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Fees Of Mutual Funds – Mutual Funds According To Cost

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Introduction

 

 

The number of bond and equity mutual funds have grown dramatically over the last decade.

Mutual funds are popular because they can provide investors with benefits such as diversification, liquidity, and professional management.

For some investors, having so many choices makes investing in mutual funds an overwhelming experience. However, the decision becomes easier when you have a better understanding of mutual funds. One way to better understand mutual funds is to consider the fees of mutual funds and how it may factor into the revenue generated by the fund. In this lesson, we’ll discuss these fees and commissions and show you how to sort through mutual funds to find those that best suit your needs.

 

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Mutual Funds Commissions And Fees

 

 

Let’s start by discussing how mutual funds are grouped. They’re split into three broad share class categories: A shares, B shares, and C shares.

The share class generally indicates the fees associated with investing in a particular mutual fund.

Class A shares charge a sales fee at the time of purchase. This fee is also called a front-end load.

But one potentially attractive feature of Class A shares is its lower expense ratio, which is an ongoing fee deducted from your investment. These lower expense ratios can make Class A shares an attractive choice for investors seeking to invest in a large amount of capital for a longer period of time.

Another perk is that the more money you invest, the cheaper the front-end sales fee becomes. These discounts are called “break points”.

In contrast to Class A shares, B shares do not have any front-end sales charges, but instead do the opposite.

B shares charge a deferred sales charge when selling the shares. This fee is sometimes referred to as a back-end load. However, this fee declines over time – and it should be noted that Class B shares tend to have a higher expense ratio than that of Class A shares.

At the end of a seven or eight-year time period, B shares typically convert to Class A shares, eliminating the sales charge.

A third class of shares is known as Class C. These shares are exempt from front-end charges, and usually include a lower deferred sales charge than B shares.

However, unlike class B, fees do not decrease with the passage of time, but stay intact throughout the life of a C share, making it a more expensive option in the long run – as this leads to a higher expense ratio than that of Class A and B.

 

 

Let’s look at how these different fee types affect funds, and when you should select A, B, or C shares.

For example, Class C shares appear to be the most suitable choice for a short-term investment of three years or less, because of the low entry fees.

At five years, the suitable choice for investments more than $100,000 shifts to Class A. This becomes even more pronounced with 10 or 20-year time horizons.

Investments more than $100,000 clearly favor Type A. This is likely due to the volume investment discounts that some Class A funds allow.

In summary, the different classes are most suited for the following situations:

Class A is typically better suited for large investments of $100,000 or more, particularly when held for five years or more.

Class B is generally suited for long-term investments of over 10 years.

And Class C appears to be most suitable for short-term investments of one to three years.

Investors should consider all investment amounts and holding periods before deciding on a particular share class. Investors should also consider factors such as investment performance and diversification, and avoid selecting a share class exclusively based on cost.

 

Quick Recap

In Review…..

Fees Of Mutual Funds

  • Investors should consider all investment amounts and holding periods before deciding on a particular share class
  • Investors should also consider factors such as investment performance and diversification, and avoid selecting a share class exclusively based on cost
  • The share class generally indicates the fees associated with investing in a particular mutual fund

 

 

Mutual Funds are split into three broad share class categories…

 

  1. Class A Shares
  • Class A shares charge a sales fee at the time of purchase. This fee is also called a front-end load
  • But one potentially attractive feature of Class A shares is its lower expense ratio, which is an ongoing fee deducted from your investment
  • These lower expense ratios can make Class A shares an attractive choice for investors seeking to invest in a large amount of capital for a longer period of time
  • Another perk is that the more money you invest, the cheaper the front-end sales fee becomes. These discounts are called “break points”
  • At five years, the suitable choice for investments more than $100,000 shifts to Class A. This becomes even more pronounced with 10 or 20-year time horizons
  • Investments more than $100,000 clearly favor Type A. This is likely due to the volume investment discounts that some Class A funds allow
  • Class A is typically better suited for large investments of $100,000 or more, particularly when held for five years or more

2. Class B Shares

  • In contrast to Class A shares, B shares do not have any front-end sales charges, but instead do the opposite
  • B shares charge a deferred sales charge when selling the shares. This fee is sometimes referred to as a back-end load. However, this fee declines over time – and it should be noted that Class B shares tend to have a higher expense ratio than that of Class A shares
  • At the end of a seven or eight-year time period, B shares typically convert to Class A shares, eliminating the sales charge
  • Class B is generally suited for long-term investments of over 10 years

3. Class C Shares

  • A third class of shares is known as Class C. These shares are exempt from front-end charges, and usually include a lower deferred sales charge than B shares
  • However, unlike class B, fees do not decrease with the passage of time, but stay intact throughout the life of a C share, making it a more expensive option in the long run – as this leads to a higher expense ratio than that of Class A and B
  • Class C shares appear to be the most suitable choice for a short-term investment of three years or less, because of the low entry fees
  • And Class C appears to be most suitable for short-term investments of one to three years

 

These are primarily how mutual funds are classified according to the commissions and fees that are charged periodically for the upkeep and management of the fund you choose to invest in.

Some investors may tend to favor one or the other – and in some cases, all three. In order to figure out which Class Share Category that is right for you, you must first determine…

  1. Your Initial Investment Account (Some Class Shares are better suited for larger amounts, while others are best suited for a small amount of capital)
  2. Your Time Horizon (Are you looking for short-term quick profits or do you want gradual and steady growth)
  3. Your Risk Tolerance (Some Class Shares are better suited for investors who seek more risk in comparison to those that are for more conservative investors)
  4. Investment Performance & Diversification (These are two factors to keep in mind when choosing a mutual fund that best fits your investing goals) – and of course……
  5. Costs (You need to determine how much you are comfortable spending in sales loads (front and back-end), management fees (expense ratios), and additional fees, such as taxes.)

 

 

Of course, you shouldn’t let the cost intimidate you – as these are standard protocol that comes with investing in certain mutual funds – but these are all things that you should take into account before you decide to invest any capital in a mutual fund.

I hope you have enjoyed this post and found the information to be quite useful. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to leave them down in the comment thread below and make sure to like and share this post.

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