Use this calculator to see how much your management fees are really costing you. What’s MER? It’s an acronym for Management Expense Ratio; it’s basically the total fees (as a percentage) that a mutual fund charges. More information on MER here: http://profitmoose.com/beginners/how-to-judge-etfs-and-why-i-paid-900-to-ditch-mutual-funds/
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Try the calculator with a few scenarios and you’ll see what a 3% MER really costs.
“But I get investment advice from my mutual fund advisor. That’s what the fees are for”
How often do you really speak with your advisor? Once or twice a year? Is it worth $1500 per meeting? Books, podcasts, financial blogs, wealthy friends, and/or fee-only advisors can be your teachers.
Sell your mutual funds, seriously
Mutual fund companies are motivated by profit, and they increase their profits by getting clients. They get clients by being attractive and masking their true fees. 3% doesn’t sound like much, but imagine if they advertised fees of $3000/year, or $150,000 from your total retirement fund.
“Give us your money, for only 40% of your retirement fund we’ll invest it for you. Don’t worry that’s only a few hundred thousand dollars.”
-Your old advisor
Sell your mutual funds and buy their index fund or ETF counterparts. If you really need a financial advisor get one that charges a flat fee instead of the profit-motivated mutual fund salesperson.
Note: The calculator doesn’t consideration taxes, inflation, stock market crashes, dollar cost averaging, brokerage fees, etc. (most of the big bank calculators don’t either though)Spam your friends: