September 25, 2017: Fees In Cash Investments
by MyPlanIQ | Sep 26, 2017 | Asset-Allocation, Bonds, Economy, Feature, Gold, Headline, Income, Inv, Investments, IRA, Markets, Mutual-Funds, newsletter, Portfolios, Retirement |
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Fees In Cash Investments
Expenses/fees in mutual funds have come down a lot since John Bogle, the founder of Vanguard Company, first introduced index funds and started the low cost investment crusade in 1970s. The 0.03% expense recently instigated in Schwab S&P 500 index fund (SWPPX) signifies how much fees in mutual funds have come down. Marketing plots or not, investors now can expect to spend 0.1% or so in many stock and bond index funds.
However, fees in cash investments or ultra short term cash like investments or savings are still extremely high. They often go unnoticed. To illustrate:
Expenses in money market funds
|Funds||Annual Expense||Minimum||7-Day Yield|
|SWPPX (Schwab S&P 500 Index)||0.03%|| || |
|VFINX (Vanguard 500 Index Investor)||0.14%|| || |
|Vanguard total bond market index fund (VBMFX)||0.15%|| || |
|Schwab Treasury Money Market Fund||0.65%/0.77%*||$25,000||0.7%|
|Schwab Value Advantage Money Market Fund||0.45%/0.58%||$25,000||0.9%|
|Fidelity Treasury Money Market Fund||0.42%||0||0.65%|
|Vanguard Treasury Money Market Fund (VMFXX)||0.11%||$3,000||0.98%|
*: net expense ratio/gross expense ratio (net expense ratio represents fund management’s voluntary fee waiver that might go away anytime)