A sales charge paid by an investor in some mutual fund shares or annuities. The sales charge may be a front-end charge, a back-end charge, or a 12b-1 charge. Also, an expression used to describe a mutual fund that imposes sales charges on investors. The opposite of a no load mutual fund.
See 12b-1 fee, back-end load and front-end load. American Banker Glossary
The sales fee charged to an investor when shares are purchased in a load fund or annuity. See: Back-end load; front-end load; level load. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary

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I. load load 1 [ləʊd ǁ loʊd] noun [countable]
1. TRANSPORT an amount of goods or people transported on a road vehicle, train, or plane:

• Rail cars are used to move the bigger loads.

load of

• The lorry returned with a load of Spanish apricots.

• The plane was carrying a full load of passengers.

• a lorry-load of gravel

— see also payload
2. the amount of something that a person or organization has to do:

• The firm's computers are struggling to cope with the increased load.

• The network has to deal with a heavy load of telephone traffic.

ˈcase load LAW
the number of cases that a lawyer or court has to deal with:

• The court's case load has become lighter in recent months.

ˈdebt load ECONOMICS
the amount of debt that a business or country has; = DEBT BURDEN:

• Even after restructuring, the firm is still carrying a high debt load.

ˈwork load also workload
the amount of work that a person or organization has to do:

• Their work load has increased in the last couple of years.

3. FINANCE an amount of money charged for managing an investment fund:

• Because of the 5% load, only $950 of the $1,000 actually gets invested in your name.

• The new fund carries a front-end load (= an amount paid when the fund is first started ) of 5.5%

• a no-load fund

  [m0] II. load load 2 verb [transitive]
1. TRANSPORT to put goods into a road vehicle, train, boat, or plane to be transported:

• The tankers set off as soon as they have been loaded.

2. COMPUTING to copy a computer program or file onto a computer:
load something onto something

• The new software can be loaded easily onto most machines.

3. FINANCE to include most or all of the charges at a particular period during the time that an insurance policy or investment fund is in use:

• A lot of personal pension funds are front-end loaded (= make most of their charges when the fund is first started ) .

load up on something phrasal verb [transitive] JOURNALISM
to buy a lot of something:

• More big investors are loading up on small stocks.

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   A premium charged by some investment funds at either purchase or sale, to cover the fund's expenses.

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load UK US /ləʊd/ noun [C]
TRANSPORT an amount of goods or people transported by road, railway, or air: »

The total maximum load is four hundred kilograms.

heavy/large/full load »

Heavy passenger loads put stress on the nation's aviation system.


carry/deliver/transport a load

a load of sth »

The tanker was commissioned to pick up a load of hazardous materials.

WORKPLACE the amount of work to be done by a person, an organization, or a machine: lighten/reduce a load »

Workers have asked whether the bank intends to lighten their load by hiring more staff.

share/spread the load »

British manufacturing is looking to other sectors to help share the load of investing in infrastructure.


heavy/light/increased load

FINANCE a charge that you pay when you buy or sell shares in an investment company
ECONOMICS, FINANCE an amount of money, usually a large amount, that a person, company, or country has to pay: debt/tax load »

A ruling by the European Union lightened the tax load on investors buying gold.

See also BACK-END LOAD(Cf. ↑back-end load), CASELOAD(Cf. ↑caseload), DEADWEIGHT(Cf. ↑deadweight), FRONT-END LOAD(Cf. ↑front-end load), FULL CONTAINER LOAD(Cf. ↑Full Container Load), LESS-THAN-CONTAINER LOAD(Cf. ↑less-than-container load), LOAD FACTOR(Cf. ↑load factor), PAYLOAD(Cf. ↑payload), SALES LOAD(Cf. ↑sales load), WORKLOAD(Cf. ↑workload)
load UK US /ləʊd/ verb
[I or T] TRANSPORT to put goods onto a vehicle to transport them: »

A surge in trade has seen up to 90 vessels a week at the port waiting to load their cargoes.


Trucks were loading and unloading at the warehouse.

load sth with sth »

The tanker was loaded with four million gallons of diesel oil.

Compare UNLOAD(Cf. ↑unload)
[I or T] IT to put a program or data onto a computer or website: load software/a file/a program »

The software is very easy to load.


The updates don't take long to load.

[T] FINANCE to include charges in an investment, loan, etc.: load sth with sth »

The card is designed to attract customers with poor credit and comes loaded with lots of fees and a very low credit limit.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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