Questions tagged [fees]

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Do “growth of $10k” charts for mutual funds account for fees? I've found conflicting information

I've had several people advise me that the growth of $10k charts that you see for mutual funds, and provided by, e.g., Morningstar, account for the expense ratio of that fund (but not sales loads). So ...
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Is there any US bank that does not charge for incoming wire transfers? [closed]

I use CurrencyFair to exchange currency between EUR and USD. I was surprised to see a $10 wire transfer fee at the end of the chain when CurrencyFair transfered from their BofA account to my BofA ...
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What expenses do 401k funds charge?

What expenses do 401k funds charge? For example, do they charge front-end or back-end loads (commission when buying or selling funds)? Also how do I find out if the 401k administrator charges a fee?
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Am I obligated to file through a tax preparer after an unsatisfactory consultation?

I have been doing my taxes for 25 years with TurboTax. Like others, I was a bit upset at them for doubling the price of their software, so I decided I would make an appointment with H&R Block, ...
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How do I make a small investment in the stock market? What is the minimum investment required?

I am not rich, so I am talking one to two hundred U.S. dollars per month only. I would like to know whether I can buy stock using that little amount of money, and how to do that if possible? As an ...
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What is an appropriate level of 401k fees or expenses in a typical plan?

I am aware that there are fees involved in a company 401(k) plan. These can vary widely depending on where you work and the particulars of a plan. What would be an appropriate amount of fees and ...
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ETF vs Mutual Fund: How to decide which to use for investing in a popular index?

How do you decide between investing in an ETF, vs. in a mutual fund, for the popular stock indexes? Trading costs, tax efficiency, capital gains?
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401(k) plan/investment fees: Are they the expense ratios, or something else as well?

I have a naive question. 401(k) fees are a popular topic lately. I am very interested in this as I max out my 401(k) contribution every year, well past the employer match. I am not sure if the 401(k) ...
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How Do Fund Fees Turn Up Exactly?

Regarding the overhead or expense fees associated with holding shares in a mutual fund, how do the fees affect what I'm holding? Is it taken out of the share price? Is it taken out of the (fractional)...
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How to save money on currency conversion

I do business with a few companies in the United States, and as such, get paid in US currency for my services. I have a US account with my bank, but anytime that I make withdrawals from this account, ...
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Overnight charges for brokers holding stocks?

I'm trying to learn about stock markets. I eventually want to invest a small amount over a long period. Yet, I notice on a lot of broker sites that they tend to charge an overnight fee for any stocks ...
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In what circumstances will a bank waive the annual credit card fee?

I've had my credit card for two years. I use it extensively for all kinds of purchases and I have never gone over my limit or incurred a late payment fee. The card has an annual fee and I was ...
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2016, USA banks with low/no fee for incoming OVERSEAS USD wire transfers? [closed]

Regarding incoming wire transfers (i.e., SWIFT transfers) from overseas (this question has no connection to internal USA transfers of any kind) denominated in USD (this question has no connection to ...
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Money transfer scam

I live in Croatia and my family breeds dogs. When we have puppies we list them for sale on a Croatian website similar to eBay. Every once in a while for the past year or two we get a message from a US ...
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How can I avoid international wire fees or currency transfer fees?

I'm paid by an American company, but travel to France frequently and need to have a French bank account for various reasons. So far the cheapest procedure I've found to transfer money is withdraw ...
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Why do banks insist on allowing transactions without sufficient funds?

Specifically, to a checking account. I have not heard of, in a long time, any bank that will simply decline a charge if there isn't sufficient money. Either by default or even at the customer's ...
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How does Fidelity make money off me?

I have an IRA account with Fidelity which I use to buy a handful of Fidelity mutual funds. Since they are Fidelity mutual funds, Fidelity does not charge commission on them. So how then does ...
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Risks of using a “free” (non-fee-only) financial planner for investing a substantial sum?

I have a substantial (at least to me) amount of money from the sale of a second home. The money is momentarily in a savings account at a big branch bank in the US. The amount is such that I have ...
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Who owns NASDAQ? Does it collect fees from stock transactions?

If NASDAQ is a corporation, does it make profits by charging fees on transactions? When I pay a fee for buying stocks, am I paying the broker or NASDAQ?
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Why are domestic wire transfers free in France but cost ~20 USD in the United States?

Domestic wire transfers are typically free in France: example (mirror). Domestic wire transfers cost around 20 USD in the United States: see below for some examples, taken from nerdwallet (mirror) ...
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What are reasonable fees for financial advice?

I'm currently looking for a fee-only financial advisor. About 15 years ago I met with someone who prepared a simple financial plan over a few hours; this cost me $300 and was among the best choices I ...
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What's the difference between credit unions and banks?

Is one better than the other? I've noticed that national banks seem to charge more (and higher) fees. Is that just me?
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Why are wire transfers and other financial services in Canada so much more expensive than in Europe?

Why are wire transfers in Canada so expensive compared to Europe? The simple answer I've seen is because bankers are crooks, but I find that this oversimplifies the situation — I don't believe ...
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If I co-sign on a loan for someone, am I putting up money (is there a cost)?

Does it cost me anything if I co-sign a loan for someone?
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Credit cards: How is a cash advance different from a purchase? Why are the fees so high?

I have a couple of questions about the notion of "cash advance" on credit cards. How does the credit company decide if some transaction is a "cash advance"? Does the merchant tell the credit company ...
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Why do grocery stores in the U.S. offer cash back so eagerly?

Most grocery stores and Walmarts I've been to ask you how much cash back you want as one of the steps you punch in after you swipe your credit card. This happens after you have swiped your card so ...
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What are reasonable administrative fees for an IRA?

I have a couple of IRAs (one roth, one traditional), at a local credit union for state employees where I live. I'm fairly young, so the money has simply been in interest-bearing accounts to date. ...
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Do I need to insure a large check when sending via mail?

My girlfriend has a bank account that is on hold because of a stolen debit card number. She recently signed a contract for 90k but has the first check in my name for 60k. She is stuck in London for a ...
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When buying / selling a house in the UK, is it normal for solicitors' fees to be due before or after completion?

When we made our most recent house move (selling one house and buying another) we had to pay the solicitor's fees in advance of completion - the fees for searches etc. had to be paid upfront before ...
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Why is early exercise generally not recommended for an in-the-money option?

Why is it said that early exercise of a (call) option is not recommended and it is always better to sell the option instead? Is it just to avoid assignment fees? Of course, we assume that the option ...
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IRA advisory fee?

I have a traditional IRA which I rolled my previous employer's 401(k) into. I've noticed that there seems to be a quarterly advisory fee, which seems to be about 0.5%. Is this reasonable? I haven'...
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How does CD early withdrawal fee work?

I am looking at one of the "internet banks" and they have CDs for 1 year at 1% and 5 years at 2%. The early withdrawal fee for 5 year CD is 150 days of interest. Doesn't it mean that 300 days the CD's ...
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UK fee-free foreign transfer to own account

I have a bank account in the UK and in The Netherlands. Transferring money from my UK to my Dutch bank account costs £25 with my current bank and most other banks have similar fees. The Money saving ...
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How soon in advance to cancel a credit card to avoid the annual fee?

Last year I applied for a credit card (Delta Gold Amex) in order to get 50K bonus miles with the first year annual fee waived. I'm about to cash in the miles and I have never paid a dime in interest. ...
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I may have made an ineligible contribution to a Roth IRA. What should I do?

Early this year (before mid-April) I received in excess of $11,000 in taxable inheritance income. The income was distributed from several annuities. I deposited $5,500 into a Roth IRA for the 2016 tax ...
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When does a mutual fund's “expense ratio” deducted? [duplicate]

In a mutual fund's prospectus, there is usually an annual "expense ratio", representing annual expenses of that fund as a percentage of the net asset. When/how does this get deducted? I'm curious how ...
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Calculating the ETF cost?

Let's say I invest 1000 USD in an ETF. Over the 10 year period, the shares had 5% annualized gain, meaning the value of my investment would be 1630 USD. However, I didn't take into account ETF fees. ...
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How to cash ACH vouchers to my French account without paying more banking fees than sending a postal package containing cash?

I worked for a company based in the United States as part of a non-commercial activity (I mean the income is not taxable to the IRS and thus I can’t get an itin or ssn in order to open a bank account)....