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  • A sales commission charged by many mutual funds. Some are front-end loads (fee paid when the shares are purchased) or back-end loads (fees paid when the shares are sold).

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  • If you buy a mutual fund through a broker or other financial professional, you pay a sales charge or commission, also called a load.

    If the charge is levied when you purchase the shares, it's called a front-end load. If you pay when you sell shares, it's called a back-end load or contingent deferred sales charge. And with a level load, you pay a percentage of your investment amount each year you own the fund.

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