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op456op writes,

Conversely MF's, in a taxable account, generally have yearly capital gains, some even short term.

That's true of actively-managed funds, but many/most index funds manage to limit capital gains distributions.

For example, Vanguard's Index 500 fund hasn't had an annual short or long-term capital gains distribution since 1999, and the one's before that were all less than 1.00% of asset value.

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