401 k Hidden Fees and Expenses

401 k Hidden Fees and Expenses

A 401 k Is The Most Expensive Way to Invest Because it is Infested with Three Wealth Killers 

  1. Taxes
  2. Market Risk
  3. High Commissions, Fees and Expenses

You Could Only be a 40.2% Partner in your 401(k)  the IRS and Wall Street get the rest.
You Could Only be a 40.2% Partner in your 401(k) the IRS and Wall Street get the rest.

Over a 30 to 40 year period, Commissions, Fees and
Expenses can reduce your 401 k accumulation by 33%.  A $600,000 accumulation can be reduced by $200,000 to $400,000.  In other words, without the commissions, fees and expenses your accumulation would be 50% higher.

Most 401 ks are invested in Mutual Funds.  Annual cost of Mutual Funds are estimated to be 2.27% to 3.17%

What Difference Does it Make?

So what? On the surface, 2.27% doesn’t seem like that big a deal.

But let’s assume that stocks return 7%, a modest assumption based on historical data. If you lose 2.27% in an actively managed fund to all these fees, it will consume 33% of your total return over a lifetime of investing.

This is the magic of compounding. With these fees, you’re losing 2.27% every year, but you’re also losing the interest or growth you would have enjoyed had you not lost the 2.27% to begin with.

In one year or even five years, that may not be a big deal. But in 10 years, it starts to hurt. In 20 to 30 years, as this problem builds up, it has more and more impact. And, according to Mr. Bogle, you end up losing almost 33% of your returns.  Read more…

Hidden Fees Drastically Impair Growth in 401 k Plans

How to Avoid Hidden 401 k Fees

401 k Hidden Fees Part 1

401 k Hidden Fees Part 2

401 k Hidden Fees Part 3

The Truth Behind Hidden Fees in 401 k Plans (Part 1/3)

The Truth Behind Hidden Fees in 401 k Plans (Part 2/3)

The Truth Behind Hidden Fees in 401 k Plans (Part 3/3)

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