DIRECT INDEXING: Is Direct Indexing Right for You?

See how direct indexing compares to index funds and ETFs for investors who want to customize their accounts or minimize investment-related taxes.

Kevin Maeda, Chief Investment Officer of Direct Indexing at Natixis Investment Managers Solutions, examines the differences between index funds, ETFs and direct index separately managed accounts.
  • In a direct index account, investors own the underlying stock positions directly, providing greater opportunities for tax-efficiency and customization.
  • For assets in taxable accounts, direct indexing can offer substantially better after-tax returns than index funds or ETFs, particularly for investors in the highest tax brackets.
  • Direct index accounts can provide an effective solution for investors with large, low-cost positions in a single stock who want to diversify their holdings but minimize capital gain taxes.
  • Accounts can also be customized, excluding specific companies or industries or tilting toward companies with desired characteristics, such as dividend yield or value.

Tax-Efficient Investing in Separately Managed Accounts (SMAs)

Direct Indexing SMAs can help address key issues facing tax-sensitive investors. All accounts are actively managed to optimize tax loss harvesting while providing beta exposure to an index. Our tax-managed SMAs include:

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Diversification does not guarantee a profit or protect against a loss.

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