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front end

(1)
An intermediary computer that does set-up and filtering for another (usually more powerful but less friendly) machine (a "back end").

front end

(2)
Software that provides an interface to another program "behind" it, which may not be as user-friendly. Probably from analogy with hardware front-ends that interfaced with mainframes.

front end

The head, starting point or input side in a system. For example, it may refer to the graphical interface on a user's workstation where all data are entered or to a communications system, such as a front end processor or TP monitor that accepts incoming transactions and messages. See back end.
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5% maximum front-end loads we expect to see with T shares.
It is not adjusted for sales charges such as front-end loads, deferred loads, and redemption fees.
Summary statistics for front-end loads appear in Panel B of Table 2.
Though the front-end load is smaller than that of Fund B, the recurring nature of the 12b-1 fee is amplified through a compounding effect.
Adopting the "T" share class would, he said, "cause some negative revenue impact to [brokerage firms] and to advisors, though the figure is less than what the headline differences in front-end loads would suggest.
In the United Kingdom, where corporate and non-corporate mutual funds exist side-by-side, mutual funds organized as corporations charge significantly lower front-end loads and annual management fees than mutual funds not organized as corporations, after controlling for other factors.
Also note that, when compared to these alternatives, the option that combines a lower front-end load and a moderate 12b-1 fee is not a suitable option over any of the investment horizons.
In all cases, those that did not impose a front-end load imposed a surrender charge.
In 1993, in an effort to limit marketing deception relating to fund costs, the NASD issued a rule (125) barring sales representatives or their firms from representing a mutual fund as ""no load' or as having "no sales charge' if the" fund imposes a front-end load, a redemption fee or a CDSC, or a 12b-1 fee exceeding 0.
cPacket is addressing this issue by using its unique technologies to develop a front-end load balancer that delivers full line rate 100 Gbps performance under any traffic conditions.
On a sales-weighted basis, "investors buying front-end load shares in those years outperformed the average for share classes in the same Morningstar category by 27 basis points," Schott Stevens wrote, while "similarly, publicly available data show that investors concentrate their purchases in front-end load share classes with lower expense ratios and pay brokers lower-than-average loads -- further contradicting the Department's claims of harm to retirement savers.
Investors pay no front-end load for subscription on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange nor are any exchange fees charged.