What Would Yale Do If It Were Taxable?

Patrick Geddes, Lisa R. Goldberg, and Stephen W. Bianchi, CFA

Financial Analysts Journal Volume 71 · Number 4 ©2015 CFA Institute


The distinctive financial goals and constraints of ultra-high-net-worth individuals together with their aggregate growth in assets have led to the emergence of “New Institutional” investing, which includes the best practices from institutional investors but also incorporates the critical element of tax management. The authors design New Institutional asset allocations that incorporate traditional investment metrics in a tax-aware setting. Specifically, they show how risk and after-tax returns need to be combined from inception when seeking an optimal after-tax asset allocation. Diversification is especially important for taxable investors because low asset class correlations can facilitate the inclusion of attractive but tax-inefficient asset classes in a tax-aware allocation.

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