Expenses in mutual funds and insurance products can prove very costly to your long term financial goals. Remember the larger the organization the larger the paypoints involved. There is a cast for marketing, executives, managers….
The expense ratios of S&P 500 index funds range from very low to extremely high. For an egregious example of an indefensibly high expense ratio, consider the State Farm S&P 500 Index B (SNPBX). It has an expense ratio of 1.49%, and a deferred load of 5.00%. This fund has assets of $547 million.A small difference in expense ratios can have a dramatic effect on returns. Let’s assume an S&P 500 index fund and Vanguard’s both return 8% annually, before costs and you invest $10,000. A savings of only 1% annually on expenses would mean the lower cost fund would yield an additional $63,000 over forty years ($201,000 versus $138,000). That’s a big difference.
- Goal Update: Investment Portfolio Asset Allocation & Holdings – Nov 2011 (mymoneyblog.com)
- Mutual Funds That Are in the Closet Are No Bargain (dailyfinance.com)
- Five Wins for Index Funds (forbes.com)