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Direct Indexing is being touted as the best way to generate tax alpha in a portfolio but is it all that it's cracked up to be? Experts say it has limits and diminishing marginal returns over time because as stocks are dropped, replacements with a lower cost basis will be more expensive to unload later on. Moreover one of the less talked about aspects is that as opportunities narrow as stock is unloaded there is less upside to growth opportunities as the portfolio is smaller. Investors should look to capitalize on direct indexing as they offload specific accounts for inheritance and retirement which is a relatively more minor portion of the portfolio.


Finsum: There may be a shift from custom indexing as a primary ESG focus if it fails to deliver tax alpha and is better suited to dropping greenwashers.

Published in Economy

President Biden’s 2023 federal budget levy’s a new ultra-wealthy tax that would apply 20% total income tax on those with a net worth of more than $100 million. Notably in the deal, it opens the window to tax unrealized capital gains or any asset growth. The bill is expected to meet a brick wall in congress however as even moderate Dems will have a difficult time supporting it. Biden’s selling point is the expected $360 billion in payments toward the deficit in the next decade. However, the senate proposed a very similar bill last year that was shut down by congress.


Finsum: Taxing unrealized gains is a slippery slope, and hopefully would never trickle down to different wealth classes.

Published in Wealth Management
Friday, 25 March 2022 19:46

Crypto Portfolio Managers Offer Tax Solutions

Crypto could be a stress inducer when it comes to managing their tax solutions. However, a variety of portfolio products help investors navigate their digital wallets, track crypto investments, and manage their tax solutions. These portfolio trackers can help investors navigate the nuanced complexities in capital gains taxes that are constantly evolving. CoinTracker, TokenTax, and CoinLedger are all great crypto portfolio managers. TakenTax really lets investors take advantage of tax loss harvesting to optimize their crypto portfolio.


Finsum: Cryptos wash rule differences should incentivize investors to take advantage of tax loss harvesting.

Published in Wealth Management
Friday, 18 March 2022 19:28

Morgan Stanley Launches Tax Model Portfolios

Model portfolios have been a surprisingly quick growing tool for the financial industry in the last year, and Morgan sStanley’s Wealth Management is capitalizing by adding a series of new model portfolios. These strategies will have hefty minimums of $750k to $1.5 million and are targeting tax and direct indexing strategies from the recently acquired Parametric. This was a key reason Morgan Stanley acquired Parametric last year to rapidly develop and deploy direct indexing strategies. Overall the portfolios have acquired $150 million in assets since their inception in January.


Finsum: Financial companies took a page out of tech companies playbook by just acquiring the companies that might align with them and allow the to quickly scale when it came to direct indexing.

Published in Wealth Management
Thursday, 24 February 2022 23:44

Advisors Boost Tax Efficiency

In the age of ETFs, many advisors may have a harder time justifying their fees to their clients however a new study shows that the fees alone can be justified by an advisor's ability to manage the tax burden of their clients. The primary method by which an advisor can add alpha to the portfolio is by appropriating funds for their most tax-efficient purposes, such as putting taxable bonds in a tax-deferred account and allocating growth stocks to a tax-free account like a Roth. Advisors also can edge out by advising about how to optimally tax-loss harvest when it comes to their portfolio’s crypto holdings. The main way to capitalize is through taking advantage of crypto’s status as property in the wash rule.


Finsum: Everyone is dying to hold crypto right now, but most haven’t made it big; tax-loss harvesting with the Wash rule exception is an edge as long congress doesn’t adjust the rules.

Published in Wealth Management
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