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It was advised not to buy mutual funds in December due to the distributions and taxes. Is this a concern if they are purchased in an IRA account?

Is it likely that enough people are influenced by such advice so that the market is distorted when it comes to MF share values? Is there a noticeable dip in new investments into MF in Dec or a spike in Jan?

I am aware of the distribution and tax issues. Just curious if enough people adjust their buying habits or if the automatic purchases drowned out any timing.

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