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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...

Direct-sold 529s could put brokers at risk: MSRB

February 13, 2013

Brokers who advise clients to invest in a direct-sold college saving plan may be making a formal recommendation that must be suitable for the client and be supervised by the broker-dealer, a municipal securities regulator said. New research...

CFP Board to launch marketing campaign to increase certificants by 5%

January 14, 2013

Nearly two years ago, the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. launched a major public awareness campaign to raise the consumer name identification of the credential it grants. In 2013, the organization is mounting another big...

New family tradition: Not opening a 529

December 13, 2012

Less than 3% of families used Section 529 college savings plans or Coverdell education savings accounts to sock away cash for tuition and other higher-education expenses. A Government Accountability Office report released yesterday found college...

No C-E change as CFP Board scraps controversial plan

December 5, 2012

On the same day that it took a dramatic step toward trying to make its credential the coin of the realm in the investment advice sector, the CFP Board announced that it was scrapping a plan to strengthen its education component. Yesterday, the...

Advisers irked by American College's jumping on Goldfarb news

November 7, 2012

Financial planners are irked at an e-mail sent last Friday by American College chief executive Larry Barton to alumni of the school in reaction to news that Alan Goldfarb, chairman of the board of the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards...

CFP Board chairman resigns amid ethics probe

November 2, 2012

The sudden resignation on Friday of the chairman of the board of the organization that grants the credential for financial planning amid allegations that he violated the group's ethics rules has investment advisers scratching their heads. Alan...

The ticker 'crawl' tells all

October 28, 2012

A new novel by Pepperdine University finance professor Craig Everett aims to teach children financial literacy concepts subtly. He tells the tale of a Connecticut boy who discovers secret messages encrypted into the stock ticker “crawl,”...

Traveling Suze show on deck

October 28, 2012

Personal finance is the subject of an upcoming traveling museum exhibit, and Suze Orman, the broker turned TV personality and motivational speaker, has already landed a feature role in the show. “Economia: Money Matters,” which has interactive...

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