Investment companies are approaching some key dates to meet SEC requirements, passed early this year, for the calculation and release of after-tax data on mutual funds.

The technical details could be nightmarish for fund companies, but planners and their clients could be big winners: Not only will they reap the benefits of the after-tax data, but the new systems that mutual funds will be adopting will be able to provide a lot of other information as well, making fund selection a more rational process.

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