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– ABLE Act Column
– State-Sponsored Retirement Savings Column
– Events

529 Dash, Required Reading for Your 529 Education: The goal of the 529 Dash is to address the specific needs and concerns of advisers and institutions who sell and service families and employers in the education financial planning process by creating and sharing industry relevant news, product training and best practices, while also building awareness and understanding of the importance of 529s, ABLE accounts and education financial planning.

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Paul Curley, CFA
Editor-in-Chief of 529 Dash
Director of College Savings Research
Twitter: @PaulCurleyBC

News & Research: Article Round-Up

Here is what you need to know from stories, research and data released this week:

  • New York Times, “How to save for college.” Editor's Take: Comprehensive overview of 529s and college financial planning. Thank you Tara Siegel Bernard for creating and sharing.
  • Real Money Robert, “A step-by-step guide to creating a family budget.” Editor's Take: The article highlights the long- and short-term expenses for parents, including education financial planning. It also highlights the importance of cash flow management, and issues and hurdles to financial planning for parents.
  • Bloomberg, “Violent stock reversals are coming faster than any time since 2011.” Editor's Take: Education financial planning is a long-term goal and investment. Recent market volatility provides an opportunity to continue to save automatically throughout market cycles. While dollar cost averaging through automatic contributions helps to build long-term strength in college affordability for families, those with beneficiaries that are closer to enrollment have an opportunity to take advantage of the growing and strengthening conservative investment line-ups in 529 plans. In the meantime, help your clients to create an education financial plan and have the conversation today.

Data: 3Q 2018 529 and ABLE Market Sizing Update

Here is the latest 529 and ABLE market data by Strategic Insight that can be used by the media and other organizations.

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ABLE Act Column

ABLE accounts are tax-advantaged savings accounts for certain individuals with disabilities and their families. News, Research, Data & Resources:

  • ABLEnow, “ABLEnow has helped 5,000 Americans with disabilities save like never before.” Editor's Take: Congrats, and thank you for helping families to save and save efficiently.

Events: Strategic Insight ABLE Summit 2019 will be held on September 25, 2019, at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida, to deliver product training, insight and networking opportunities to support the successful implementation and growth of ABLE accounts. Please save the date, and thank you for the support.

State-Sponsored Retirement Savings Column

State-sponsored retirement savings plans are tax-advantaged retirement savings accounts offered through private sector companies and administered by states. News, Research, Data & Resources:

  • Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, “How have workers responded to Oregon’s auto-IRA?” Editor's Take: The report highlights a number of interesting statistics on early results, including Appendix A3 table that reports uptake to date. As the first program to launch, upcoming programs can leverage the data to help project their path. Also, the study was highlighted in the issue brief here.
  • Market Watch, “Opinion: The first state auto-IRA program is up and running.” Editor's Take: Handful of tables on data results to date. Thank you for creating and sharing to raise awareness of the product.
  • Wall Street Journal, “States boost access to retirement plans, seeking to close savings gap.” Editor's Take: Solid round-up of the current landscape that will help to build awareness for the launch of the programs.
  • NJ.com, “Can’t get a retirement plan through work? N.J. may soon set up a state-run IRA for private sector workers.” Editor's Take: New Jersey is the latest state to make progress towards eventually launching a program.

Events: SI 529 Conference 2019

Save the Date: Strategic Insight 529 Conference 2019 will be held from September 23-25, 2019, at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida. Sessions:

  • 529 Conference: A highly interactive and educational industry gathering with the entire education financial planning ecosystem.
  • 529 Essentials: A pre-conference session to train professionals on 529 plans and education financial planning in a constantly evolving market.
  • ABLE Summit: A post-conference session to deliver training, insight and networking opportunities to support the successful implementation and growth of ABLE accounts.

December 17th, 2018
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