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October 1, 2012: Improve Your Future Investment Returns By Keeping a Lid on Your Expenses
If you can’t know in advance which asset classes or fund managers will do well, then what can you do to favorably impact your future investment returns? The answer is to expend your energies on things you can control. This article covers one of the most important factors through which an investor can improve their future returns: expenses. Various examples are shown to demonstrate the corrosive effect of high expenses, including one where 70% of the total inflation-adjusted gain is lost. Finally, general rules of thumb to help select investments are provided.