Lipper Leaders Rating System
Tax Efficiency (US Only)
A Lipper Leader for Tax Efficiency is a fund that has been successful at postponing taxes over the measurement period relative to similar funds.
Lipper Leaders for Tax Efficiency may be the best fit for tax-conscious investors who hold investments that are not in a defined-benefit or retirement plan account. Investors in high federal tax brackets are more likely than those in lower tax brackets to see more benefit from tax-efficient funds.
Tax Efficiency on its own does not take relative or absolute performance into account. Investors can pair Tax Efficiency with Consistent Return and/or Total Return to find funds that have delivered solid relative performance and have been better than their peers in postponing taxable distributions.
How we score Lipper Leaders for Tax Efficiency
Lipper Leader ratings for Tax Efficiency reflect funds' historical success in postponing taxable distributions relative to peers. Scores for Tax Efficiency are computed for all Lipper classifications with five or more distinct portfolios and span both equity and fixed-income funds (e.g., large-cap core, general U.S. Treasury, etc.).
The ratings are subject to change every month and are calculated for the following time periods: 3-year, 5-year, 10-year, and overall. The overall calculation is based on an equal-weighted average of percentile ranks for the Tax Efficiency metrics over three-, five-, and ten-year periods (if applicable). The highest 20% of funds in each classification are named Lipper Leaders for Tax Efficiency, the next 20% receive a rating of 4, the middle 20% are rated 3, the next 20% are rated 2, and the lowest 20% are rated 1.