The average fee for a financial advisor is generally around 1% of the assets they manage. However, the more money you have invested, the lower the fee will be. The most important factors in the cost of your 401 (k) plan are the size of the company and the plan you use, David Blanchett, director of retirement research at Morningstar's investment management group, tells CNBC Make It. According to their research, the average total plan fees range from 0.37% for larger plans to 1.42% for smaller plans.
What does the broker offer that makes it worth paying them an administration fee for IRAs when so many don't charge any IRA maintenance or an annual IRA fee? Even in financial firms that charge annual custody fees to their IRA accounts, there are usually ways to get an IRA account for free. Many brokerage firms, mutual funds, banks and investment firms offer free IRAs without charging an annual IRA fee, and these aren't just big discount brokers either. One of the main things that qualify a company to be an IRA custodian is that it must report information about IRA accounts to the IRS and provide certain IRS forms to account holders. The basic difference between a Roth IRA and a traditional IRA (sometimes called a standard IRA or simply IRA) is that with a traditional IRA, you may be able to deduct some of your contributions.
Nearly all credit unions offer free IRAs, although many have a mandatory minimum balance or a minimum initial deposit amount to get a free IRA.