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Mutual Fund Tax Clienteles

The Journal of Finance, Forthcoming

45 Pages Posted: 18 Mar 2009 Last revised: 7 Dec 2011

Clemens Sialm

University of Texas at Austin - McCombs School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Laura T. Starks

University of Texas at Austin - Department of Finance

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Date Written: December 7, 2011

Abstract

Mutual funds are held by investors in taxable and tax-qualified retirement accounts. We investigate whether the characteristics, investment strategies, and performance of mutual funds held by these diverse tax clienteles differ. Examining both mutual fund distributions and mutual fund holdings, we find that funds held primarily by taxable investors choose investment strategies that result in lower tax burdens than funds held primarily in tax-qualified accounts. Despite these differences, we find no evidence that any investment constraints that may arise from these tax-efficient investment strategies result in performance differences between funds held by different tax clienteles.

Keywords: mutual fund, taxes, retirement

JEL Classification: G23, H24

Suggested Citation

Sialm, Clemens and Starks, Laura T., Mutual Fund Tax Clienteles (December 7, 2011). The Journal of Finance, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1362363 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1362363

Clemens Sialm

University of Texas at Austin - McCombs School of Business ( email )

Austin, TX 78712
United States

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Laura T. Starks (Contact Author)

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