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If you follow the boards and read the TMF books, you probably know the standard recommendation is to put your money into the s&p500 index fund and get a return that is better than 80-90% of most equity funds. Don't even think about the 'stable income fund', this probably yields about 5-6%, like a money market account.

Regarding the fees, I would assume they are talking the about the management fees. These are the fees that are taken off the top each day to pay for the expenses of running the fund. These expenses include buying/selling stock, research & analysis, maintaining customer accounts, etc.

Notice that the s&p fees are the lowest since it takes very little brains to maintain the ratio.

You are right to think about fees, since some research shows that for similar funds, the lower the fee, the better the return.

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