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Uncovering Hidden Investment Fees: How They Could Cost You More Than Your House

Updated: Apr 15

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The Impact of Hidden Fees

Have you ever considered the impact of hidden fees on your investments? It's a topic that often goes unnoticed, but the truth is, these fees could be costing you more than you think.

Understanding Expense Ratios

The first step to understanding these fees is to check the expense ratio on your investment statements. This number, typically between 0.5% and 1.0%, represents the percentage you're paying each year to manage your investments.

The Cost Over Time

For example, let's say you're contributing $5,000 per year to your 401k for 40 years at a 9% average return. If your expense ratio is 1.5%, you could end up paying over $600,000 in fees by the time you retire. That's money that could have been in your pocket instead of going to fees.

Taking Action

The good news is you can take action to reduce these fees. By switching to funds with lower expense ratios, such as index funds with a 0.04% expense ratio, you could potentially save hundreds of thousands of dollars over your investing lifetime.

Making Informed Decisions

It's important to note that while there are certain funds where it might make sense to pay a higher fee, these are the exception rather than the rule. In many cases, funds with the lowest fees, like index funds, actually perform better than those with higher fees.

Reviewing Your Investments

So, take the time to review your investment statements and understand the fees you're paying. Ideally, you'll want to see expense ratios of less than 0.3%. By doing so, you could potentially save yourself a substantial amount of money and secure a more comfortable retirement.

At CQ Consulting Services, we're committed to assisting you in making well-informed investment decisions, which includes providing opportunities at low or no cost. If you have any questions or need assistance with your investments, contact us today. And don't forget to check out our podcasts for more money-saving tips and tricks. 

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