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Sales Fees per AUM

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In my experience, I'd upper bound (for minimal amount of AUM raised) it at:

Cap intro: <5% of the AUM.

Legal fees at large firms: <1.5%

Admin at big 5 (monthly/daily): <0.25%

Accountants at big 6 (tax): <0.05%

Auditors at big 6: <0.3%

As you can see it's expensive and a 2% management fee is not enough to cover all of these. These go lower and become more efficient as you scale up. You can also go lower with more boutique operations... often boutique brokerage firms will offer to raise your capital at nearly zero/free because they make the business through your trading.

Large funds probably pay about 8-10 bps for admin only. That's why the common advice is to aim for >$100M in AUM because at that point you start to breakeven on these administrative costs.

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