What are you losing to fees?

In a workplace retirement plan, your investment fees should be plainly stated, but in many IRAs or after-tax brokerage accounts, you may have to look harder. Braid, of HighPass Asset Management, recommends carefully reviewing every statement.

Shifting to ETFs can be a way to reduce total expenses, because the fees are lower, says Kevin Stophel, a financial adviser with Kumquat Wealth in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The change can cut your fees by as much as a full percentage point, in some cases.

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