Do you want to invest your money in an IRA but don’t want to get hit up with the high fees that they often carry? This seems to be the problem with most people who are investing their money for retirement. In fact some people have no clue as to how much they are paying in fees or what a good fee is. So in this article I’m going to show just exactly what you need to do see how much your paying on your retirement and were to find the cheaper rates at.
First you’ll want to see how big of a sales charge the mutual fund company is charging. A typical sales charge for an IRA retirement investment will run anywhere from 4.5% to as high as 6%. This means every dollar you put into your account 6% will be be paid out to the representative. However their are companies that do charge 0% and at the end of this article I will show you just which company does this.
The next fee that is typically found in an IRA account is an annual fee. An annual fee is charged to help maintain the fund. Typical fees run around 1% to 1.20% but some companies will charge as low as 0.23% which is a lot cheaper than most companies.
Finally, the last fee some companies will charge is a 12b-1 fee. This fee is typically referred to as a junk fee. This fee usually covers advertising cost for the company which is passed on to consumers. However not every company charges this fee in fact I recommend that you stay away from these fees altogether.
In the end it’s easy to see that a no fee IRA is one of the best ways to go when it comes to retirement. So who should you invest your money with when it comes to an IRA? I suggest Vanguard because they carry no sales charge, no 12b-1 fees, and a very low annual fee around 0.30%.
- Traditional IRA or A Roth IRA You Decide (2011tax.org)