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4th Quarter | 2023

Quarterly recap
What’s happening at FPI
Deadline for contribution to an IRA is approaching

Tax day is right around the corner! Don’t wait until the last minute to establish your new IRA or rollover accounts.

Schwab/TD Ameritrade conversion: Clients will receive two sets of tax documents for 2023

Clients whose accounts transitioned from TD Ameritrade to Schwab last year will receive two sets of tax documents for 2023: One set from TD Ameritrade and one from Schwab.

Clients: If you have any questions about your tax documents, please contact your financial adviser.

Financial advisers: For more information about Schwab tax documents, access Schwab’s Transition Planning Guide.

Don't file too early: Reallocated dividend payments

If you hold a mutual fund, exchange-traded fund (ETF), or real estate investment trust (REIT) in your portfolio, there is a high probability a portion of the dividend payments made throughout the year will be reallocated for tax reporting purposes. Due to late reallocation notices, some account owners will receive a corrected tax form.

FPI’s Quantified STF Fund tops Morningstar category for third time

We're excited to announce that our Quantified STF Fund (QSTFX) outpaced the other 240 funds in the Morningstar Tactical Allocation category in 2023. It is the third time the fund has led its category in the past seven years. The Quantified STF Fund is available to investors four ways: 1. Direct investment in the fund. 2. Investment in FPI’s QFC Self-adjusting Trend Following strategy, a dynamically risk-managed investment strategy that makes use of the fund. 3. Investment in FPI’s QFC Multi-Strategy Explore: Equity Trends strategy, a turnkey option that offers a risk-managed blend of tactical equity strategies. 4. Investment in FPI’s QFC Multi-Strategy Portfolio, a turnkey option that creates multi-strategy, suitability-based portfolios by dynamically allocating among all of the QFC strategies used to create the QFC Multi-Strategy Core and Explore strategies.

For more information, please read the press release about the announcement. To learn more about the fund, please visit https://www.quantifiedfunds.com/stf-fund, or get weekly updates here. You can also see the daily holdings of the fund here. To learn more about the strategies that make use of the fund, visit our Weekly Performance Report.

Auto-populate your FPI investment management agreements with Laser App and Quik! Forms

As part of our ongoing effort to enhance our services, we’re excited to announce that financial advisers can now auto-populate Flexible Plan Investments’ (FPI’s) investment management agreements with client data through Laser App or Quik! Forms. This new offering is available for accounts at Axos Advisor Services, Schwab Institutional, Schwab PCRA and SDBA, Fidelity BrokerageLink, and TIAA SDBA.

To use this new feature, simply search for Flexible Plan Investments within Laser App or Quik! Forms, select either the co-advisory or solicitor agreement (based on your firm’s agreement with us), auto-populate client data through your CRM integration, complete the strategy selection page and custodial forms, and either print the forms or send them to your client through e-signature. Once the forms are signed, forward them to newmoney@flexibleplan.com. For more details on available strategies, please refer to our website.

Like the new feature? Have ideas on improvements? We’d love to hear what you think. Send your feedback to clientservices@flexibleplan.com.

Transaction data for taxable accounts

Each year we get questions from reps and tax preparers about how to handle transaction data for taxable accounts. While Flexible Plan Investments does not provide tax advice, the following procedural information may be useful.

To avoid having to enter each buy/sell transaction, you can use one of the following methods:

  • Axos Advisor Services integrates with Turbo Tax and H&R Block’s tax software, allowing you to download the data directly into the software program. Axos Advisor Services also provides the 1099-B tax data in CSV/spreadsheet format, which can be used with other software programs.
  • Totals can be entered on Schedule D, and a hard copy of the 1099-B data can be submitted separately from the electronically filed return. Totals entered using this method could be labeled “Per schedule submitted with Form 8453.” You would then submit an IRS Form 8453 with the 1099-B tax data to the following address:

Internal Revenue Service

Attn: Shipping and Receiving, 0254

Receipt and Control Branch

Austin, TX 73344-0254

Wash sales: Interest in the subject of wash sales and active management always spikes during tax season. Information about wash sales, their effects, and how to avoid them at Flexible Plan can be found here.

2023 tax form dates and electronic delivery option

Form 1099-R, required minimum distribution (RMD) letters, and all nonretirement account tax forms have been mailed and are available online through Axos Advisor Services’ Liberty website.

Reminder: Legislation effective January 1, 2023, changed the RMD age from 72 to 73.

Axos now offers electronic delivery of all 2023 tax forms, 1099s, and RMD letters. To select electronic delivery, log in to your account on the Liberty website and navigate to the About Your Account and Document Delivery Options section. When you sign up for electronic delivery, you will receive email notifications when account documents are available.

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