Be in the know. Investment fees are part and parcel of life. It’s akin to finding a good deal in a ticket from a budget airline that comes with a ton of strings attached to it.
Do you want an aisle seat? There’s an extra charge for that.
Do you need to check in your suitcase? Sorry, that’s not free.
The blanket that you requested? Well, that also comes with a fee.
It is so annoying, right?
Just like those hidden airline charges that come like a bolt from the blue, don’t get blindsided with the hidden investment fees. What’s worse is, investment fees are not as crystal clear as those camouflaged airline charges. So it’s time to put your nose to the grindstone and uncover these types of investment fees.
There are a ton of fees to watch out for and most of them are just downright confusing. If you’re part of a local Real Estate Investment Group, the members should be able to help you wade through all the confusion. Otherwise, this is where things get a little rocky. But don’t despair, hold on tight and strap those seatbelts in. We are about to dig in.
So, here’s a quick run-down on the typical six types of investment fees.
These charges are called the fund’s expense ratio. It is a result of the financial gain brought about by the manager and it is one of the most difficult charges and fees to look for. They do a good job at hiding these, especially in the invoices that your planners and advisors send you. You need the most transparent salesperson to clarify and disclose this to you. Most often, the amount is disclosed when there is an investment analysis coming from a third party or holding company.
To wrap things up, bear in mind to do your homework and find the entire cost of an investment.
However, it is crucial to note that investment fees are not all bad. Those costs help make sure that your investments are satisfactorily run and supervised. They give you an assurance and the confidence that you get your money’s worth from the investments you put in. An important caveat before jumping into an investment — know and understand how it works. And you must take into consideration the investment fees.
Be aware of what you’re paying for, be informed how much it costs — don’t leave any stone unturned.
If you do this, you will definitely save yourself from a lot of headaches.