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529 Essentials Seminar
Monday, October 16, 2017

  • 7:30 - 8:45

    Registration and Breakfast

  • 8:45 - 9:00

    Opening Remarks: Paul Curley, CFA, Director of College Savings Research, Strategic Insight

  • 9:00 - 9:45

    529 Primer & Landscape

    - Background and beginning of 529 plans
    - Types of plans, features and requirements
    - Historical milestones leading up to where we are today

    PRESENTER: Chris Stack Esq., Managing Consultant,

  • 9:45 - 10:30

    Federal Regulatory Framework

    - Legislative benefits and features
    - The role of the municipal issuer and program manager
    - Tax regulation of the issuer/program by the IRS
    - Securities regulation of the issuer, program manager, distributor, investment advisor by SEC, MSRB

    PRESENTER: Mark Chapleau, Esq., Member, Weston Patrick, PA

  • 10:30 - 10:45

    Networking Refreshment Break

  • 10:45 - 11:45

    Plan Governance & Administration Best Practices

    - The fiduciary duties of 529 entities
    - Guidance on good governance processes
    - The underpinnings for disclosure standards
    - Review of the advertising best practices and principles

    PRESENTER: Andrea Feirstein, Managing Director, AKF Consulting Group

  • 11:45 - 12:30

    Structuring & Evaluating the Investment Line-Up

    - Structure in philosophy and in practice
    - Defining key terms and differentiating factors
    - Investment types and management style trends
    - Impact of fees, new asset classes and other trends on selection

    PRESENTER: David Smith, Managing Partner, Marquette Associates

  • 12:30 - 1:30


  • 1:30 - 2:30

    Tax Benefits & Planning

    - Tax benefits, considerations and guidance under IRC Section 529
    - Fundamentals of contributions, asset growth and distributions
    - Qualified higher education expenses, and exemptions to the 10% penalty tax
    - Gift and estate tax provisions, grandparent contributors & custodial 529 accounts

    PRESENTER: Jamie Canup, Partner/Principal, Hirschler Fleischer

  • 2:30 - 3:15

    Financial Aid: Lifecycle of Planning, Saving & Paying for College

    - Importance of college financial planning, saving and 529s
    - Impact of saving on federal financial aid's FAFSA and CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE
    - Coordination of 529s with American Opportunity Tax Credit and other higher-education incentives
    - Comprehensive approach to paying for college

    PRESENTER: Martha Savery, Director, Public Affairs, Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority

  • 3:15 - 3:45

    Networking Refreshment Break

  • 3:45 - 4:30

    Fundamentals of College Savings Plan Operations

    -Portfolio valuation, accounting and administration
    -Custody and portfolio trading
    -Participant recordkeeping
    -Overview of an effective service provider oversight model
    -Trading and NAVs errors / remediation.
    -Key aspects of plan service provider conversions

    Kaprel Ozsolak, Founding Partner, Spectra Professional Services

  • 4:30 - 5:00

    Comparing College Savings Vehicles: How do 529s Stack Up?

    - How do 529s alternatives stack up by Stack?
    - Categories of college savings/investment vehicles
    - Strength and weaknesses of different savings vehicles

    PRESENTER: Chris Stack Esq., Managing Consultant,

  • 5:00

    Closing Remarks by Paul Curley, CFA, Director of College Savings Research, Strategic Insight

  • 5:00 - 7:00

    CIAO Italia! Please join us for an evening in Italy while networking with your peers and enjoying a delicious Italian-inspired dinner outside in Da Vinci Lawn and Terrace.  

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Sponsorship Information:

Austin Ulep

General Information:

Carol Popkins