Pay lower fees to mutual funds by using breakpoints.
Make the Most of Breakpoints
Some tips...don’t spread your money around into several different mutual fund families if there are good funds that meet your objectives with the fund family you are already investing. It probably won’t be worth it in the long run because of the additional expense you will pay upfront. Also, resist splitting your assets into different types of share classes. If you must pay a load, pick either Class A, B, or C and look at the prospectus to find out which will be more cost effective. Usually, the more you invest, the better the savings by using front-end loads with breakpoints.
Research the Fee Structure
When choosing a mutual fund family, you can request to see their breakpoint schedule in advance to make sure they do offer breakpoints and that they are at competitive rates. If you ever feel like you have been ripped off, didn’t receive the breakpoints you should have, or were were pushed into specific load option that was not in your best interest, you can look to file a complaint with the brokerage company or representative. By law, they are required to keep a copy of all complaints on file. If they don’t clear up your concerns you can direct the situation to the SEC, also known as the Securities and Exchange Commission, or the NASD. The best way to avoid these situations is to get the broker’s recommendation in writing and read the prospectus carefully. In the end, an educated investor is the best investor.
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