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I was curious to know if the SEC fees (in a taxable account) upon sale were proportional to the proceeds amount or a set dollar amount as with commissions.

Neither. The fees are generally charged based on the number of shares. While they are styled 'SEC' fees, they are not imposed by the SEC. They are imposed by the exchanges, which are required to pay fees to the SEC based on share volume. The exchanges then pass the fees on to the brokers, who pass them on to the customers. To determine how your fees are calculated, you should contact your broker.

Here is some additional detail on SEC fees: http://www.sec.gov/answers/sec31.htm

AJ
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