If you have investments in a company profit sharing, ESOP, 401k, stock bonus, or money purchase pension plan that has over 100 employees enrolled, you may be able to find information online about the expenses of your plan. These profit sharing, ESOP, 401k, stock bonus, or money purchase pension plans must file a Form 5500 with the Department of Labor. A firm named Brightscope.com has put this form 5500 information online. Brightscope.com says that their database contains over 55,000 plans and covers over 90% of total invested assets in company sponsored 401(k) retirement plans.
To find out about the plan expenses of any company in the Brightscope.com database, you must register with brightscope.com by giving your name, an email address, and a password, and then you must confirm an automated email that is sent to your email account. Registration is free and you do not need to be affiliated with any company. You can look up any company, as if for example, you were a job seeker and wanted to understand about any company's plan investment cost efficiency. However, make sure that you look up the company that is most important to you first, because you are limited to five free fee reports.
After you have logged into your brightscope.com account, search for a particular company by name. On the company overview page, select the "Brightscope Rating" tab near the top. Look for the little pie chart, followed by a link entitled "<Name of Company> Personal Fee Report" and click the link. In the "Your Fees" click "Select Investments" and add some particular investments and investment dollar amounts, and then click the "Submit Investments" tab at the bottom. Finally, click the link named "View Detailed Calculations" for a breakout of all the expenses.