this paper can be found hereWant to read our summaries of academic finance papers? Check out our Academic Research [...]
Executive Summary Tax loss harvesting is widely promoted, but we think the benefits are generally misunderstood and often overstated.[ref]a recent paper highlighted by Wes on twitter comes to a similar conclusion. Here is a discussion [...]
Employee Stock Ownership Plans (“ESOP”) create unique opportunities for business owners and their employee-participants to build wealth through their companies. To foster broader adoption of ESOPs, Congress instituted a number of attractive tax advantages benefitting [...]
Each time S&P Dow Jones Indices publishes its latest Active Versus Passive Scorecard, the persistent failure of the vast majority of actively managed funds to outperform is highlighted. The evidence on this failure led Charles [...]
If you have a large "low-basis stock problem," or an "embedded capital gain problem," the Opportunity Zone (OZ) program could possibly be the single largest tax break you’ll ever see. With the right investment, the [...]
What do most people consider to be the biggest benefit of retirement accounts? Many investors and advisors will say, "tax deferral." But a recent article (pdf version) I wrote highlighted that the real value of retirement [...]
Many people talk about the tax benefits of retirement accounts. However, few attempt to quantify and estimate the actual benefits. To make matters worse, when the topic is addressed, many of the discussions rely on [...]