When 529s Don’t Make the Grade

When 529s Don’t Make the Grade

Money has been flowing into 529 college savings plans, but not all the plans are equally appealing.

More families have been discovering 529 college savings plans. In fact, assets in the plans jumped 25 percent in 2012 to $166 billion, according to Morningstar. But not all the plans are equally appealing. Some come with high expenses and uninspiring investment track records. According to a recent study by Morningstar, the average 529 investment returns lagged behind comparable mutual funds. Some choices performed so badly that savers would have done better by avoiding 529s and investi

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