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2010 three-year top performing direct plans Q4
http://www.savingforcollege.com/articles/2010-3-year-top-performing-direct-plans-q4

Posted: 2011-02-03

Savingforcollege.com ranks the performance of direct-sold 529 plans. Direct-sold plans are those that consumers can enroll in without using a broker. We have prepared both one-year, three-year and five-year performance tables.

To prepare this ranking, we compared a subset of portfolios from each 529 savings plan. We selected portfolios based on their mix of stocks, bonds and money market funds, which allows for an apples-to-apples comparison in seven asset-allocation categories. The lower the "percentile," the better the ranking.

This ranking could be a useful tool for you when selecting which direct 529 plan might be right for you.

Here are our 529 performance rankings as of December 31, 2010 for Direct-sold 529 plans.

Three-year performance ranking (click here for one-year performance table and five-year performance table):

Rank State Plan Percentile
1 Nevada USAA 529 College Savings Plan 7.27
2 Kansas Schwab 529 College Savings Plan 21.27
3 Florida Florida College Investment Plan 26.42
4 Wisconsin EdVest (Direct-sold) 31.89
5 Michigan Michigan Education Savings Program 32.60
6 West Virginia SMART529 Select 34.66
7 Nevada The Vanguard 529 Savings Plan 35.68
8 Utah Utah Educational Savings Plan (UESP) Trust 35.70
9 South Carolina Future Scholar 529 College Savings Plan (Direct-sold) 36.45
10 Maryland College Savings Plans of Maryland -- College Investment Plan 36.61
11 Georgia Path2College 529 Plan 36.81
12 Pennsylvania Pennsylvania 529 Investment Plan 37.15
13 Alaska University of Alaska College Savings Plan 37.50
14 Missouri MOST - Missouri's 529 College Savings Plan (Direct-sold) 37.57
15 New York New York's 529 College Savings Program -- Direct Plan 38.00
16 New Jersey NJBEST 529 College Savings Plan 39.47
17 Connecticut Connecticut Higher Education Trust (CHET) 39.91
18 Alaska T. Rowe Price College Savings Plan 40.52
19 Arkansas GIFT College Investing Plan 41.05
20 Nevada The Upromise College Fund 41.30
21 Iowa College Savings Iowa 41.63
22 Louisiana START Saving Program 41.91
23 Ohio Ohio CollegeAdvantage 529 Savings Plan 42.10
24 Oklahoma Oklahoma College Savings Plan 42.63
25 Colorado Direct Portfolio College Savings Plan 42.79
26 Kansas Learning Quest 529 Education Savings Program (Direct-sold) 43.82
27 Hawaii Hawaii's College Savings Program 44.38
28 District of Columbia DC 529 College Savings Program (Direct-sold) 45.72
29 Virginia Virginia Education Savings Trust (VEST) 46.18
30 Idaho Idaho College Savings Program (IDeal) 46.78
31 Vermont Vermont Higher Education Investment Plan 47.32
32 Kentucky Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust 47.56
33 South Dakota CollegeAccess 529 (Direct-sold) 47.89
34 Mississippi Mississippi Affordable College Savings (MACS) Program 48.60
35 North Dakota College SAVE 48.74
36 Minnesota Minnesota College Savings Plan 48.95
37 Rhode Island CollegeBoundfund (Direct-sold, Alternative RI) 52.99
38 West Virginia SMART529 WV Direct 54.88
39 Maine NextGen College Investing Plan -- Client Direct Series 55.60
40 Illinois Bright Start College Savings Program -- Direct-sold Plan 58.97
41 California The ScholarShare College Savings Plan 60.78
42 Delaware Delaware College Investment Plan 60.89
43 Massachusetts U.Fund College Investing Plan 61.03
44 New Hampshire UNIQUE College Investing Plan 61.05
45 Arizona Fidelity Arizona College Savings Plan 61.24
46 Texas Texas College Savings Plan 64.51
47 New Mexico The Education Plan's College Savings Program (Direct-sold) 89.73
- Alabama College Counts 529 Fund (Direct-sold) NA
- Indiana CollegeChoice 529 Investment Plan (Direct-sold) NA
- Montana Montana Family Education Savings Program Investment Plan NA
- Nebraska Nebraska Education Savings Trust - Direct College Savings Plan NA
- Nebraska TD Ameritrade 529 College Savings Plan NA
- North Carolina National College Savings Program NA
- Oregon Oregon College Savings Plan NA

NA = Not applicable = Program does not have at least three portfolios with sufficiently long performance under our ranking model.

The Savingforcollege.com plan composite rankings are derived using the plans' relevant portfolio performance in seven unique asset allocation categories. The asset-allocation categories used are: 100 percent equity, 80 percent equity, 60 percent equity, 40 percent equity, 20 percent equity, 100 percent fixed and 100 percent short term. The plan composite ranking is determined by the average of its percentile ranking in the seven categories.

The performance data underlying these rankings represent past performance and are not a guarantee of future performance. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data used. A plan portfolio's investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that an investor's shares or units when redeemed may be worth more or less than their original cost. Investors should carefully consider plan investment goals, risks, charges and expenses by obtaining and reading the plan's official program description before investing. Investors should also consider whether their beneficiary's home state offers any tax or other benefits that are available for investments only in such state's 529 plan.

Brokers, please note: For internal use only and not for use with or to be shown to the investing public.

Disclaimer: Bankrate, Inc. shall not be liable for any errors or omissions in this report. Users should rely on official program disclosures.

For broker-sold plan rankings, click here.

Savingforcollege.com ranks the performance of direct-sold 529 plans. Direct-sold plans are those that consumers can enroll in without using a broker. We have prepared both one-year, three-year and five-year performance tables.

To prepare this ranking, we compared a subset of portfolios from each 529 savings plan. We selected portfolios based on their mix of stocks, bonds and money market funds, which allows for an apples-to-apples comparison in seven asset-allocation categories. The lower the "percentile," the better the ranking.

This ranking could be a useful tool for you when selecting which direct 529 plan might be right for you.

Here are our 529 performance rankings as of December 31, 2010 for Direct-sold 529 plans.

Three-year performance ranking (click here for one-year performance table and five-year performance table):

Rank State Plan Percentile
1 Nevada USAA 529 College Savings Plan 7.27
2 Kansas Schwab 529 College Savings Plan 21.27
3 Florida Florida College Investment Plan 26.42
4 Wisconsin EdVest (Direct-sold) 31.89
5 Michigan Michigan Education Savings Program 32.60
6 West Virginia SMART529 Select 34.66
7 Nevada The Vanguard 529 Savings Plan 35.68
8 Utah Utah Educational Savings Plan (UESP) Trust 35.70
9 South Carolina Future Scholar 529 College Savings Plan (Direct-sold) 36.45
10 Maryland College Savings Plans of Maryland -- College Investment Plan 36.61
11 Georgia Path2College 529 Plan 36.81
12 Pennsylvania Pennsylvania 529 Investment Plan 37.15
13 Alaska University of Alaska College Savings Plan 37.50
14 Missouri MOST - Missouri's 529 College Savings Plan (Direct-sold) 37.57
15 New York New York's 529 College Savings Program -- Direct Plan 38.00
16 New Jersey NJBEST 529 College Savings Plan 39.47
17 Connecticut Connecticut Higher Education Trust (CHET) 39.91
18 Alaska T. Rowe Price College Savings Plan 40.52
19 Arkansas GIFT College Investing Plan 41.05
20 Nevada The Upromise College Fund 41.30
21 Iowa College Savings Iowa 41.63
22 Louisiana START Saving Program 41.91
23 Ohio Ohio CollegeAdvantage 529 Savings Plan 42.10
24 Oklahoma Oklahoma College Savings Plan 42.63
25 Colorado Direct Portfolio College Savings Plan 42.79
26 Kansas Learning Quest 529 Education Savings Program (Direct-sold) 43.82
27 Hawaii Hawaii's College Savings Program 44.38
28 District of Columbia DC 529 College Savings Program (Direct-sold) 45.72
29 Virginia Virginia Education Savings Trust (VEST) 46.18
30 Idaho Idaho College Savings Program (IDeal) 46.78
31 Vermont Vermont Higher Education Investment Plan 47.32
32 Kentucky Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust 47.56
33 South Dakota CollegeAccess 529 (Direct-sold) 47.89
34 Mississippi Mississippi Affordable College Savings (MACS) Program 48.60
35 North Dakota College SAVE 48.74
36 Minnesota Minnesota College Savings Plan 48.95
37 Rhode Island CollegeBoundfund (Direct-sold, Alternative RI) 52.99
38 West Virginia SMART529 WV Direct 54.88
39 Maine NextGen College Investing Plan -- Client Direct Series 55.60
40 Illinois Bright Start College Savings Program -- Direct-sold Plan 58.97
41 California The ScholarShare College Savings Plan 60.78
42 Delaware Delaware College Investment Plan 60.89
43 Massachusetts U.Fund College Investing Plan 61.03
44 New Hampshire UNIQUE College Investing Plan 61.05
45 Arizona Fidelity Arizona College Savings Plan 61.24
46 Texas Texas College Savings Plan 64.51
47 New Mexico The Education Plan's College Savings Program (Direct-sold) 89.73
- Alabama College Counts 529 Fund (Direct-sold) NA
- Indiana CollegeChoice 529 Investment Plan (Direct-sold) NA
- Montana Montana Family Education Savings Program Investment Plan NA
- Nebraska Nebraska Education Savings Trust - Direct College Savings Plan NA
- Nebraska TD Ameritrade 529 College Savings Plan NA
- North Carolina National College Savings Program NA
- Oregon Oregon College Savings Plan NA

NA = Not applicable = Program does not have at least three portfolios with sufficiently long performance under our ranking model.

The Savingforcollege.com plan composite rankings are derived using the plans' relevant portfolio performance in seven unique asset allocation categories. The asset-allocation categories used are: 100 percent equity, 80 percent equity, 60 percent equity, 40 percent equity, 20 percent equity, 100 percent fixed and 100 percent short term. The plan composite ranking is determined by the average of its percentile ranking in the seven categories.

The performance data underlying these rankings represent past performance and are not a guarantee of future performance. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data used. A plan portfolio's investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that an investor's shares or units when redeemed may be worth more or less than their original cost. Investors should carefully consider plan investment goals, risks, charges and expenses by obtaining and reading the plan's official program description before investing. Investors should also consider whether their beneficiary's home state offers any tax or other benefits that are available for investments only in such state's 529 plan.

Brokers, please note: For internal use only and not for use with or to be shown to the investing public.

Disclaimer: Bankrate, Inc. shall not be liable for any errors or omissions in this report. Users should rely on official program disclosures.

For broker-sold plan rankings, click here.

 

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