The Values Conversation: Tax Management with Alex Papageorgis
Tuesday, January 30, 2024
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January 2024
The Values Conversation: Tax Management with Alex Papageorgis
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Simplifying tax conversations for your clients with our head of quantitative investments, Alex Papageorgis.

by Alex Papageorgis and Morgan du Plessix

Navigating the intricacies of tax conversations can be a crucial aspect of any adviser’s relationship with their clients. In this episode of “The Values Conversation,” Relationship Manager Morgan du Plessix is joined by Head of Quantitative Investments Alex Papageorgis to delve into the complexities of tax-related dialogues. From unraveling the intricacies of tax loss harvesting to the growing popularity of Donor-advised Funds (DAFs), this episode zooms in on creating a personalized and transparent approach to tax solutions.

Many advisers face challenges in understanding their client's overall tax situation, but the tax conversation can present an opportunity to tailor more bespoke solutions. Here are just a few of the opportunities we’ve identified:

  • Direct indexing can allow for year-round tax loss harvesting opportunities: Tax loss harvesting is a strategic approach to minimize a client's tax bill by offsetting gains with losses in a portfolio. Some advisers hesitate to use this strategy year-round due to the complex infrastructure required. Ethic's technology platform and active tax management capabilities can simplify this cycle of implementation for a more positive client experience.
  • Donor-advised Funds (DAFs) offer unique opportunities: DAFs are gaining popularity for their tax benefits, providing a vehicle for charitable giving and utilizing appreciated securities. DAFs can align portfolios with client values while offering tax advantages.
  • Year-round management: Advisers can bridge the gap between sustainability and tax by revisiting conversations throughout the year, not just annually. Regular conversations offer transparency and the ability to adjust strategies in tandem with client priorities more nimbly.

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Please see additional Tax-Loss Harvesting Disclosures here

Ethic Inc. is a Registered Investment Adviser located in New York, NY. Registration of an investment adviser does not imply any level of skill or training. Information pertaining to Ethic Inc’s registration or to obtain a copy of Ethic Inc.’s current written disclosure statement discussing Ethic Inc.’s business operations, services and fees is available on the SEC’s Investment Adviser Public Information website – or from Ethic Inc. upon written request at Information provided herein is for informational purposes only and does not intend to make an offer or solicitation for the sale or purchase of any specific securities, investments, or investment strategies. Any subsequent, direct communication by Ethic Inc. with a prospective client shall be conducted by a representative of Ethic Inc. that is either registered or qualifies for an exemption or exclusion from registration in the state where a prospective client resides. Information contained herein may be carefully compiled from third-party sources that Ethic Inc. believes to be reliable, but Ethic Inc. cannot guarantee the accuracy of any third-party information.

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Alex Papageorgis is Head of Quantitative Investments at Ethic. He brings nearly a decade of portfolio management experience to the Ethic team, having previously served as a quantitative portfolio manager at Goldman Sachs—a role in which he focused on customized equity portfolios in the smart-beta, tax-efficient, and ESG spaces. Alex also brings experience working on customized solutions for ultra-high net worth individuals, insurance companies, foundations, and large institutions.

Alex graduated summa cum laude from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a double major in mathematics and economics; he also holds an MBA with a specialization in sustainability from NYU Stern School of Business.

Morgan du Plessix was born in Haiti to a Haitian mother and French father and raised between Haiti, France and the Washington D.C. area. She previously worked at UBS Global Wealth Management in roles across the firm’s major business areas including the sustainable investing solutions team and the advisory and planning products group, amongst others. She graduated from New York University where she studied International Relations and Sustainable Business.

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