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Subject: Re: IRA trading fees Date: 2/25/1998 6:50 PM
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Greetings, BeauJester, and welcome.

<<1) Do IRS regulations permit trading costs to be billed to an investor, rather than be charged to the IRA?
and
2) If the answer to 1 is "Yes", are there brokers that are willing to do this?>>

They do not and cannot. The trading costs must be borne within the IRA. And when it comes to the Foolish Four, in the first year you will probably have four going in and two buy and sell at the anniversary for another four. After that, it should stabilize at about four trades per year. So at $2K paying $10, that comes to about 4% in the first year. In the second year (assuming you add $2K), it will be about 1% at worst. The only bad year is the first. I'd bite that bullet.

Regards…..Pixy
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