After-Tax Asset Allocation

Posted: 8 Aug 2006

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William Reichenstein

Baylor University - Department of Finance, Insurance & Real Estate


Several studies have found fundamental flaws in the traditional approach to managing individual investors' portfolios, including a failure to distinguish between $1 of pretax funds in a 401(k) and $1 of after-tax funds in either a taxable account or Roth IRA. This study recommends that an individual's asset values be converted to after-tax values and the asset allocation be based on the after-tax values. In general, within the target asset allocation, individuals should hold bonds and other assets subject to ordinary income tax rates in retirement accounts and hold stocks, especially passively managed stocks, in taxable accounts.

Keywords: Private Wealth Management, Asset Allocation, Asset Location, Tax-Efficient Investing; Portfolio Management, Asset Allocation

Suggested Citation

Reichenstein, William, After-Tax Asset Allocation. Financial Analysts Journal, Vol. 62, No. 4, pp. 14-19, July/August 2006, Available at SSRN:

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Baylor University - Department of Finance, Insurance & Real Estate ( email )

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