What to look for when evaluating 529 plan investment portfolios
Not all 529 college savings plans are created equal. Besides differences in state tax benefits, fees and contribution limits, each plan takes a unique approach to the age-based and asset allocation portfolios typically favored by participants.
All 529 plans offer professionally managed portfolios that either remain the same over time (asset allocation) or automatically become more conservative as college approaches (age based). However, there can be vast differences in how those portfolios are allocated, assembled and adjusted. Which is right for each family? This paper examines four factors to consider when investing in 529 plans.
FOUR KEY CONSIDERATIONS IN EVALUATING 529 PORTFOLIOS
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To learn more about college planning and 529 college savings plans:
- Consult your financial professional
- Visit www.ny529advisor.com
- Call 1-800-774-2108
Before you invest, consider whether your or the beneficiary's home state offers any state tax or other state benefits such as financial aid, scholarship funds, and protection from creditors that are only available for investments in that state's qualified tuition program.
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