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Sunday, February 26, 2006

Fama & French on Simplifying Tax Treatment of Exchange-Traded Funds

Interesting op-ed in the Weekend Wall Street Journal:   Keep It Simple, by Eugene F. Fama (University of Chicago) & Kenneth R. French (Dartmouth, Tuck School of Business):

We suggest a simplification of the tax code that levels the playing field for [exchange-traded funds] and ordinary funds. Taxation of distributed dividends continues. (It hits the shareholders of ETFs and ordinary funds in the same way.) But taxation of capital gains occurs only when fund shareholders redeem their shares. In other words, we suggest that mutual fund capital gains should be taxed in the same way as gains on other securities.

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You are right on the money with this one. Well said!

Tyrell parkins

Posted by: Tyrell parkins | May 2, 2006 10:33:31 PM