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How to get financial advice for free

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By Philip van Doorn

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You may be aware that a standard fee for a financial adviser at a brokerage firm is 1% of assets under management. The fee might be lower, depending on the size of the account, the extent of the services offered and even the type of assets being invested in.

But 1% is significant when you consider that the S&P 500’s SPX average annual return over the past 30 years has been 10.6%. Fees paid for active management can really add up, and it is quite possible that a long-term growth investor will underperform the index. Some index funds charge very low fees because they are passively managed. The SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust SPY, which is the largest exchange-traded fund and tracks the S&P 500 by holding all of its stocks with pretty much the same weightings as the index, charges an annual fee of 0.0945%.

April is Financial Literacy Month and MarketWatch has a better name for it: Financial Fitness Month. Continuing this special series of Articles, Beth Pinsker explains how anyone can get financial advice for free.

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