Home Latest Commentary chevron_right Adviser Fund Update A Holiday Gift to Avoid November 23, 2011 A Holiday Gift to Avoid Don’t “Buy the Dividend” While Shopping This Year! While Thanksgiving marks the official start of the holiday season, it also signals that time of year when many mutual funds release estimates of their year-end distributions of income and capital gains. In December, many funds will pay out accumulated income, as they do every year. This income, as well as any capital gains distributions you receive from funds held outside of a tax-advantaged retirement account are taxable in the year they are received–so any income or capital gains you get as a holiday bonus this year will have to be included in your 2011 tax return come April. If you are planning to make any additional purchases before year-end, it’s important to know when your funds are planning to make their year-end distributions. Why? Because if you buy shares of a fund prior to its “ex-dividend” date (the date on which the fund’s price is reduced by the amount of the expected dividendA cash payment to investors who own stock in the company. or capital gain), you will be on the hook for paying taxes on additional distributions on those shares even though you didn’t own the shares when that income was “earned.” Buying shares just prior to the ex-dividend date is often referred to as “buying the dividend,” and it’s something we avoid whenever possible for our clients. To help you avoid this mistake when investing in Fidelity or Vanguard funds, we’ve put together an alphabetical list of funds that are currently scheduled to pay out income and/or capital gains next month. Fidelity funds that do not appear on the list are not expected to make distributions this year, however, this information is subject to change. (Vanguard had not released its full distribution schedule before we went to print–we’ll include their calendar in our next update.) Note that any shares you own on the fund’s “record date” will be eligible for distributions. So, again, to avoid additional distributions just before the end of the tax-year, don’t buy a fund, or additional shares in a fund until after the record date. As mentioned above, the information that Vanguard has provided to date applies only to estimated capital gains distributions–the dates for each fund listed are for all share classes (Investor, Admiral, Signal and Institutional), with the exception of ETFA type of security which allows investors to indirectly invest in an underlying basket of financial instruments (these may include stocks, bonds, commodities or other types of instruments). Shares in an ETF are publicly traded on an exchange, and the price of an ETF’s shares will fluctuate throughout the trading day (traditional mutual funds trade only once a day). For example, one popular ETF tracks the companies in the S&P 500, so buying a share of the ETF gets an investor exposure to all 500 companies in the index. shares, which you can find in a separate table below. About Adviser Investments Adviser Investments operates as an independent, professional wealth management firm with expertise in Fidelity and Vanguard funds, actively managed mutual funds, ETFsA type of security which allows investors to indirectly invest in an underlying basket of financial instruments (these may include stocks, bonds, commodities or other types of instruments). Shares in an ETF are publicly traded on an exchange, and the price of an ETF’s shares will fluctuate throughout the trading day (traditional mutual funds trade only once a day). 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