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Subject: Re: reinvest bond fund dividends or not?? Date: 4/28/2005 10:23 AM
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"When I sell, I tend to sell the whole shebang, in part for rreasons you mention. But I will do dollar cost averaging in IRA's."

Bruce, with an IRA it doesn't matter. If it's a traditional IRA, you will pay taxes on all distributions at your marginal rate (no special capital gains rate or stock dividend rate), except on any after-tax contributions (which you'd better keep track of). With Roths, of course, there are no taxes.

I don't think brokerages/funds will tell you first in/first out. Most do provide average cost basis, though as Russ points out, if you switch around you are probably out of luck even with that. I believe Vanguard provides a complete list of shares bought, though that may only be if you sell all your fund shares (at which point you just use average cost basis, anyway).

I have trouble coming up with any real world scenario when FIFO is advantageous, except to the IRS, of course, since with stock funds, typcially, shares bought earlier have higher capital gains than shares bought later. FIFO would be a good tax strategy in a linear bear market.
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