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Hi harveythefool, and welcome to Pro!

I think it's important to consider how much in assets you're investing, and compare that to your annual (annualized) cost of Pro. You don't want to spend too much of your assets to invest -- that defeats the purpose of growing your money. So, generally, the Fool suggests spending around 1.5% or less (ideally less) of your assets on investment fees per year. All ways of investing have some costs. Mutual funds can be inexpensive to very expensive; index funds are inexpensive; some advisors will charge 1.5% of your assets outright; hedge funds typically charge 2% of your assets plus 20% of any profits, and so forth. Here, you also have community and education to consider as part of your "value proposition," along with returns over the years, but you should still aim to keep your expenses when investing to a reasonably small portion of your assets.

I hope this helps!


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