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TAXABLE ACCOUNTEXCHANGE-TRADED FUNDS, INDEX FUNDS
Low turnover makes them tax-efficient.I-BONDS
These savings bonds defer interest payments.LONG-TERM POSITIONS IN INDIVIDUAL STOCKS
You get the benefit of the long-term capital-gains rate when you sell.MUNICIPAL BONDS/FUNDS
Already tax-exempt.TAX-MANAGED FUNDS
These funds are operated with an eye toward minimizing taxes.TAX-DEFERRED ACCOUNTACTIVELY MANAGED FUNDS
They distribute taxable gains from the sale of profitable stocks after adjusting for losses.ACTIVELY TRADED SECURITIES
You avoid paying capital-gains taxes when you sell a profitable security.TAXABLE BONDS/FUNDS
Most of their returns are in the form of taxable annual interest payments.TIIS (TREASURY INFLATION-INDEXED SECURITIES)
Adjustments made to principal are taxable but don't produce cash.
Data: Morningstar, BusinessWeek