Even in an outstanding year for stocks, there are still losers. Precious metals stocks and funds, for example. Others include some individual stocks, commodities, some emerging markets, and many types of bonds.

Harvesting capital losses at year-end can be a valuable tactic, especially for high-income clients. Such clients may owe tax on capital gains at high effective rates going forward, and they can offset those highly-taxed gains with a “bank” of realized capital losses.

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