Trailer Fee

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DEFINITION of 'Trailer Fee'

A fee that a mutual fund manager pays to a salesperson who sells the fund to investors. The trailer fee pays the salesperson for providing the investor with ongoing investment advice and services.

Also known as a "trailer commission".

BREAKING DOWN 'Trailer Fee'

It is important to know whether your mutual fund salesperson is receiving a trailer fee because it may cause him or her to try to sell you a particular fund not because it is a good investment but because selling it to you will make him or her money. This fee is paid annually for as long as the investor holds shares in the fund.

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