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Are You Aware of 401k Fees?

A 401(k) is a type of retirement savings plan offered by many employers to their employees. The fees associated with a 401(k) can vary greatly depending on the specific plan and investment options offered by the employer, but here are some common types of fees:

  1. Investment management fees: These are fees charged by the fund managers for managing the investment portfolios within the 401(k) plan. These fees can range from a few basis points to several percent of the total investment.

  2. Administrative fees: These are fees charged by the 401(k) plan administrator for administrative tasks, such as maintaining records and processing contributions and distributions.

  3. Record-keeping fees: These are fees charged for maintaining and updating the records of each participant's account.

  4. Sales charges (load fees): Some mutual funds in a 401(k) plan may have sales charges, also known as load fees, which are charges to buy or sell shares in the fund.

  5. Surrender charges: Some investment options in a 401(k) plan may have surrender charges, which are fees for withdrawing your investment before a specified time period.

  6. Loan origination fees: If you take a loan from your 401(k), there may be a loan origination fee to cover administrative costs.

  7. Loan interest: If you take a loan from your 401(k), you'll have to pay interest on the loan, which can be a percentage of the amount borrowed.

It's important to review the fee disclosure provided by your 401(k) plan and to understand how fees can impact your investment returns over time. In general, lower fees are better as they allow more of your money to remain invested and compound over time.


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