Thursday, December 11, 2008

Tip of the Day

Keep an eye on your retirement plan fees.

"It’s easy these days to forget about fees when your fund might have lost 40% or more in the past year,” writes the Baltimore Sun. “But fees matter over the long run, and you can end up with a lot less money, even if you’re paying what seems to be only slightly more for a fund.”

As higher fund fees can siphon even more money from employee-investors who have seen their assets battered by the downturned economy and stock market, such fee increases are something for plan sponsors to watch.

Lipper senior analyst Jeff Tjornehoj told EBN sister publication Money Management Executive that fund fees could rise 10% next year. Added to that, he warned, service providers are likely to increase their fees as well.

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