Taking cues from the so-called fee war in the exchange traded fund universe, Fidelity Investments is also cutting fees on its largest index mutual funds.
Of its $1.6 billion in assets under mutual funds, Fidelity’s lower fees will affect its index funds holding about $100 billion in assets, according to the Associated Press. Fees on its actively managed funds, though, are unchanged.
Moreover, the fund provider will lower the investment minimum of its investor Class shares to $2,500 from $10,000 while individual investors in a lower-cost share class called the Fidelity Advantage will require $10,000, down from the previous minimum of $100,000.
In contrast, ETFs do not require minimums as they are traded like stocks. The minimum requirement to buy one share of an ETF is the outstanding price on the exchange.
In recent years, investors have become more cost conscious, which was made evident earlier this year when many large ETF providers, notably Schwab, iShares and Vanguard, cut fees on a number of products. The lower fees have also helped Vanguard garner a greater piece of incoming new asset flows. [ETFs and the ‘Vanguard Effect’]