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The ''' Vanguard Tax-Managed Capital Appreciation Fund''' is a very suitable candidate for [[Principles of tax-efficient fund placement|placement in taxable accounts]]. The fund is specifically designed for taxable accounts (the fund is not eligible in [[IRA]] accounts.) The fund tracks the Russell 1000 index of US large and mid cap company  stocks. The fund also tilts towards lower dividend distributing companies within the index. The table below summarizes the fund's relation to a number of tax factors.
  
 
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The Vanguard Tax-Managed Capital Appreciation Fund is a very suitable candidate for [[Principles of Tax-Efficient Fund Placement|placement in taxable accounts]]. The fund is specifically designed for taxable accounts (the fund is not eligible in [[IRA]] accounts.) The fund tracks the Russell 1000 index of US large and mid cap company  stocks. The fund also tilts towards lower dividend distributing companies within the index.
 
 
An investor may desire to occasionally [[Rebalancing | rebalance]] the portfolio allocation in a tax efficient manner, and wish to take opportunities to [[Tax Loss Harvesting | harvest]] tax losses. Because the mutual fund share classes (investor and institutional) of the Tax-Managed Capital Appreciation Fund impose a 1% [[Redemption fee |redemption]] fee on funds invested for less than five years, an investor may wish to consider the [[:Vanguard Large Cap Index Fund Tax Distributions | Vanguard Large Cap Index Fund]], or a large/mid cap index fund or [[ETF]] as alternate selections.
 
 
Keep in mind that Vanguard calculates redemption fees on a first in first out (FIFO) basis, even if you [[Specific Identification of Shares |specify lots]] in another way for tax accounting. Thus, once you have held a large number of shares in the fund for more than five years, you will only pay a redemption fee if your sales exceed the number of shares held more than five years.
 
  
 
The following tables provide long term data on the fund's history of both dividend and capital gains distributions. The first table also provides the historical distribution of qualified dividends.
 
The following tables provide long term data on the fund's history of both dividend and capital gains distributions. The first table also provides the historical distribution of qualified dividends.
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==Distributions==
 
==Distributions==
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The following table provides a view of the fund's historical distributions expressed in terms of yields. We can see that the fund has not distributed a capital gain since its inception in 1994. The fund has distributed 100% [[Qualified dividend | qualified dividends]], which under the current tax regime, are taxed at lower capital gains tax rates.
 
The following table provides a view of the fund's historical distributions expressed in terms of yields. We can see that the fund has not distributed a capital gain since its inception in 1994. The fund has distributed 100% [[Qualified dividend | qualified dividends]], which under the current tax regime, are taxed at lower capital gains tax rates.
  
 
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| align="center" style="background:#f0f0f0;" width=100|'''[[Dividend]] Investor shares''' <ref name="EDGAR"> Dividend data is derived from the [http://sec.gov/cgi-bin/browse-edgar?action=getcompany&CIK=0000923202&type=N-CSR&dateb=&count=40&scd=filings EDGAR annual reports database N-CSR reports back to 2003]; [http://sec.gov/cgi-bin/browse-edgar?action=getcompany&CIK=0000923202&type=N-30D&dateb=&count=40&scd=filings N-30D reports back to 1995]. </ref>
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| align="center" style="background:#f0f0f0;" width=100|'''[[Dividend]] Investor shares'''<br> <ref name="EDGAR"> Dividend data is derived from the [http://www.sec.gov/cgi-bin/browse-edgar?action=getcompany&CIK=0000923202&type=N-CSR&dateb=&count=40&scd=filings EDGAR annual reports database N-CSR reports back to 2003]; [http://www.sec.gov/cgi-bin/browse-edgar?action=getcompany&CIK=0000923202&type=N-30D&dateb=&count=40&scd=filings N-30D reports back to 1995]. </ref>
| align="center" style="background:#f0f0f0;" width=100|'''[[Dividend]] Admiral shares''' <ref name="EDGAR"> Dividend data is derived from the [http://sec.gov/cgi-bin/browse-edgar?action=getcompany&CIK=0000923202&type=N-CSR&dateb=&count=40&scd=filings EDGAR annual reports database N-CSR reports back to 2003]; [http://sec.gov/cgi-bin/browse-edgar?action=getcompany&CIK=0000923202&type=N-30D&dateb=&count=40&scd=filings N-30D reports back to 1995]. </ref>
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| align="center" style="background:#f0f0f0;" width=100|'''[[Dividend]] Admiral shares'''<br> <ref name="EDGAR"> Dividend data is derived from the [http://www.sec.gov/cgi-bin/browse-edgar?action=getcompany&CIK=0000923202&type=N-CSR&dateb=&count=40&scd=filings EDGAR annual reports database N-CSR reports back to 2003]; [http://www.sec.gov/cgi-bin/browse-edgar?action=getcompany&CIK=0000923202&type=N-30D&dateb=&count=40&scd=filings N-30D reports back to 1995]. </ref>
| align="center" style="background:#f0f0f0;" width=100|'''[[Capital gains distribution |Short-term Capital Gains]]''' <ref name="NSAR">Capital Gains are derived from annual reports, and are calculated by dividing the dollar amount capital gain distribution by the average net assets of the fund, derived from [http://sec.gov/cgi-bin/browse-edgar?action=getcompany&CIK=0000923202&type=NSAR&dateb=&count=40&scd=filings NSAR reports]. </ref>
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| align="center" style="background:#f0f0f0;" width=100|'''[[Capital gains distribution |Short-term Capital Gains]]'''<br> <ref name="NSAR">Capital Gains are derived from annual reports, and are calculated by dividing the dollar amount capital gain distribution by the average net assets of the fund, derived from [http://www.sec.gov/cgi-bin/browse-edgar?action=getcompany&CIK=0000923202&type=NSAR&dateb=&count=40&scd=filings NSAR reports]. </ref>
| align="center" style="background:#f0f0f0;" width=100|'''[[Capital gains distribution |Long-term Capital Gains]]''' <ref name="NSAR"> Capital Gains are derived from annual reports, and are calculated by dividing the dollar amount capital gain distribution by the average net assets of the fund, derived from [http://sec.gov/cgi-bin/browse-edgar?action=getcompany&CIK=0000923202&type=NSAR&dateb=&count=40&scd=filings NSAR reports]. </ref>
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| align="center" style="background:#f0f0f0;" width=100|'''[[Capital gains distribution |Long-term Capital Gains]]'''<br> <ref name="NSAR" />  
| align="center" style="background:#f0f0f0;" width=100|'''[[Qualified dividend | Qualifying Dividends]]'''<ref> Data derived from Vanguard site. </ref>
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| align="center" style="background:#f0f0f0;" width=100|'''[[Qualified dividend | Qualifying Dividends]]'''<br><ref> Data derived from Vanguard site. </ref>
| align="center" style="background:#f0f0f0;" width=100|'''(FY) Annual Return - Investor ''' <ref> data derived from annual reports.</ref>
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| align="center" style="background:#f0f0f0;" width=100|'''(FY) Annual Return '''<br> <ref> data derived from annual reports.</ref>
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| 2019||n/a||1.70%||0.00%||0.00%||100.00%||31.46%
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| 2018||n/a||1.69%||0.00%||0.00%||100.00%||-4.97%
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| 2017||n/a||1.73%||0.00%||0.00%||100.00%||22.40%
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| 2016||n/a||1.89%||0.00%||0.00%||100.00%||12.06%
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| 2015||n/a||1.69%||0.00%||0.00%||100.00%||1.68%
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| 2014||n/a||1.66%||0.00%||0.00%||100.00%||12.52%
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| 2013||n/a||1.71%||0.00%||0.00%||100.00%||33.67%
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| 2012||n/a||1.96%||0.00%||0.00%||100.00%||16.35%
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| 2011||n/a||1.65%||0.00%||0.00%||100.00%||1.38%
 
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| 2010||1.51%||1.59%||0.00%||0.00%||100.00%||15.94%
 
| 2010||1.51%||1.59%||0.00%||0.00%||100.00%||15.94%
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| 1994||1.26%||-|||0.00%||0.00%||n/a||-0.50%
 
| 1994||1.26%||-|||0.00%||0.00%||n/a||-0.50%
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==Accounting statistics==
 
==Accounting statistics==
 
 
The accounting figures and associated ratios (tables 3 and 4) can help one visualize some of the major determinants of a fund’s tendency to distribute taxable gains. These determining features include:
 
The accounting figures and associated ratios (tables 3 and 4) can help one visualize some of the major determinants of a fund’s tendency to distribute taxable gains. These determining features include:
  
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# A large and growing net asset base serves to diffuse any realized capital gains across a large base of shareholders and reduces the per share gain distribution. Large outflows have the opposite effect; any gains realized are spread across a smaller asset base and result in higher per share distributed gains. <ref> [[Larry Swedroe |Larry E. Swedroe]], ''What Wall Street Doesn’t Want You To Know'',  2001, pp.227-28. ISBN 0312335725 </ref>
 
# A large and growing net asset base serves to diffuse any realized capital gains across a large base of shareholders and reduces the per share gain distribution. Large outflows have the opposite effect; any gains realized are spread across a smaller asset base and result in higher per share distributed gains. <ref> [[Larry Swedroe |Larry E. Swedroe]], ''What Wall Street Doesn’t Want You To Know'',  2001, pp.227-28. ISBN 0312335725 </ref>
  
'''''The level of unrealized gains and carryover realized losses in a fund''''': Index funds defer gains realization and often accumulate significant unrealized appreciation, which if distributed, would be taxed; thus the unrealized gain/loss figure shows the potential gain (or loss) that would be realized if the portfolio was to be entirely liquidated. Any loss carryovers a fund possesses can be used to offset future realized gains (carryovers have an eight year expiration period).  
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'''''The level of unrealized gains and carryover realized losses in a fund''''': Index funds defer gains realization and often accumulate significant unrealized appreciation, which if distributed, would be taxed; thus the unrealized gain/loss figure shows the potential gain (or loss) that would be realized if the portfolio was to be entirely liquidated. Any loss carryovers a fund possesses can be used to offset future realized gainsd).  
 
 
  
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==Turnover==
 
==Turnover==
 
''Reference article: [[Average net assets]]
 
''Reference article: [[Average net assets]]
  
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==Tax rates==
 
==Tax rates==
 
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Mutual fund distributions will be taxed according to the tax laws governing the investment over the holding period of the investment, which are subject to change. The actual tax imposed will depend upon each individual's tax rate and the timing of purchases and sales. The federal tax rates applicable to mutual fund distributions and investor sales of securities for the period 2013 onward are outlined below. Keep in mind that investment income may also be subject to state and local taxation.  
Mutual fund distributions will be taxed according to the tax laws governing the investment over the holding period of the investment, which are subject to change. The actual tax imposed will depend upon each individual's tax rate and the timing of purchases and sales. The federal tax rates applicable to mutual fund distributions and investor sales of securities for the period 2008 - 2012 are outlined below. Keep in mind that investment income may also be subject to state and local taxation.  
 
 
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#Short-term capital gains distributions are made from realized gains on securities held for one year or less. Short-term gains are taxed at ordinary income tax rates up to 35%. Mutual fund short-term gain distributions are included in a fund's [[Ordinary dividend | ordinary dividend]] distribution; therefore, capital losses may not be subtracted from these distributions when computing taxes.
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#Short-term capital gains distributions are made from realized gains on securities held for one year or less. Short-term gains are taxed at ordinary income tax rates up to 37%. Mutual fund short-term gain distributions are included in a fund's [[Ordinary dividend | ordinary dividend]] distribution; therefore, capital losses may not be subtracted from these distributions when computing taxes.
#[[Capital gains distribution |Long-term capital gains distributions]] are made from realized gains on securities held for more than one year. Long-term gains are taxed at 0% for taxpayers in the 10% and 15% tax brackets and at 15% for taxpayers in the 25%, 28%, 33%, and 35% tax brackets. (These tax rates are mandated for 2008-2012.)  They are reported on tax Schedule D along with any other capital gains, and can be reduced by capital losses.
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#[[Capital gains distribution |Long-term capital gains distributions]] are made from realized gains on securities held for more than one year. Long-term gains are taxed at 0% for taxpayers in the 10% and 12% tax brackets, at 15% for taxpayers in the middle tax brackets, and at 20% in between the 35% and 37% tax brackets. They are reported on tax Schedule D along with any other capital gains, and can be reduced by capital losses.
#[[Qualified dividend]]s are the ordinary dividends <ref>''[http://www.fairmark.com/mutual/ordinary.htm Fairmark says]'':
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#[[Qualified dividend]]s are the ordinary dividends <ref group="notes">''[http://www.fairmark.com/mutual/ordinary.htm Fairmark says]'':
 
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A portion of your [[Ordinary dividend | ordinary dividend]] may be nonqualified because it can include items like these:
 
A portion of your [[Ordinary dividend | ordinary dividend]] may be nonqualified because it can include items like these:
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Almost all of the dividends distributed by [[REIT |Equity REITS]] come in the form of non-qualified dividends. Non-qualified dividends are taxed at marginal income tax rates.  
 
Almost all of the dividends distributed by [[REIT |Equity REITS]] come in the form of non-qualified dividends. Non-qualified dividends are taxed at marginal income tax rates.  
</ref> that are subject to the same 0% or 15% maximum tax rate that applies to net capital gain. They should be shown in box 1b of the Form 1099-DIV you receive. Qualified dividends are subject to the 15% rate if the regular tax rate that would apply is 25% or higher. If the regular tax rate that would apply is lower than 25%, qualified dividends are subject to the 0% rate.  
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</ref> that are subject to the same tax rate that applies to long-term capital gains. They should be shown in box 1b of the Form 1099-DIV you receive.  
#[[Tax Loss Harvesting | When you sell at a loss]] you will either offset capital gains which would have otherwise been taxed at your capital gains rate or you will offset income (up to $3,000 maximum per year) which would have otherwise been taxed at your marginal income tax rate, or both. If you offset capital gains that would have otherwise not been taxed at all (because your capital gains tax rate is 0%) then this part of the tax loss harvest may be an outright loss.</blockquote>
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#[[Tax loss harvesting | When you sell at a loss]] you will either offset capital gains which would have otherwise been taxed at your capital gains rate or you will offset income (up to $3,000 maximum per year) which would have otherwise been taxed at your marginal income tax rate, or both. If you offset capital gains that would have otherwise not been taxed at all (because your capital gains tax rate is 0%) then this part of the tax loss harvest may be an outright loss.
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#The Affordable Care Act imposes a Medicare surcharge of 3.8% on all net investment income (NII) once the taxpayer's adjusted gross income exceeds $200,000 (single) or $250,000 (married); while this tax is not part of the income tax, it has the same effect on investors as a higher tax rate. The NII tax begins to apply to individuals falling in the 37% tax bracket. Thus the top effective marginal tax rate is 23.8% on qualified dividends and long-term gains, 40.8% on ordinary investment income.</blockquote><br>
  
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==Tax analysis==
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As a tax-managed fund, the Vanguard Tax-Managed Capital Appreciation fund has not distributed a capital gain since inception and has provided 100% qualified dividend distributions since the establishment of this tax preference.
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The annual fund accounting figures show that the fund has provided average single digit turnover rates (excepting a 26% turnover rate in 2009) over the 1994-2018 period. This low turnover can be attributed to the fact that stock migration out of a large cap index (in this instance, the S&P 500 index) can come in the following dimensions:
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# An individual company becomes relatively smaller and migrates to a mid cap index;
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# An individual company is bought out or merged with a second company.
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The fund has recorded net inflows throughout its history, with the exception of net redemption in 2009-2010 and once again in 2012. Shareholder redemption has recently gravitated around 10%, suggesting an average shareholder holding period of 10 years. One should note however, that shareholder redemption spiked upwards in FY 2005 (35%) and FY 2001 (41%). The fund has realized net losses in a plurality of years since inception, and has always maintained a loss carryover reserve to offset realized gains. The fund used a substantial portion of its carryover loss reserve in FY 2008, which has reduced the available carryover for subsequent years. The fund realized in-kind redemption gains, which are not taxable, in each year from 2015 to 2019.
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The following table presents the federal tax cost on the fund's historical distributions (see second tab, table 6.) under the current tax regime (with dividends and long term capital gains taxed at 0%, 15% or 20% depending on marginal tax rate, and an additional 3.8% ACA Net Investment Income Tax assessed on higher tax brackets). Keep in mind that distributions can also be subject to [[:State income taxes | state and local taxation]], with marginal rates ranging from 0% to 13% (an average 5% state tax rate will add an approximate 0.08% to the annual tax cost of holding the fund.) The average is based on the results from 2004-2019, the period comprising the qualified dividend tax regime. The average dividend yield over this period is somewhat higher than the average over the 1994-2010 period.
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The table does not include the capital gains cost associated with selling the fund at a gain. <ref group="notes"> This table indicates the additional cost for the capital-gains tax when you sell, assuming that you pay taxes on the distribution and reinvest the after-tax portion of the distribution; since it is a one-time cost, the effect is annualized.  For example, if you hold an investment for 30 years and lose 10% to taxes when you sell, that is equivalent to losing 0.35% every year.  Thus, if you sell the fund, your cost will be the sum of the Table 6 and Table 7 costs.  However, you would not pay the Table 7 cost on any stock which you either leave to your heirs or donate to charity, and thus may not pay that cost on your full investment.  In particular, you might estimate your total tax cost by using the low-return line in Table 7; if stock returns are high, you will have a large taxable account and will reduce the tax cost by taking longer to deplete it or by not spending it all during your lifetime.
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Taxes are computed at a tax rate of 15% on long-term gains (except in the "rate rises to 20% column", which applies if that tax reduction is allowed to expire), and on qualified dividends (except in the "no QDI" column, which applies if the tax reduction on qualified dividends expires and the rate is 35%).  Although not tabulated, keep in mind that investors in the lower tax brackets (15% or lower) pay lower federal tax rates on investment income for the period 2003 - 2019, and reap higher after-tax returns, outside of tax-exempt municipal bonds, in all asset classes.
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! Fund !! Pre-tax Returns !! Distributions !! Tax Cost !! Annualized cost over 10 years !! Annualized cost over 20 years !! Annualized cost over 30 years !! 30-year cost if CG tax rate rises to 20%
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| any|| all || any || 0.00% || 0.00% || 0.00%|| 0.00%
 
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! colspan="5" style="background:#efefef;" | 2008 - 2012 || colspan="4" style="background:#efefef;" | 2013 -
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| 5.00% || 2.00% || 0.30% || 0.36% || 0.30% || 0.25% || 0.33%
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! width = 75 | Ordinary Income Tax Rate
 
! width=100 | Short-term Capital Gains<br>Tax Rate
 
! width=100 | Long-term Capital Gains<br>Tax Rate
 
! width=100 | Ordinary Dividends <br>Tax Rate
 
! width=100 | Qualified Dividends <br>Tax Rate
 
! width = 75 | Ordinary Income Tax Rate
 
! width=100 | Short-term Capital Gains<br>Tax Rate
 
! width=100 | Long-term Capital Gains<br>Tax Rate
 
! width=100 | Ordinary Dividends <br>Tax Rate
 
 
 
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!10%
 
| 10% || 0% || 10% || 0% || style="background:#efefef;" |'''15%''' || 15% || 10% || 15%
 
 
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!15%
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! Tax-efficient stock, medium returns
| 15% || 0% || 15% || 0% || style="background:#efefef;" | '''28%''' || 28% || 20% || 28%
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| 8.00% || 2.00% || 0.30% || 0.63% || 0.47% || 0.37% || 0.50%
 
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!25%
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! Tax-efficient stock, high returns
| 25% || 15% || 25% || 15% || style="background:#efefef;" | '''31%''' || 31% || 20% || 31%
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|11.00% || 2.00% || 0.30% || 0.84% || 0.58% || 0.43% || 0.58%
 
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!28%
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! Tax-inefficient stock, low returns
| 28% || 15% || 28% || 15% || style="background:#efefef;" | '''36%''' || 36% || 20% || 36%  
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| 5.00% || 4.00% || 1.00% || 0.12% || 0.10% || 0.09% || 0.12%
 
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! Tax-inefficient stock, medium returns
| 33% || 15% || 33% || 15% || style="background:#efefef;" rowspan="2" | '''39.6%''' || rowspan="2" | 39.6% || rowspan="2"| 20% || rowspan="2"| 39.6%
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| 8.00% || 4.00% || 1.00% || 0.43% || 0.33% || 0.26% || 0.35%
 
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|11.00% || 4.00% || 1.00% || 0.66% || 0.47% || 0.35% || 0.47%
 
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==Fund analysis==
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==Notes==
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==See also==
 
==See also==
*[[:Vanguard Statistical Data Spreadsheets]]
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*[[Vanguard statistical data spreadsheets]]
*[[: Large Cap Index Returns]]
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*[[US large cap index returns]]
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*[[Vanguard tax-managed fund tracking error]]
  
 
==References==
 
==References==
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==External links==
 
==External links==
'''Vanguard'''
 
 
*[https://personal.vanguard.com/us/funds/snapshot?FundId=0102&FundIntExt=INT#hist=tab%3A4 Current Tax Attributes]
 
*[https://personal.vanguard.com/us/funds/snapshot?FundId=0102&FundIntExt=INT#hist=tab%3A4 Current Tax Attributes]
*[https://personal.vanguard.com/us/insights/taxcenter/qdi/yearend-qualified-dividend-income-2010 Qualified dividend income—2010]
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*[https://taxfoundation.org/2019-state-individual-income-tax-rates-brackets/ State Individual Income Tax Rates, 2019], The Tax Foundation
*[https://personal.vanguard.com/us/insights/taxcenter/qdi/yearend-qualified-dividend-income-2009 Qualified dividend income—2009]
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*[https://personal.vanguard.com/us/insights/taxcenter/tax-information-vanguardfunds  Tax information-Vanguard funds], qualified dividends, see also past years data tab.
*[https://personal.vanguard.com/us/insights/taxcenter/yearend-qualified-dividend-income-2008 Qualified dividend income—2008]
 
 
 
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Latest revision as of 18:22, 30 December 2020

The Vanguard Tax-Managed Capital Appreciation Fund is a very suitable candidate for placement in taxable accounts. The fund is specifically designed for taxable accounts (the fund is not eligible in IRA accounts.) The fund tracks the Russell 1000 index of US large and mid cap company stocks. The fund also tilts towards lower dividend distributing companies within the index. The table below summarizes the fund's relation to a number of tax factors.

Table 1. Summary
Fund Distributions.jpg Favorable tax factors Fund Distributions.jpg Unfavorable tax factors

Historical gains distributions : None
Dividends: Low
Qualified dividends: Yes (avg. 100%)
Turnover: Very low
Stock Migration: Low

ETF shares : No

The following tables provide long term data on the fund's history of both dividend and capital gains distributions. The first table also provides the historical distribution of qualified dividends.

The second table provides a database of the fund's accounting figures: the annual level of realized and distributed gains; its level of unrealized gains and loss carryforwards; as well as the annual in-kind redemption gains the fund has realized. These figures highlight the level of a fund's tax liabilities.

Because both manager turnover of securities inside the portfolio and investor turnover of fund shares can affect the level of gains realization, a third table provides historical turnover ratios.

Distributions

The following table provides a view of the fund's historical distributions expressed in terms of yields. We can see that the fund has not distributed a capital gain since its inception in 1994. The fund has distributed 100% qualified dividends, which under the current tax regime, are taxed at lower capital gains tax rates.

Vanguard Tax-Managed Capital Appreciation Fund Tax Distributions
Year Dividend Investor shares
[1]
Dividend Admiral shares
[1]
Short-term Capital Gains
[2]
Long-term Capital Gains
[2]
Qualifying Dividends
[3]
(FY) Annual Return
[4]
2019 n/a 1.70% 0.00% 0.00% 100.00% 31.46%
2018 n/a 1.69% 0.00% 0.00% 100.00% -4.97%
2017 n/a 1.73% 0.00% 0.00% 100.00% 22.40%
2016 n/a 1.89% 0.00% 0.00% 100.00% 12.06%
2015 n/a 1.69% 0.00% 0.00% 100.00% 1.68%
2014 n/a 1.66% 0.00% 0.00% 100.00% 12.52%
2013 n/a 1.71% 0.00% 0.00% 100.00% 33.67%
2012 n/a 1.96% 0.00% 0.00% 100.00% 16.35%
2011 n/a 1.65% 0.00% 0.00% 100.00% 1.38%
2010 1.51% 1.59% 0.00% 0.00% 100.00% 15.94%
2009 1.74% 1.80% 0.00% 0.00% 100.00% 29.03%
2008 1.66% 1.72% 0.00% 0.00% 100.00% -37.63%
2007 1.51% 1.57% 0.00% 0.00% 100.00% 6.07%
2006 1.51% 1.56% 0.00% 0.00% 100.00% 14.40%
2005 1.25% 1.29% 0.00% 0.00% 100.00% 7.49%
2004 1.40% 1.47% 0.00% 0.00% 100.00% 11.75%
2003 1.09% 1.16% 0.00% 0.00% n/a 31.72%
2002 0.87% 0.95% 0.00% 0.00% n/a -23.45%
2001 0.60% 0.79% 0.00% 0.00% n/a -15.34%
2000 0.36% - 0.00% 0.00% n/a -10.13%
1999 0.47% - 0.00% 0.00% n/a 33.50%
1998 0.62% - 0.00% 0.00% n/a 27.95%
1997 0.70% - 0.00% 0.00% n/a 27.29%
1996 0.91% - 0.00% 0.00% n/a 20.92%
1995 0.97% - 0.00% 0.00% n/ 34.38%
1994 1.26% - 0.00% 0.00% n/a -0.50%

Accounting statistics

The accounting figures and associated ratios (tables 3 and 4) can help one visualize some of the major determinants of a fund’s tendency to distribute taxable gains. These determining features include:

Turnover: The rate at which a fund manager sells securities within the fund has a major effect on potential gains realization. Single digit annual fund turnover percentages result in a low rate of realized gains. Similarly, fund shareholders' sales flows have major effects on a fund’s distribution tendencies. Net flows into the fund have the following effects:

  1. Constant inflows allow a fund manager to purchase a wide range of price lots for shares. The manager can select high basis shares when forced to sell a stock (this may realize a loss). The manager can also select low basis shares when redeeming a stock in-kind (a non-taxable transaction that can remove an unrealized gain out of the portfolio.) This redemption technique is primarily employed with institutional creation and redemption of ETF shares. [5] Net inflows mean that shareholders are not forcing the manager to liquidate assets (and realize gains or losses) in order to meet redemptions. Large outflows can force such liquidation.
  2. A large and growing net asset base serves to diffuse any realized capital gains across a large base of shareholders and reduces the per share gain distribution. Large outflows have the opposite effect; any gains realized are spread across a smaller asset base and result in higher per share distributed gains. [6]

The level of unrealized gains and carryover realized losses in a fund: Index funds defer gains realization and often accumulate significant unrealized appreciation, which if distributed, would be taxed; thus the unrealized gain/loss figure shows the potential gain (or loss) that would be realized if the portfolio was to be entirely liquidated. Any loss carryovers a fund possesses can be used to offset future realized gainsd).

Table 3.


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Definition of terms
Net sales/redemptions
This statistic reveals whether investors are net buyers or sellers of the fund.
Realized gain/loss
A realized capital gain/loss is an increase (or decrease) in the value of a security that is "real" because the security has been sold by the portfolio manager. The capital gains/losses are "realized" by the fund, and any distributions to the shareholder as a result of realized gains (adjusted for any realized losses) are taxable during the tax year in which the security was sold. Realized losses can be used to offset realized gains in an attempt to reduce taxable gains. If realized losses are higher than realized gains, a fund can "carry forward" these excess losses to offset future gains. In-kind redemption gains are included as gains in this statistic. As these gains are not taxable, they must be deducted from the realized/gain tally to reflect the net gain/loss for the year. (see tax attributes for the net gain computation).
Distributed gains
A net realized gain will be distributed to shareholders as a capital gains distribution.
Unrealized gain/loss
An unrealized capital gain/loss (also called a "paper profit or loss") is an increase (or decrease) in the value of a security that isn't "real" because the security hasn't been sold. When a portfolio manager sells a security, however, the capital gains/losses become "realized" by the fund, and any realized gains (net of any losses) are taxable during the tax year in which the security was sold. Funds with low turnover rates, such as index funds, tend to have more unrealized gains than actively managed funds and are less likely to pass taxable gains on to investors. A fund's unrealized appreciation or depreciation figures are valuable because they can give an idea of whether a fund would need to distribute any gains if all of its securities were sold. Such information may help you determine your potential exposure to taxable distributions.
This statistic is volatile, and will increase or decrease depending on market returns.
Loss carryforward
Realized losses can be “carried forward”, over an unlimited span of years, to offset any future net realized gains.
In-kind redemptions
Instead of selling securities, a portfolio manager may elect to distribute securities in-kind to redeeming shareholders. Unlike a sale, an in-kind transfer is not taxable. This technique is frequently used in the ETF creation/redemption process. For institutional redemptions, a portfolio manager can select low-basis securities to transfer (removing the embedded tax liability) from the portfolio.

Turnover

Reference article: Average net assets

Table 4.


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Definition of terms
Average net assets
Average net assets are derived from NSAR and N-CEN reports from the EDGAR database.
Redemptions
The dollar amount of fund shares sold by shareholders.
Sales
The dollar amount of fund shares bought by shareholders.
Turnover
The rate at which the fund manager sells securities within the portfolio. The reciprocal of this number reflects the average holding period of the portfolio. Low turnover often results in low capital gains realization.
R/ANA
The redemptions/average net assets (R/ANA) ratio reflects how fund shareholders are turning over their holdings in the fund. It is analogous to the investment manager's turnover ratio.
R/S
The redemption/sales ratio (R/S) illustrates whether investors are net buyers or sellers of the fund. A ratio of less than 1 means that investors are net purchasers of the fund. A ratio more than one means investors are net sellers of the fund. The R/ANA and R/S ratios, viewed together, can signal market timing activity within a fund. For example a fund showing an R/ANA ratio of 400% and an R/S ratio of 1 (equal buys and sells) is likely being market timed by fund shareholders.

Tax rates

Mutual fund distributions will be taxed according to the tax laws governing the investment over the holding period of the investment, which are subject to change. The actual tax imposed will depend upon each individual's tax rate and the timing of purchases and sales. The federal tax rates applicable to mutual fund distributions and investor sales of securities for the period 2013 onward are outlined below. Keep in mind that investment income may also be subject to state and local taxation.

  1. Short-term capital gains distributions are made from realized gains on securities held for one year or less. Short-term gains are taxed at ordinary income tax rates up to 37%. Mutual fund short-term gain distributions are included in a fund's ordinary dividend distribution; therefore, capital losses may not be subtracted from these distributions when computing taxes.
  2. Long-term capital gains distributions are made from realized gains on securities held for more than one year. Long-term gains are taxed at 0% for taxpayers in the 10% and 12% tax brackets, at 15% for taxpayers in the middle tax brackets, and at 20% in between the 35% and 37% tax brackets. They are reported on tax Schedule D along with any other capital gains, and can be reduced by capital losses.
  3. Qualified dividends are the ordinary dividends [notes 1] that are subject to the same tax rate that applies to long-term capital gains. They should be shown in box 1b of the Form 1099-DIV you receive.
  4. When you sell at a loss you will either offset capital gains which would have otherwise been taxed at your capital gains rate or you will offset income (up to $3,000 maximum per year) which would have otherwise been taxed at your marginal income tax rate, or both. If you offset capital gains that would have otherwise not been taxed at all (because your capital gains tax rate is 0%) then this part of the tax loss harvest may be an outright loss.
  5. The Affordable Care Act imposes a Medicare surcharge of 3.8% on all net investment income (NII) once the taxpayer's adjusted gross income exceeds $200,000 (single) or $250,000 (married); while this tax is not part of the income tax, it has the same effect on investors as a higher tax rate. The NII tax begins to apply to individuals falling in the 37% tax bracket. Thus the top effective marginal tax rate is 23.8% on qualified dividends and long-term gains, 40.8% on ordinary investment income.


Filing status and annual taxable income - 2021 Ordinary income tax rate
Single Married Filing Jointly or Qualified Widow(er) Married Filing Separately Head of Household Trusts and Estates
$0-$9,950 $0-$19,900 $0-$9,950 $0-$14,200 $0-$2,650 10%
$9,951-$40,525 $19,901-$81,050 $9,951-$40,525 $14,201-$54,200 n/a 12%
$40,526-$86,375 $81,051-$172,750 $40,526-$86,375 $54,201-$86,350 n/a 22%
$86,376-$164,925 $172,751-$329,850 $86,376-$164,925 $86,351-$164,900 $2,651-$9,550 24%
$164,926-$209,425 $329,851-$418,850 $164,926-$209,425 $164,901-$209,400 n/a 32%
$209,426-$523,600 $418,851-$628,300 $209,426-$314,150 $209,401-$523,600 $9,551-$13,050 35%
$523,601+ $622,051+ $314,1511+ $523,601+ $13,051+ 37%
  • Capital gains on collectibles and small business stock are taxed at the normal tax rate but a maximum of 28%. Collectibles are defined in 26 USC 408(m). Small business stocks are per Section 1202. Reference: Alistair M. Nevius (May 1, 2013). "Qualified small business stock". Association of International Certified Professional Accountants. Journal of Accountancy. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  • Unrecaptured Section 1250 gain (from depreciation taken on real property) is taxed at the normal tax rate but a maximum of 25%.
  • In addition, there is a 3.8% Medicare tax rate on investment income in excess of an adjusted gross income of $200,000 ($250,000 for married filing jointly), and 0.9% on salary and self-employment income in excess of this level. See: ACA net investment income tax
Filing status and annual taxable income - 2021 Long-term capital gain rate
Single Married Filing Jointly or Qualified Widow(er) Married Filing Separately Head of Household Trusts and Estates Qualified dividends and other investments
$0-$40,400 $0-$80,800 $0-$40,400 $0-$54,100 $0-$2,700 0%
$40,401-$445,850 $80,801-$501,600 $40,401-$250,800 $54,101-$473,750 $2,701-$13,250 15%
$445,851+ $501,601+ $250,801+ $473,751+ $13,251+ 20%
Filing status and annual taxable income - 2020 Ordinary income tax rate
Single Married Filing Jointly or Qualified Widow(er) Married Filing Separately Head of Household Trusts and Estates
$0-$9,875 $0-$19,750 $0-$9,875 $0-$14,100 $0-$2,600 10%
$9,876-$40,125 $19,751-$80,250 $9,876-$40,125 $14,101-$53,700 n/a 12%
$40,126-$85,525 $80,251-$171,050 $40,126-$85,525 $53,701-$85,500 n/a 22%
$85,526-$163,300 $171,051-$326,600 $85,526-$163,300 $85,501-$163,300 $2,601-$9,450 24%
$163,301-$207,350 $326,601-$414,700 $163,301-$207,350 $163,301-$207,350 n/a 32%
$207,350-$518,400 $414,701-$622,050 $207,351-$311,025 $207,351-$518,400 $9,451-$12,950 35%
$518,401+ $622,051+ $311,026+ $518,401+ $12,951+ 37%
  • Capital gains on collectibles and small business stock are taxed at the normal tax rate but a maximum of 28%. Collectibles are defined in 26 USC 408(m). Small business stocks are per Section 1202. Reference: Alistair M. Nevius (May 1, 2013). "Qualified small business stock". Association of International Certified Professional Accountants. Journal of Accountancy. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  • Unrecaptured Section 1250 gain (from depreciation taken on real property) is taxed at the normal tax rate but a maximum of 25%.
  • In addition, there is a 3.8% Medicare tax rate on investment income in excess of an adjusted gross income of $200,000 ($250,000 for married filing jointly), and 0.9% on salary and self-employment income in excess of this level. See: ACA net investment income tax
Filing status and annual taxable income - 2020 Long-term capital gain rate
Single Married Filing Jointly or Qualified Widow(er) Married Filing Separately Head of Household Trusts and Estates Qualified dividends and other investments
$0-$40,000 $0-$80,000 $0-$40,000 $0-$53,600 $0-$2,650 0%
$40,001-$441,450 $80,001-$496,600 $40,001-$248,300 $53,651-$469,050 $2,651-$13,150 15%
$431,451+ $496,601+ $248,301+ $469,051+ $13,151+ 20%


Tax analysis

As a tax-managed fund, the Vanguard Tax-Managed Capital Appreciation fund has not distributed a capital gain since inception and has provided 100% qualified dividend distributions since the establishment of this tax preference.

The annual fund accounting figures show that the fund has provided average single digit turnover rates (excepting a 26% turnover rate in 2009) over the 1994-2018 period. This low turnover can be attributed to the fact that stock migration out of a large cap index (in this instance, the S&P 500 index) can come in the following dimensions:

  1. An individual company becomes relatively smaller and migrates to a mid cap index;
  2. An individual company is bought out or merged with a second company.

The fund has recorded net inflows throughout its history, with the exception of net redemption in 2009-2010 and once again in 2012. Shareholder redemption has recently gravitated around 10%, suggesting an average shareholder holding period of 10 years. One should note however, that shareholder redemption spiked upwards in FY 2005 (35%) and FY 2001 (41%). The fund has realized net losses in a plurality of years since inception, and has always maintained a loss carryover reserve to offset realized gains. The fund used a substantial portion of its carryover loss reserve in FY 2008, which has reduced the available carryover for subsequent years. The fund realized in-kind redemption gains, which are not taxable, in each year from 2015 to 2019.


The following table presents the federal tax cost on the fund's historical distributions (see second tab, table 6.) under the current tax regime (with dividends and long term capital gains taxed at 0%, 15% or 20% depending on marginal tax rate, and an additional 3.8% ACA Net Investment Income Tax assessed on higher tax brackets). Keep in mind that distributions can also be subject to state and local taxation, with marginal rates ranging from 0% to 13% (an average 5% state tax rate will add an approximate 0.08% to the annual tax cost of holding the fund.) The average is based on the results from 2004-2019, the period comprising the qualified dividend tax regime. The average dividend yield over this period is somewhat higher than the average over the 1994-2010 period.

The table does not include the capital gains cost associated with selling the fund at a gain. [notes 2]

Table 6.


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Notes

  1. Fairmark says:

    A portion of your ordinary dividend may be nonqualified because it can include items like these:

    • Taxable interest. When a mutual fund receives taxable interest, the income gets paid out as a dividend. It's a dividend when it goes out of the mutual fund, but it wasn't a dividend when it came into the mutual fund, so it can't be a qualified dividend.
    • Nonqualified dividends. Your mutual fund may receive dividends that are nonqualified. For example, the mutual fund may sell shares just 35 days after buying them, but after receiving a dividend. The mutual fund has to hold the shares at least 61 days to have a qualified dividend. Any amount the mutual fund receives as a nonqualified dividend gets paid to you as a nonqualified dividend.
    • Short-term capital gain. When a mutual fund has a short-term capital gain, it pays this amount to the mutual fund shareholders as an ordinary dividend.
    • Holding mutual fund shares less than 61 days. You should also be aware that any dividend you receive on mutual fund shares held less than 61 days is a nonqualified dividend, even if the mutual fund reports that amount to you as a qualified dividend. You don't have to buy the shares 61 days before the dividend is paid, but the total amount of time you hold the shares (including time before and after the dividend) has to be at least 61 days.
  2. Almost all of the dividends distributed by Equity REITS come in the form of non-qualified dividends. Non-qualified dividends are taxed at marginal income tax rates.

  3. This table indicates the additional cost for the capital-gains tax when you sell, assuming that you pay taxes on the distribution and reinvest the after-tax portion of the distribution; since it is a one-time cost, the effect is annualized. For example, if you hold an investment for 30 years and lose 10% to taxes when you sell, that is equivalent to losing 0.35% every year. Thus, if you sell the fund, your cost will be the sum of the Table 6 and Table 7 costs. However, you would not pay the Table 7 cost on any stock which you either leave to your heirs or donate to charity, and thus may not pay that cost on your full investment. In particular, you might estimate your total tax cost by using the low-return line in Table 7; if stock returns are high, you will have a large taxable account and will reduce the tax cost by taking longer to deplete it or by not spending it all during your lifetime. Taxes are computed at a tax rate of 15% on long-term gains (except in the "rate rises to 20% column", which applies if that tax reduction is allowed to expire), and on qualified dividends (except in the "no QDI" column, which applies if the tax reduction on qualified dividends expires and the rate is 35%). Although not tabulated, keep in mind that investors in the lower tax brackets (15% or lower) pay lower federal tax rates on investment income for the period 2003 - 2019, and reap higher after-tax returns, outside of tax-exempt municipal bonds, in all asset classes.
    Table 7. Additional hypothetical tax costs (after taxable funds are sold)
    Fund Pre-tax Returns Distributions Tax Cost Annualized cost over 10 years Annualized cost over 20 years Annualized cost over 30 years 30-year cost if CG tax rate rises to 20%
    Any bond any all any 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Tax-efficient stock, low returns 5.00% 2.00% 0.30% 0.36% 0.30% 0.25% 0.33%
    Tax-efficient stock, medium returns 8.00% 2.00% 0.30% 0.63% 0.47% 0.37% 0.50%
    Tax-efficient stock, high returns 11.00% 2.00% 0.30% 0.84% 0.58% 0.43% 0.58%
    Tax-inefficient stock, low returns 5.00% 4.00% 1.00% 0.12% 0.10% 0.09% 0.12%
    Tax-inefficient stock, medium returns 8.00% 4.00% 1.00% 0.43% 0.33% 0.26% 0.35%
    Tax-inefficient stock, high returns 11.00% 4.00% 1.00% 0.66% 0.47% 0.35% 0.47%

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Dividend data is derived from the EDGAR annual reports database N-CSR reports back to 2003; N-30D reports back to 1995.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Capital Gains are derived from annual reports, and are calculated by dividing the dollar amount capital gain distribution by the average net assets of the fund, derived from NSAR reports.
  3. Data derived from Vanguard site.
  4. data derived from annual reports.
  5. When a fund redeems ETF shares, it prepares a basket of securities that it exchanges in-kind to an institutional investor. The basket often includes a modest cash component for exact settlement. An astute ETF manager can use this as an opportunity to raise cash by selling some high basis stock for a realized loss.
  6. Larry E. Swedroe, What Wall Street Doesn’t Want You To Know, 2001, pp.227-28. ISBN 0312335725

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