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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.
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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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"In fact, just 5.7% of A shares have lower maximum loads than the 2.5% maximum front-end loads we expect to see with T shares."
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Fund B has a high front-end load but a moderate expense ratio.
For example, instead of charging a 6 percent front-end load, a mutual fund could recoup the same amount through a combination of an annual 1 percent 12b-1 fee and a CDSL of 6 percent that declines 1 percentage point per year until reaching zero after the sixth year.
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."
Upfront commissions (a front-end load) and finder's fees were the least popular adviser compensation options, cited by approximately half of the companies.
(110.) A "front-end load" is a sales charge paid by investors upon the purchase of shares in a mutual fund.
The Lightstone Value Plus REIT, the industry's first "no front-end load" real estate investment trust, announced that it has acquired two Baymont Inn & Suites that it plans to immediately convert to Extended Stay Deluxe hotels and renovate over the next year.
This became a front-end load when current tax bills were computed.
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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.