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Sep 23, 2010 9:07 pm

Can anyone tell me how these work for B shares?  If you get 4% for selling it upfront and they have a 1% 12b1 does it work just like a c share and start paying 12b1's after 12 months?  Stupid question - I've never sold them before but maybe it's a better fit for an asset allocation fund with a small client and a long horizon.  Thanks

Sep 23, 2010 10:07 pm

Good luck finding a B share to sell these days.  Most fund companies have discontinued them because the finance companies who they used to fund the upfront costs of them have gone out of business. 

But, to answer your question, all of the ones I know about start paying 12b-1 fees in the 13th month at .25%. 

Sep 24, 2010 1:18 am

MFS, Blackrock, IVY

One of those is even a prefered fund family at Jones.  I pulled up the morning star and it lists 12b1 at 1% - Just really didn't know.

Sep 24, 2010 1:24 am

Yes, the 12b1 is 1%,  but since they prepaid you several years worth of it, you only get .25% as a trail.

Sep 24, 2010 3:10 am

Thanks man