Don't let investment fees strangle profits

By Marcie Geffner - Bankrate

Investors are understandably eager to earn high returns. But nothing erodes that eagerness or kills the investor's confidence in his or her advisers like a plethora of investment fees that eat away at those gains.

That's one reason investors are paying a lot more attention to fees these days, according to Ram Subramaniam, head of products at TD Ameritrade, an online stock brokerage firm in Omaha, Neb.

"Any fee is getting more scrutiny, partly because the market returns aren't as attractive as they were," he says. "People are conscious and aware of what they're paying. What you pay in fees eventually impacts your return."

Here's what investors need to know:

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