At Selective Wealth Management, we believe that the key to successful financial planning is transparent and unbiased advice. We pride ourselves on offering commission-free and fiduciary-guided financial advice. Let's explore the concept of commissions, expense ratios, 12-b fees, and load fees, and how these costs can impact your investments.
Commissions and How Some Advisors Profit
Commissions are fees that financial advisors may receive as a result of selling investment products to their clients. These commissions create a potential conflict of interest, as advisors might be incentivized to recommend products that generate higher commissions for themselves rather than those that are in their clients' best interests.
It is essential to understand that not all financial advisors charge commissions. Some, like our firm, operate on a fee-only basis, meaning they charge a flat fee or a percentage of assets under management, ensuring their advice is unbiased and aligned with your financial goals. While eliminating commissions is important for unbiased advise, it's not the only expense investors need to be on the watch out for.
An expense ratio is the annual fee that all mutual funds or exchange-traded funds (ETFs) charge their shareholders. This fee covers the fund's operating expenses, such as management fees, administrative costs, and other expenses associated with managing the fund. Expense ratios are expressed as a percentage of the fund's average net assets.
A high expense ratio can significantly impact your long-term investment returns, as these fees are deducted from your returns every year. By choosing low-cost funds, you can potentially save a considerable amount over time and maximize your investment returns. At Selective Wealth Management, we always consider the expense ratios of the investment products we recommend, ensuring that our clients' portfolios remain cost-effective and efficient.
12-b Fees and Load Fees
12-b fees are ongoing fees charged by some mutual funds to cover the costs of marketing and distribution. These fees are included in a fund's expense ratio and can further erode your investment returns if not carefully considered.
Load fees, on the other hand, are sales charges that some mutual funds impose on investors when they buy or sell shares. There are two types of load fees: front-end loads and back-end loads. Front-end loads are fees you pay when you purchase shares, while back-end loads are fees you pay when you sell your shares.
Both 12-b fees and load fees can add unnecessary costs to your investments, which is why it is crucial to be aware of these fees when selecting investment products.
Commission-Free and Unbiased Advice
At Selective Wealth Management, we understand the importance of offering unbiased, commission-free financial advice. As a fiduciary, we are legally obligated to put our clients' interests first and provide advice that is in their best interest. This means that we do not receive commissions for selling specific investment products, and our recommendations are always based on what is best for our clients' unique financial situations.
By focusing on providing transparent, cost-effective, and fiduciary-guided financial planning, we help our clients achieve their financial goals while minimizing the impact of fees on their investments. Trust Selective Wealth Management to be your partner in creating a successful and secure financial future.
Understanding the impact of commissions, expense ratios, 12-b fees, and load fees on your investments is crucial to making informed decisions and maximizing your long-term financial success. At Selective Wealth Management, we are committed to offering commission-free and unbiased advice in line with the fiduciary standard, ensuring that our clients receive the highest level of service and financial guidance. By keeping costs low and prioritizing our clients' best interests, we strive to help our clients build a strong financial foundation for a secure and prosperous future.