Fidelity cuts fees on college savings plans

Company also launching new college savings portfolios that combine active, passive investments

Oct 8, 2019 @ 1:13 pm

By Bloomberg News

Fidelity Investments cut fees for the majority of its college savings plans as it launched portfolios that combine active and passive money management.

The lower fees on 15 of 22 plans will save investors more than $4 million a year, Fidelity said Tuesday in a statement.

The company, which manages $25 billion of so-called 529 savings plans sponsored by the states of Arizona, Delaware, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, also said that last Thursday, it launched eight new college saving portfolios that combine active and index investments.

The latest move is part of ongoing fee changes at closely held Fidelity, which has $2.8 trillion under management.

In the past several years, the company has joined the asset management price wars with Charles Schwab Corp., Vanguard Group and BlackRock Inc., all of whom have reduced fees on index mutual funds and ETFs.

[Recommended video: What drove Finra's new 529 share class initiative?]

Fidelity, which built an empire on the prowess of its stock pickers, startled the industry last year by offering several zero-fee index mutual funds and has since expanded its slate of commission-free ETFs, giving investors more options with smart beta and active products.

[More: 529 savings plans are not just for college anymore]

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