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Who is Paying Your Investment Fees?

The other day I met with a long time client and we were talking about some of her early investing experiences. She told me she started at a local bank and they offered her investment management services. She happily accepted and for years she thought it was a complimentary service provided by the bank and reminded me that she didn’t realize there were fees associated with her investing until our first meeting.

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Looking Beyond the Balance

For anyone that has a TSA for their 403b, you can multiply your balance by 2.5% and that would give you a rough estimate of the total cost of your 403b per year (please understand there are many fees imbedded in a TSA so your personal account can be higher or lower than my estimate above). This means, if your 403b account value is $100,000, then you are paying approximately $2,500 per year in fees! If you want to get a more accurate estimate of cost, please see my new calculator by clicking 403b Calculator. This is a great tool to see how cost will impact your account balance over time. If you have a statement in front of you, it should take you about 5 minutes to enter in the data.

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