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<<Those calculations comparing Vanguard to the American funds... are they assuming no expenses beyond the load? That's not true at all. Loaded funds have annual expense ratios as well. In fact, they tend to be higher than non-loaded funds in addition to the load. Not true always, but from my experience it is.>>

The Vanguard site states the results were net of ALL fees.

If you add in sales charges (basically NAV quotes), American Funds have done a bit better. The fee reduced the return by .60% on the 10 year return of the AMCAP, for example. Without the sales charge, the AMCAP would be at 11.6% for 10 yr return. Growth Fund of America would be at 12.69% vs 12.02 (per www.americanfunds.com)
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