New disclosure rules and the threat of fiduciary violation lawsuits have helped bring down investment management, recordkeeping and other fees in 401(k) and other retirement accounts. Now revenue-sharing is following suit. 

According to a 2013 survey by Boston-based investment consultancy NEPC, total plan costs for sponsors declined 0.02 percent from 2012 to 2013, falling to 0.53 percent. That’s equivalent to a yearly charge of $5.30 for every $1,000 invested. That figure had been 0.59 percent in 2010, so the savings are in the many millions of dollars. 

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