Embedded Tax Liabilities & Portfolio Choice
Posted: 11 Jul 2011 Last revised: 10 Jun 2014
Date Written: August 24, 2011
This study presents an improved method of dealing with embedded tax liabilities in portfolio choice. We argue that using a risk-free discount rate is appropriate for calculating the present value of future tax liabilities. Supportive of recent research, our results found a taxation-induced preference of holding equities over bonds, and a location preference of holding equities in the taxable account and bonds in retirement accounts. These important findings contrast with traditional investment advice which suggests a greater capacity for risk in retirement accounts.
Keywords: Taxes, asset allocation, portfolio choice
JEL Classification: G11
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