12B-1 funds

12B-1 funds

Mutual funds that do not charge an up-front or back-end commission, but instead take out up to 1.25% of average daily fund assets each year to cover the costs of selling and marketing shares, an arrangement allowed by the SEC's Rule 12B-1 (passed in 1980).

12B-1 Fund

A mutual fund that charges shareholders a small percentage of the fund's market value, instead of a load (or sales fee). That is, a 12B-1 Plan does not require shareholders to pay a fee when buying or selling shares; rather, they simply deduct what is owed to the shareholder once per year. Usually a 12B-1 plan charges less than 1%.
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Receipt of 12b-1 fees "not only created a conflict of interest that was not adequately disclosed to EFG's clients, but favoring 12b-1 funds over others was inconsistent with EFG's duty to seek best execution for its clients," the SEC said.
Another study in 1990 concluded that net returns (returns minus the expense ratio and portfolio transactions costs) were lower for 12b-1 funds than non-12b-1 funds.
In general, 12b-1 funds have higher expense ratios and lower net investment returns than non-12b-1 funds.