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Plan for college at each stage of a child's life

August 14, 2013

College planning is not just a “set it and forget it” event. Especially as children age, parents and their advisers need to stay on top of how much has been saved per student and figure out exactly where each dollar will come from to cover...

Congress knocks student loan rates back down after brief spike

August 1, 2013

The U.S. Congress gave final approval yesterday to a bill that pegs interest on government-sponsored student borrowing to a market-based rate, ensuring that almost 9 million undergraduates will pay 3.86 percent on their next loan. The Republican-run...

Risk management, alts among increased focus of IMCA exams

July 24, 2013

The Investment Management Consultants Association plans to update its exams and educational programs to enhance coverage of risk management, alternative investments, behavioral finance and fiduciary responsibilities. The organization, which...

How should alts fit into college savings plans?

July 21, 2013

Advisers should prioritize investment mix and flexibility when pondering which college savings plans are right for clients, according to J.P. Morgan Asset Management, which runs New York's adviser-sold college savings plan. In advice the firm...

Top broker-sold 529 plans - 12. Connecticut

July 16, 2013

Plan Connecticut Higher Education Trust Advisor College Savings Plan Percentile 76.63 (Source: Savingforcollege.com) (Broker sold plans. Includes sales charges. Lower percentile rating = higher score. Rankings derived using the plans relevant...

Alts key to de-risking 529 plans: J.P. Morgan

July 15, 2013

Advisers should prioritize investment mix and flexibility when pondering which college savings plans are right for clients, according to J.P. Morgan Asset Management, which runs New York's adviser-sold college savings plan. In advice the firm...

States with the best-performing 529s - 12. Alaska

July 12, 2013

Plan T. Rowe Price College Savings Plan Percentile* 42.69 (Source: Savingforcollege.com) (* One-year performance. Ranking base on comparison of the reported investment performance of a subset of portfolios from each 529 savings plan. The lower...

7 high-growth jobs — and no degree required - 7. Bookkeeper

July 10, 2013

Projected increase in jobs by 2020 14% Median annual salary $39,022 Projected 2020 salary $47,992 (Source: Salary.com. Projections based on data from Salary.com and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.)

States with the worst-performing 529s - 10. Kansas

July 8, 2013

Plan Learning Quest 529 Education Savings Program (Direct-sold) Percentile* 62.57 (Source: Savingforcollege.com) (* One-year performance. Ranking base on comparison of the reported investment performance of a subset of portfolios from each 529...

Added dimension as popular 529 plan adds funds, cuts fees

June 18, 2013

Utah's college savings program is expanding its investment lineup, adding funds from Vanguard and Dimensional Fund Advisors. Administrative fees on the plan are also being cut by about 10%. The plan, already one of the nation's largest 529s...

College savings assets soar to $180B

June 5, 2013

The amount of money in the nation's Section 529 college savings plans has hit a record $180 billion as more families invest in the tax-efficient vehicles to save for the ever-increasing cost of college. Assets in the plans through March 31 increased...

Calif., Mass., N.J. residents best at finances

June 2, 2013

Financial literacy is a hot topic. But a new survey shows that residents in many states still have plenty to learn about handling their money. Residents of California, Massachusetts and New Jersey are the best at that, according to a study on...

Residents in these three states worst at money matters

May 29, 2013

Financial literacy is a hot topic among lawmakers and industry groups. But a new survey shows that residents in many states still have plenty to learn about handling their money. According to a study released today by the Financial Industry...

N.M. offers alternatives in 529 plan

May 19, 2013

OppenheimerFunds Inc. has changed its New Mexico 529 college savings plan to include alternative investments and access to some of the firm's most popular funds within the tax-advantaged savings vehicle. As part of a new custom investment option,...

OppenheimerFunds adds popular funds, alternatives to college savings plan

May 13, 2013

OppenheimerFunds Inc. has changed its New Mexico 529 college savings plan to include alternative investments and access to some of the firm's most popular funds within the tax-advantaged savings vehicle. As part of a new custom investment option,...

Upper-classmen? Study shows colleges taking from the poor, giving to the rich

May 10, 2013

U.S. colleges such as Boston University are using financial aid to lure rich students while shortchanging the poor, forcing those most in need to take on heavy debt, a report found. Almost two-thirds of private institutions require students...

More families add to 529 plans

May 5, 2013

The nation's $1 trillion student debt problem may have a silver lining: More families seem to be socking away cash in tax-free accounts for college expenses. The nation's 86 different Section 529 college savings plans held a total of $166 billion...

Cash rolling into college savings plans as loan debt soars, Morningstar says

April 26, 2013

The nation's $1 trillion student debt problem may have a silver lining. More families seem to be socking away cash in tax-free accounts for college expenses. The nation's 86 different 529 college savings plans had a total of $166 billion in...

Life insurance a lifesaver for college?

February 17, 2013

Parents worried about how they will afford the soaring cost of college for their children are being steered by some financial advisers in a surprising direction: life insurance. Life insurance that carries a cash balance that can be pulled out...

Life insurance a lifesaver for college?

February 14, 2013

Parents worried about how they'll afford the soaring cost of college for their children increasingly are being steered by financial advisers in a surprising direction — life insurance. Life insurance that carries a cash balance that can be...

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