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Unlocking Mutual Fund Costs: What Are You Really Paying For?


Mutual funds come with a variety of internal costs, which are essential for investors to understand as they can impact the overall return on investment. Today, we'll take a look into some of these costs and show how this could affect your portfolio. But first, let me introduce myself. My name is Warren Berger. I'm the owner of Luminary Financial Advisors. We're located in Cocoa Beach, Florida, and serving people across the country. We help people create and implement tax efficient retirement plans, so let's go through these costs. First on the list is the management fee. This is the fee you pay to the fund manager for their expertise in selecting securities. It's a compensation for their skill in navigating the market and their effort to maximize returns on your behalf. Next, we have the 12B-1 fee. This fee is dedicated to marketing and distribution costs. It's the cost associated with promoting the mutual fund and ensuring it reaches a broader audience of potential investors.

Then there are the administrative fees. These are the costs involved in the daily operations of the fund. It covers everything from maintaining records, handling inquiries to managing reports, and other logistical tasks. If we combine all of these fees, it gives us the expense ratio. The expense ratio represents the total annual cost of the fund expressed as a percentage of its assets. It's a crucial metric as it directly affects the fund's net returns. Lastly, we come to the transaction costs. These are the costs that arise every time the mutual fund buys or sells securities. Each transaction carries with its some costs, and these over time can influence the returns you see, let's look a little deeper into how the expense ratio, even a seemingly small percentage, can have a profound effect over the long term. Imagine you're investing $10,000 in a mutual fund with a projected annual return of 8% without any internal costs.

In one year, your investment would grow to $10,800. Sounds straightforward. Right? Now, introduce an expense ratio of 1%. This means annually 1% of the fund’s total assets are taken as fees. So instead of getting the full 8%, your return is effectively reduced to 7%. Now, fast forward 20 years without considering any additional contributions and just letting the interest compound, the difference becomes even more stark. With an 8% return, your $10,000 would grow to approximately $46,600, but with a 7% return after accounting for the expense ratio, your investment would stand at roughly $38,700. That's a difference of nearly $7,900 all due to a 1% annual fee. This goes to show the critical importance of understanding and accounting for the expense ratio. When you're considering a mutual fund, a seemingly small percentage can translate into thousands of dollars over the life of an of an investment. I hope this has been helpful. If you'd like to get some

Help with your personal financial situation, I have a link to my personal calendar below. Or you can go to luminary financial advisors.com to set up a complimentary call with me. Whether or not we decide to work together, I'll always make sure you get pointed in the right direction. I also have links below to some checklists and flow charts to help you on your personal financial journey. And finally, check out the link to our Facebook group called 10 Years to Retirement, where we put out tons of education for people about to head into retirement. Thanks for watching, and I'll see you next time.