Mutual Fund to ETF Conversions: To Proxy or Not to Proxy, that is the question
ETF conversions are accelerating and we are seeing more and more mutual funds converting into ETFs. The reasons for mutual fund to ETF conversions are obvious: tax efficiency, transparency, and lower operating costs. But how does this work? What are the pro/cons? This post provides a glimpse behind the curtain and a practical guide for any asset manager considering a mutual fund conversion. Below we outline the laws behind a mutual fund conversion, options for mutual fund conversions, and the nitty-gritty behind how to optimize a mutual fund conversion.