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Those iShares (BLK) ETF fee hikes? They're just a technicality having to do with a regulatory...

Those iShares (BLK) ETF fee hikes? They're just a technicality having to do with a regulatory requirement requiring fees be calculated from past data. For funds like EEM, 2013 fees will actually likely be lower than 2012, thanks to sharply higher assets today than 6 months ago.
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  • David Jackson
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    Not sure I understand this. Doesn't iShares publish the fees as a % expense ratio, independent of the assets under management?
    2 Jan 2013, 05:12 PM Reply Like
  • SA Editor Stephen Alpher
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    I apologize for the bad link, David. It's been corrected and takes you here:

     

    http://on.barrons.com/...

     

    It looks like the funds in question are governed by a "breakpoint fee schedule," which gives investors a discount if AUM rises (or a higher fee if AUM falls). iShares is required to use AUM prior to the period in question to calculate the "published" fee.
    2 Jan 2013, 05:49 PM Reply Like
  • David Jackson
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    Thanks Stephen - very helpful.
    3 Jan 2013, 12:43 AM Reply Like
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