February 18, 2010
See the chart off to the right from the SEC.gov. This shows what the difference is between paying 1.5% and 0.5%. After 30 years (and we should all be long term investors) at average return of 8% with an initial investment of only $10,000. The difference is $22,634 in your pocket!
Many investors utilize a stockbroker or financial advisor for advice and of course, thats not free, usually the fees range from 1-3%. So now consider that for every $10,000 you hand over to a stockbroker or financial advisor, after 30 years, you will have given them well over $20,000.
Its a lot of money, a huge cost which lowers your investment returns in a big way so you better be sure you are getting something in return, some great advice, some hand-holding during the tough times, etc. but just don't expect higher returns.
Fact is that over 90% of professional money managers cannot beat the S&P 500 with any consistency.
So just keep it in the back of your mind that while paying for advice may seem like a good idea, and sometimes it is, just remember that 1-2% is a lot of money over time and only you can decide if the advice you are getting is worth it.
Posted by Scott Barclay