In the News: Eliminating Excessive Fees in Investment Portfolios

The White House has proposed cracking down on junk fees. Here's how to avoid them.

The US Department of Labor said it would raise the bar for financial advisors, brokers and insurance agents who give investment advice to Americans putting money into 401(K) plans, IRAs, and other savings vehicles.

The White House released an online Fact Sheet stating, “America’s families spend a lifetime saving so they can retire with dignity. But junk fees are chipping away at their savings, going to financial advisors with conflicts of interests instead of to American families, and making retirements less secure.”

But in an era where financial security is paramount, a new breed of wealth preservation specialists is emerging - those who fervently believe that excessive fees in investment portfolios should be eliminated. These fiduciaries prioritize offering the utmost value to their clients in the most economical way possible. 

The Battle Against Excessive Fees

The financial world has long been plagued by a prevalent issue - excessive fees that erode the returns on investment portfolios. These fees often go unnoticed, gradually siphoning away hard-earned money. And it’s not only Congress that wants to put an end to this unethical practice; Wealth preservation specialists, acting as fiduciaries, have taken it upon themselves to address this issue head-on.

The term "fiduciary" is significant in this context. A fiduciary is a financial professional legally bound to act in their clients' best interests. This means they must prioritize their clients' financial well-being over their own profits. In essence, fiduciaries are duty-bound to eliminate excessive fees wherever they find them.

The Proposal’s Initiative

This recent move to crack down on junk fees in retirement plans is a significant step toward ensuring that investors receive the best possible value. 

As part of its ongoing efforts to protect the financial interests of American citizens, the administration is determined to root out hidden fees that can quietly eat away at retirement savings.

In 2022 alone, Americans rolled over approximately $779 billion from defined contribution plans, such as 401(K)s, into IRAs. The proposed rule will close this loophole to ensure this advice is in the saver's best interest.

These hidden fees can manifest in various forms, including high expense ratios, administrative costs, and other indiscernible fees. Wealth preservation specialists, guided by the principles of fiduciary duty, share the administration's commitment to transparency and cost-effectiveness in investment portfolios.

“The proposed rule would ensure that retirement advisors must provide advice in the saver’s best interest, regardless of whether they are recommending a security or insurance product and where they are giving advice,” The White House stated, adding, “The Federal Trade Commission proposed a rule that would ban businesses from charging hidden and misleading fees and require them to show the full price up front and a “click-to-cancel” rule making it as easy to sign up for a service as to cancel it. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau took action to require large banks and credit unions to provide basic information to consumers without charging fees.”

The Impact on Investors

Investors seeking to preserve their wealth and secure their financial futures can benefit immensely from this crackdown on junk fees. By working with fiduciaries who prioritize fee elimination, they can help ensure that their investments are optimized for long-term growth.

Here are some key ways in which investors can benefit:

  • Improved Returns: Eliminating excessive fees can lead to higher overall returns on investments, as more of the gains stay in the portfolio.
  • Increased Transparency: Wealth preservation specialists emphasize transparency, ensuring that clients have a clear understanding of the fees associated with their investments.
  • Enhanced Financial Security: By working with fiduciaries who prioritize their clients' interests, investors can enjoy greater peace of mind, knowing that their financial security is the top priority.
  • Cost-Efficiency: Lower fees mean that investors can achieve their financial goals more cost-effectively, reducing the drag on their portfolios.

Where NJM Wealth Preservation Strategies Stands

Here at NJM, our Wealth Preservation Specialist, Nicolas J McLeod, is a true Fiduciary. Both Nic and his talented team operate by a code of ethics that proudly offers you knowledgeable, honest financial advice - as we believe you deserve nothing less. 

The recent news surrounding junk fees has come as no surprise at NJM Wealth Preservation Strategies. Owner / Operator, Nic J. McLeod, stated:

"With nearly twenty years in the industry, I have witnessed my fair share of unethical advisors surrounding junk fees. I wholeheartedly support the proposal to crack down on excessive fees in retirement plans. As a wealth preservation specialist and fiduciary, my commitment has always been to prioritize my clients' best interests and ensure that their hard-earned wealth is preserved and optimized for their financial future."


The emergence of wealth preservation specialists who are committed to eliminating excessive fees in investment portfolios is a welcome development for those seeking to protect and grow their nest egg. The recent efforts to crack down on junk fees in retirement plans align with these specialists' principles, promoting transparency and cost-effectiveness in the financial industry.

As investors continue to demand value and transparency, fiduciary professionals dedicated to their clients' best interests are poised to play a pivotal role in the ongoing battle against excessive fees. 

In the quest for wealth preservation, eliminating these fees is not just a goal; it's a fiduciary duty.

If you would like to learn more about protecting your financial future, schedule a call with Nic here today.