TORONTO, November 5, 2014 – RBC Global Asset Management Inc. (RBC GAM Inc.) today announced that Passive Foreign Investment Company (PFIC) Annual Information Statements will be made available to U.S. taxpayer clients holding certain Canadian-domiciled funds that are part of the RBC GAM fund families. These statements will be available on more than 70 RBC Funds, PH&N Funds and RBC Private Pools (RBC GAM funds) for the 2014 tax year.
"As part of our continued effort to meet the evolving needs of our clients, we are pleased to provide PFIC reporting on a wide range of our investment solutions," said Doug Coulter, president of RBC GAM Inc. "With this reporting available on more than 70 funds and private pools offered by RBC GAM Inc., investors have a robust line-up of options that provide them with the ability to apply the appropriate tax rules to their investments according to their status as U.S. taxpayers."
The PFIC reports issued by RBC GAM Inc. will provide U.S. taxpayers with the option to elect to treat certain RBC GAM funds as Qualifying Electing Funds (QEFs) on their U.S. tax returns. This allows U.S. investors access to capital gains tax rates on their holdings of these funds and prevents the application of certain amounts of tax deficiency interest penalties.
For more information and to access the full list of RBC GAM funds that will have PFIC reporting, please visit: http://funds.rbcgam.com/_assets-custom/pdf/pfic-october-2014-e.pdf
RBC Global Asset Management (RBC GAM) is the asset management division of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), and includes institutional money managers BlueBay Asset Management and Phillips, Hager & North Investment Management. RBC GAM is a provider of global investment management services and solutions to individual, high-net-worth and institutional investors through mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, hedge funds, pooled funds, separate accounts and specialty investment strategies. RBC GAM group of companies manage more than C$350 billion in assets and have approximately 1,200 employees located across Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia.
RBC Global Asset Management is part of RBC Wealth Management, which is one of the world's top five largest wealth managers*. RBC Wealth Management directly serves affluent, high-net-worth and ultra-high net worth clients in Canada, the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia with a full suite of banking, investment, trust and other wealth management solutions. The business also provides asset management products and services directly and through RBC and third party distributors to institutional and individual clients, through its RBC Global Asset Management business (which includes BlueBay Asset Management). RBC Wealth Management has more than C$690 billion of assets under administration, more than C$426 billion of assets under management and approximately 4,400 financial consultants, advisors, private bankers, and trust officers. For more information, please visit www.rbcwealthmanagement.com .
*Scorpio Partnership Global Private Banking KPI Benchmark 2013. In the United States, securities are offered through RBC Wealth Management, a division of RBC Capital Markets, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada. Member NYSE/FINRA/SIPC.