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Canadians pay some of the highest management fees in the world for their investments. Using the form below, see just how much you could save in fees over time by investing with Wealthsimple.

Our fee savings calculator is not financial advice; it is for illustrative purposes only and the results are estimates based on the difference in future value of your indicated savings. The calculator may be a useful tool in helping you estimate how much you may pay in fees over time, but you should understand that it has limitations. Also, rates of return on investments may vary. This calculation does not represent any specific investment nor does it account for inflation.

What you’re paying

  • Industry average annual returns for funds
  • The Management Expense Ratio (MER) of a mutual fund at
  • We calculate the final value of your initial investment by using a compound interest future value formula
  • All investments have a price tag, but it’s important to recognize the compounding effect of paying out high fees each year. As your investments grow, your fees do too.

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Canadians hold $1.78T in mutual funds

And typically pay 1.64% in annual fees

That's about 3x US investor fees

Costing Canadians $19B in missed returns

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  • Low Fees - Pay an annual management fee of 0.50% (or 0.40% for accounts over $100K)
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ETFs stand for exchange traded fund, which is a fund you can invest in that functions as a sort of basket: It contains a wide selection of stocks, bonds, or other assets, depending on the ETF. It allows you to invest in wide swaths of the market without having to go into the time and effort (and cost) of selecting individual stocks, which is quite risky. ETFs let you participate in the market without the expense of buying individual shares because ETFs usually invest in fractional shares of companies, which obviously only cost a fraction of what a whole share costs.

ETFs don’t usually require any human management, so they don’t have high management expense ratios (MERs), which means that high operating costs aren’t passed along as fees to investors.

Mutual funds are similar to ETFs, but they differ from their low-cost sibling in terms of fees. Like ETFs, mutual funds function like a basket that contains various stocks, bonds, or other assets, but those assets have been individually selected and managed by a fund manager. That means that a mutual fund is actively managed and therefore will have higher fees. Read more about their benefits and differences here.

To learn more about mutual funds and how they perform compared to their Benchmarks over time, reference SPIVA here. To learn more about the changing size of the Mutual fund market in Canada, reference the 2020 IFIC Investment Funds Report, and to learn how Canadian fees compare to other developed markets, you can download the Global Fund Investor Experience Fees and Expenses report from Morningstar.

Size of market data as of 2020 IFIC Investment Funds Report, Fee data as of 2019 Morningstar Global Investor Experience Survey. Estimated fees at other institutions based on publicly available mutual fund fees, where not available, an estimate is used. Analysis by Wealthsimple.