This is the time of year when mutual funds make their annual distributions. The distributions, in this case, involve capital gains and ordinary income. They are the profits realized by the funds, most commonly through the sale of their portfolio’s holdings. To the extent that these gains cannot be offset by losses, they are passed onto shareholders.
The distributions are taxable events for investors holding such funds in taxable accounts. Fortunately, the size of the tax bite appears to be less severe at the high end. Mark Wilson of CapGainsValet.com says that only 109 funds have announced distributions in excess of 10% of their net assets. This is down from 517 in 2014 and 391 in 2015.
Mark’s data was surprising given the length of the bull market. Should the current bull market keep running into March, it will celebrate its eighth birthday. Such a long length will have given fund managers plenty of time to use up their losses from the last bear market and accumulate plenty of gains to pass along to shareholders. The distributions data for this year shows this is not the case. So what gives? Read more »
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The Week Ahead
The Federal Open Market Committee will hold a two-day meeting, starting on Tuesday. The meeting statement along with updated committee member forecasts will be released at approximately 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Fed chair Janet Yellen will hold a press conference at 2:30 p.m ET. The CME’s FedWatch tool places a 97.2% chance on interest rates being raised by a quarter of a percentage point.
Elsewhere on the economic calendar, November import and export prices will be released on Tuesday. Wednesday will feature the November Producer Price Index (PPI), November retail sales, November industrial production and capacity utilization and October business inventories. The November Consumer Price Index (CPI), the December Philadelphia Fed business outlook survey, the December Empire State manufacturing survey and the December housing market index will be released on Thursday. Friday will feature November housing starts and building permits.
Richmond Federal Reserve Bank president Jeffrey Lacker will speak on Friday.
The Treasury Department will auction $24 billion of three-year notes and $20 billion of 10-year notes on Monday, and $12 billion of 30-year bonds on Tuesday.
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