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2012 Research Calendar

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College Saving

FRC is at the forefront of the college savings marketplace and it is represented in our involvement with The College Saving Foundation a nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC. The charter of the group is to effect positive change by working with public policy makers, media representatives and financial service industry executives in support of education savings programs and FRC works alongside the founding investment management firms.

FRC Announcement:

FRC Parent Company to Acquire 529 College Saving Conference and Bootcamp from

October 25, 2012, New York – Asset International, Inc. (AI), parent company of FRC, has agreed in principle to acquire's annual 529 Conference and Bootcamp from JFH Innovative LLC, beginning in 2013.

For more than a decade, the 529 Conference and Bootcamp has been a leading information and training source for professionals involved in the college savings space, including state agencies, program managers, industry regulators, investment advisors and asset managers. It was begun by Joe Hurley, founder of and a preeminent thought leader in the 529 industry, who will continue to play an active role in the conference.

AI, a global provider of information and technology to global pension funds, asset managers, financial advisers, banking service providers and other financial institutions, announced that the 529 Conference and Boot Camp will become a part of FRC's College Savings practice.

The 2013 event will be held September 9-11 in Orlando, and be co-located with AI's PLANADVISER National Conference, the premier event for retirement plan advisers, in order to expand the 529 plan discussion in the adviser space. More…


529 Quarterly Updates
Quarterly executive-level report that provide in-depth analysis, commentary, and data on 529 product, marketing, and distribution trends. Each issue also provides direct, quantifiable data around base market analytics, including: 529 Plan Assets by State, Program, Program Manager and Primary Distributor, and 529 Plan Average Account Size by Program. sample report pdf

529 Quarterly Fee Analysis
These executive-level reports competitively assess 529 fees at the plan and investment option levels. Each report examines total annual asset based fees by number of plans, average minimum, average maximum and average by distribution channel. Channels evaluated include advisor, fee-based, and direct and portfolio types such as asset allocation, age-based and individual. The reports also include program manager contract expiration dates. Download Fact Sheet pdf

529 College Savings Views
This weekly series summarizes the latest news and events in the college savings industry with FRC's expert, candid and timely commentary on how these events will drive product developments, marketing, and distribution trends.

529 Plans: Financial Advisor Support, Selection and Distribution Preferences
In this report, FRC examines how program managers and primary distributors can sell more 529 plans through financial advisors by analyzing their support, selection and distribution preferences. Assessing the disconnects between program managers and advisors, the report details ways that 529 product managers can add value for financial advisors in the broker-dealer and RIA channels. FRC will also review a number of topic areas as identified and designed by the 529 industry such as the most commonly used 529 portfolios and reasons why some advisors sell direct-sold plans. This report is based primarily on an expanded longitudinal analysis of advisor survey responses and the underlying data will be available for ad-hoc analysis as well. Key takeaways provide product providers, primary distributors, and broker/dealers with actionable, relevant, and insightful recommendations for increasing advisors' usage of 529 products.

529 Industry Analysis
In this report, FRC provides a qualitative and quantitative analysis of the college savings industry and key trends driving industry growth over the next five years. Three industry surveys focused on the industry from the perspective of financial advisors, inves¬tors, and product providers, and one-on-one interviews with senior executives provides the basis for a 360 degree analysis of the industry and a 529 savings plan market sizing forecast. Findings provide a reference tool for market participants to increase their aware¬ness of, stay ahead of, and help position their firm for the changing trends within the college savings marketplace. Download Table of Contents pdf

529 Plans and Distribution Analysis
The increasingly competitive 529 product marketplace is driving an industry-wide internal examination of 529 plans and distribution methods. In this report, FRC provides a qualitative and quantitative analysis of 529 plans based on industry surveys with financial advisors, investors and one-on-one interviews with senior executives. Findings provide a reference tool for market participants to increase their awareness and stay ahead of the shifting key trends within the college savings marketplace. Download Fact Sheet pdf

Evaluating the College Saving Market Opportunity
FRC's third study on the 529 college savings market provides 529 program managers a comprehensive resource for building sustainable 529 plans in an increasingly competitive marketplace. In this study, FRC examines the role 529s play in the larger college savings market, explores consumer and advisor preferences, focuses on 529 platforms and how they will change over the next year, and forecasts the future of the 529 savings plan marketplace. Findings are based on surveys FRC conducted of three distinct groups—consumers, financial advisors, and program managers, as well as personal interviews FRC conducted with a number of industry executives, state agencies, think tanks, and 529 practice consulting firms to provide comprehensive analysis and commentary into the evolving nature of the 529 business. Download Table of Contents pdf

529 Strategies for Success: Graduating from Start-Up Mode to Profitable Asset Growth
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