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Asset allocation and section 529 plans

  • Ramon P. DeGennaro

Previous research has concluded that prespecified asset allocations used by many Section 529 college savings plans are suboptimal. We extend this research to show that though it may be true, it is true for reasons other than those asserted in previous research. In addition, it tends to deflect attention from other investment options and strategies.

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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta in its series Working Paper with number 2003-1.

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Date of creation: 2003
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Handle: RePEc:fip:fedawp:2003-1
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