I've read alot of posts on ET about people complaining about exchange fees. But I've read very few that offer solid, defense of why not. So I wanted to pose a question to you all. Why shouldn't exchanges be allowed to charge fees? I'll begin by playing devils advocate. I think that exchanges are entitled to their fees. They are like any other business. They develop products, such as futures contracts, they market them with advertising, and they sell them to people who wish to trade them. They have staff and salaries to pay, like any other business. So why shouldn't they be allowed to charge fees. Can't wait to see some of the responses!