To understand asset location, it is important to consider two areas: asset allocation and how investment accounts are taxed. Pure’s Financial Planner, Sumit Mehta, CFP®, AIF®, discusses why and how to use asset location in your investment decisions.
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What is asset location?
To understand asset location, it is important to understand two areas first: asset allocation, and how investment accounts are taxed.
Let’s start with the first: Asset allocation simply refers to the way assets are mixed and mingled – that is, what percentage of your account gets invested in stocks vs. bonds vs. real estate, as one example. Or in high growth stocks vs. income producing bonds, as another example.
Moving on to the second, investment accounts and their taxation. They are generally taxed in three different ways. There are tax free accounts, such as ROTH accounts, tax deferred accounts such as 401k’s, and taxable accounts such as brokerage accounts.
Now let’s get back to asset location. This effectively means choosing an account with the most favorable tax treatment for any given piece of your asset allocation. High growth stocks and mutual funds, for example, are well served being located in a tax free or ROTH account. While income producing bonds are better being purchased in a tax deferred account such as a 401k or a regular IRA.
While what you make on your investments is certainly important, what you keep is even more important. Having investments in places they receive the most favorable tax treatment allows you to keep more of your hard-earned money. This is the overarching reason to use asset location in all of your investment decisions.
If you’d like to find out more about your own asset location situation, contact Pure for a free tax analysis.
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