Are financial advisors useful? Evidence from tax-motivated mutual fund flows
AbstractWe are the first to show that financial advisors generate tangible benefits for their clients in the form of useful tax advice. Investors who purchase mutual funds through financial advisors exhibit a stronger tendency of avoiding taxable distributions than those who do not. Our calculations imply that this tendency could generate after-tax returns that are higher by 63 basis points per year, on average. The benefits from financial advice increase when investors face large and hard to predict tax liabilities and pay more for advice. Evidence from December distributions is consistent with financial advisors also helping clients with tax-loss selling. --
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Mutual funds; Taxable fund distributions; Financial advisors; After-tax returns;
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- G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
- G24 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Investment Banking; Venture Capital; Brokerage
- H24 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Personal Income and Other Nonbusiness Taxes and Subsidies
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