Most stock funds distribute capital gains and income to shareholders at the end of the year, usually in December.

You’ll find estimated distributions on most fund websites, and, if you’re a FundX member, you’ll get detailed distribution information in the December issue.

If you own funds in a taxable account, these distributions are taxable to you, so you’ll want to pay attention to these estimates and decide how to handle them.

If your fund is planning to pay a distribution, you have three choices:

(1) Hold the fund and receive the distribution.

(2) Sell the fund before the record date to avoid the distribution.

(3) Sell the fund after the distribution.

Which choice is right for you?

Here are a few key questions that can help you decide how to move forward:

1. How long have you owned the fund?

If you sold the fund, would you realize a long-term or a short-term gain?

2. How much of a gain or loss do you have in the fund, and how does that compare to the amount of the fund’s distribution?

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How do you decide where to invest? 

We invest on what is actually happening in the market rather than what we think is going to happen,” FundX CEO Janet Brown said on the MoneyLife Show with Chuck Jaffe on November 1, 2018.

There are often many smart people with good reasons why one part of the market should do well, Janet said, but these predictions often don’t pan out.

International funds are one example: analysts thought international markets were undervalued and had more room to run, but foreign markets haven’t done well this year. Instead, U.S. markets have been the place to be.

“There will be a time to come when internationals are going to bring in strong returns,” Janet said. But “we wait until there’s a little bit of sustained performance that we trust before we go in.”

Janet’s Take on 5 Funds and ETFs

In the Hold it or Fold it part of the show, Janet answered listener questions about balanced funds, total market ETFs, emerging market funds and a sustainable ETF. Continue reading “FundX CEO Janet Brown’s Take on 5 Funds & ETFs” »


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