Generate Better After-Tax Returns with Direct Indexing

Learn why direct indexing with a separately managed account (SMA) is more tax-efficient than an index fund or ETF.

Kevin Maeda, Chief Investment Officer, Direct Indexing, Natixis Investment Managers Solutions, explains the tax differences between index funds, ETFs, and separately managed accounts.
  • While index mutual funds and ETFs are reasonably tax-efficient, investors must still pay taxes on their dividends and periodic capital gain distributions.
  • For tax-sensitive investors, there’s another way to index, using a separately managed account, also known as an SMA.
  • With a direct indexing SMA, investors have the potential for higher returns after taxes, because they own the stocks directly.
  • This means any losses in the portfolio can be used to offset taxable gains, so investors can keep more of their investment earnings after taxes.
Separately managed accounts (SMAs) are investment portfolios owned by an investor and managed by a professional investment firm.

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