Advanced English Dialogue for Business – Expense ratio

Listen to a Business English Dialogue About Expense ratio

Eleanor: Hey Ellie, do you know what an expense ratio is in finance?

Ellie: Yeah, it’s a measure of how much it costs to run a mutual fund or an exchange-traded fund (ETF), expressed as a percentage of the fund’s average net assets.

Eleanor: Right, so if a fund has a high expense ratio, it means investors are paying more for the fund’s management and operating expenses.

Ellie: Exactly. Lower expense ratios are generally considered more favorable for investors because they mean lower costs and potentially higher returns over time.

Eleanor: That’s true. It’s important for investors to consider expense ratios when choosing between different investment options.

Ellie: Definitely. It’s one of the factors that can significantly impact the overall performance of an investment portfolio.

Eleanor: Agreed. And expense ratios are typically disclosed in a fund’s prospectus or annual report, so investors can make informed decisions.

Ellie: Right. It’s essential to understand the fees associated with an investment to assess its potential long-term returns.

Eleanor: Absolutely. Keeping an eye on expense ratios is part of smart investing and managing one’s financial goals effectively.

Ellie: Couldn’t agree more. It’s all about maximizing returns while minimizing costs in the long run.

Eleanor: Well said, Ellie. Thanks for the insightful conversation about expense ratios!