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Here's the too-often-ignored mathematical reality: Mutual fund returns already incorporate both brokerage commissions and expense ratios. (Photo: Shutterstock)

There’s a portion at the end of every mutual fund’s annual report that, if you read it closely, just might change your view on “fees,” or, more appropriately, mutual fund operating costs (commonly called the “expense ratio”). But before I get to that, let’s review the game everyone plays when it comes to fees.

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