Mutual fund expenses are charged by the issuing company to cover any maintenance and management required by the fund. Determining the expenses associated with a mutual fund can help investors make decisions about a fund's stability, financial strength and management success. The Expenses page provides detailed information regarding expenses for a mutual fund and allows you to view the fund's sales charges, minimum investment requirements and profitability. When you're researching any mutual fund, click the Earnings tab to view the fund's earnings information.

Use the slide bar in the Fund Fee Analysis box to view how expense information could change based on time and return.

Investors should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses of mutual fund carefully before investing. A prospectus contains this and other information about the fund and is available through www.scottrade.com or through a Scottrade branch office. The prospectus should be read carefully before investing.

The tools described in this article are for information purposes only and their use does not guarantee a profit. None of the information provided should be considered a recommendation or solicitation to invest in, or liquidate, a particular security or type of security. Investors should fully research any security before making an investment decision.