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Tax Aware Investment Management: The Essential Guide

ISBN: 978-1-57660-180-8
301 pages
January 2006
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Investment returns are uncertain, especially in today’s economic environment. But taxes are a sure thing.

That's one reason why tax-aware investment management is essential for building and maintaining wealth.

In this comprehensive, groundbreaking book, Douglas S. Rogers, CFA, explains why many accepted investment strategies and techniques developed for tax-exempt institutional investors don't work for individuals who are subject to taxes. They will end up with substantially lower after-tax returns simply because their portfolios are not structured or managed with tax obligations in mind.

This book shows:

  • How to measure and compare the tax-efficiency of mutual funds, hedge funds, and individual investment managers
  • How the widely used style-box matrix can prove detrimental to after-tax investment returns
  • How to minimize taxes on stock-and-bond portfolios and employ sophisticated strategies for offsetting gains against losses
  • How to decide which asset categories should be placed in tax-deferred accounts such as IRAs and which should be placed in regular taxable accounts
  • How to incorporate tax-aware techniques and insights into all facets of investment planning, portfolio management, and estate planning
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Table of Contents



Part One: Evolution of Knowledge Pertaining to Tax-Aware Investment Management.

1 The Evolution of Tax-Aware Investment Management.

2 The Sources and Impact of Taxes on Investment Returns.

3 Seminal Research.

4 The Tax-Aware Practitioner.

5 Creating the Triumvirate of Qualified Professionals.

Part Two: After-Tax Reporting and Measures of Tax Efficiency.

6 Mutual Fund After-Tax Reporting.

7 Separate Account After-Tax Reporting.

8 Measures of Tax Efficiency.

Part Three: Tax-Aware Portfolio Management.

9 Outperforming the Index Fund.

10 Quantitative Tax-Aware Portfolio Management and Concentrated Stock.

11 Practices of Elite Tax-Aware Equity Active Managers.

12 Practices of Elite Tax-Aware Fixed Income Active Managers.

13 The Hedge Fund Dilemma.

14 Amending the Search Process for Tax-Aware Manager Selection.

Part Four: Challenging Traditional Asset Allocation Methods.

15 Challenges with Traditional Investment Policy Development.

16 Developing After-Tax Asset Class Assumptions.

17 Why the Style Box Hurts Taxable Investors.

18 Positioning Assets by the Tax Characteristics of the Entity.

19 The Role of Systems Solutions in Tax-Aware Investing.



Continuing Education Exam.


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Author Information

Douglas S. Rogers, CFA, is a nationally known authority on tax-aware investment management. He is a managing director and senior consultant at CTC Consulting Inc., a subsidiary of U.S. Trust Corporation, where he serves ultra-high-net-worth families. Rogers is currently chair of the CFA Institute (formerly AIMR) Subcommittee for After-Tax Return Reporting. He is a former chief investment officer and director of manager research for nationally known investment advisory firms and holds an MBA in finance from Southern Methodist University. A chartered financial analyst (CFA), Rogers is a frequent speaker on tax-aware investment management and after-tax reporting standards at industry conferences.
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"If you've ever tried playing two games of chess simultaneously and then, to your horror, realized that a move on one board was actually impacting your other game, you can understand how private investors feel about investments and taxes. Until Doug Rogers tackled this complex and confounding topic, professionals and investors alike had few resources to guide them. From being a voice in the wilderness in the 1990s to being a most respected guru in the field, Doug Rogers contributes mightily to the wealth management industry with Tax-Aware Investment Management."
Charlotte B. Beyer
Founder and CEO, Institute for Private Investors

"If you believe it's not what you make but what you keep, this is must-reading. Practical, pragmatic and professional, Doug Rogers brings a wealth of knowledge and common sense to tax-aware investment management. Planning, measuring and implementing, product and process—it's all here."
Harold Evensky
Chairman, Evensky & Katz
Author, Wealth Management

"Finally! A to-do manual on how best to keep the money our investments make! Most investors—and most investment managers—invest as though taxes can’t be managed (or worse, don't exist). Doug Rogers has studied these issues as much as almost anyone in the finance world and has assembled a commonsense guide to help navigate our investment choices with an eye on the tax man's take."
Robert D. Arnott
Chairman, Research Affiliates, LLC
Editor, Financial Analysts Journal

"Doug Rogers combines his many years of experience with a high degree of technical knowledge to create an innovative guide with a fresh perspective on tax-aware strategies.  In my opinion, it is an essential tool for private investors and wealth management professionals to manage portfolios holistically and effectively."
Ralph C. Rittenour Jr.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CTC Consulting, Inc.

"This is the definitive work on this complex and rapidly evolving subject. Doug Rogers covers an array of topics—including security analysis, portfolio construction methodologies, the manager search process, asset allocation, and technology developments—in a way that everyone can immediately apply to more effectively manage wealth from an after-tax perspective. Whether you are an investor, portfolio manager, investment consultant, private banker, financial adviser, accountant, or estate attorney, Tax-Aware Investment Management will give you the knowledge to allow you to differentiate yourself in today's competitive environment."
Thomas J. Boczar, CFA, Esq.
Chairman, Private Wealth Management Committee,
New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA)

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