Are Mutual Fund Expenses Too High? A Commentary
John A. Haslem
University of Maryland - Robert H. Smith School of Business
June 10, 2008
Journal of Investing, Vol. 13, No. 2, pp. 8-12, Summer 2004
The mutual funds industry does not compete on price. Mutual fund managers are the primary beneficiaries of fund economies of scale. Mutual fund managers charge too much for management fees. Multiple share class funds have higher management fees and total expenses than single class funds. "Mutual" mutual funds management at cost is much more cost efficient than the industry's external governance structure. Distribution from mutual fund supermarkets is not "free," but is paid from fund assets. Fund managers differ significantly in the amount of expenses they charge to fund assets. Mutual funds with different major characteristics, such as investment style, differ in their expenses. Regardless of trend, mutual fund expenses are too high.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 5
Keywords: mutual funds, price competition, economies of scale, management fees, share class funds, 'mutual' mutual fund management, supermarket distribution, fund expenses, fund characteristics
JEL Classification: G2, G23, G28Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: June 12, 2008 ; Last revised: September 29, 2012
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