Fees Can Chip Away at Retirement Nest Eggs

Variety of charges deplete savings over time

Many Americans save for retirement while working, but once they retire, their goal switches to preserving what they saved. Fees can eat away at a retiree’s savings, so it’s important to know about the different ways in which fees can pop up. This infographic illustrates these charges.
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How Fees Affect Retirement Savings Over Time

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How Fees Affect Retirement Savings Over Time

The idea that lower-than-average fees for managing retirement plans results in increased savings seems obvious, but the small percentages make it hard for many to appreciate the impact over the long term. And those seemingly small variations can make a big difference in retirement readiness. To help illustrate the potential impact of these fees over time, Pew has developed an investment fee calculator. The calculator shows the effect that fees have on retirement savings and demonstrates the benefits to savers of factoring fees into decisions on how to invest those savings.