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Finance Glossary

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B-Shares

Definition:

See A-Shares.

Currently, there are a few flavors of shares out there, including A, B, and C shares (yeah, the person naming these could have used a few pointers). The basic idea behind B-shares is that they are a class of mutual fund. What makes them different? If you buy 'em, you only have to pay fees when you sell the mutual fund. On the one hand, you're paying fees on a bigger amount because you've been socking money away in your fund and your fund has been growing (we hope). But on the plus side, you've had a chance to grow your fund without paying those pesky fees all the time.

The technical jargon around this name is "contingent deferred sales charge."