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CollegeCounts 529 Fund Advisor Plan

The manager for Alabama CollegeCounts 529 Fund Advisor Plan changed from Van Kampen to Union Bank and Trust Company in August 2010. It features age-based, static and individual fund portfolio options using mutual funds from multiple fund firms. To find a financial advisor in your area, use the Directory of Financial Professionals.

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  • Program typeSavings
  • Inception2002, but substantially changed in August 2010.
  • State agency
    Board of Trustees of College Counts 529 Fund, chaired by the State Treasurer
  • Tax deduction
    Tax deduction for single filers $5,000/yr
    Tax deduction for joint filers $10,000/yr
  • Program Manager
    UBT 529 Services, a division of Union Bank & Trust Company
  • Program distributor
    Northern Trust Securities, Inc.
  • Manager contract termUNLOCK PRO

Investors in CollegeCounts 529 Fund Advisor Plan can select from the following investment options. Click on a portfolio name for more information.

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Child age


Max Expense Ratio:2.5%

Age Based Investment Options

Sometimes referred to as the enrollment-based option, this is an investment approach where your asset allocation is programmed to change over time. Accounts for young beneficiaries are invested aggressively and accounts for beneficiaries with college right around the corner are invested much more conservatively. In some 529 plans, the age-based option operates by automatically transferring your investment from one static portfolio to another at certain points in time. Others utilize lifecycle funds or employ lifecycle-type tactics within the portfolio containing your investment so that it is not necessary to transfer your investment between portfolios.

PortfolioE.R% Equity1YR PerformanceRank
Conservative
Age-Based Conservative: Ages 0-21.14%78%8.41%3 of 21
Age-Based Conservative: Ages 3-51.15%67%6.85%8 of 21
Age-Based Conservative: Ages 6-81.15%58%5.96%8 of 24
Age-Based Conservative: Ages 9-101.13%49%5.28%14 of 24
Age-Based Conservative: Ages 11-121.14%38%4.14%4 of 26
Age-Based Conservative: Ages 13-141.10%29%3.2%13 of 26
Age-Based Conservative: Ages 15-161.08%19%2.51%13 of 33
Age-Based Conservative: Ages 17-181.02%10%1.55%6 of 33
Age-Based Conservative: Ages 19+0.92%0%0.47%19 of 33
Moderate
Age-Based Moderate: Ages 0-21.13%88%9.34%9 of 24
Age-Based Moderate: Ages 3-51.14%78%8.41%2 of 21
Age-Based Moderate: Ages 6-81.15%67%6.85%11 of 20
Age-Based Moderate: Ages 9-101.15%58%5.96%9 of 24
Age-Based Moderate: Ages 11-121.13%49%5.28%11 of 32
Age-Based Moderate: Ages 13-141.14%38%4.14%5 of 26
Age-Based Moderate: Ages 15-161.10%29%3.2%13 of 26
Age-Based Moderate: Ages 17-181.08%19%2.51%14 of 33
Age-Based Moderate: Ages 19+1.02%10%1.55%5 of 33
Aggressive
Age-Based Aggressive: Ages 0-21.13%98%10.14%6 of 16
Age-Based Aggressive: Ages 3-51.13%88%9.34%8 of 24
Age-Based Aggressive: Ages 6-81.14%78%8.41%8 of 16
Age-Based Aggressive: Ages 9-101.15%67%6.85%12 of 20
Age-Based Aggressive: Ages 11-121.15%58%5.96%11 of 20
Age-Based Aggressive: Ages 13-141.13%49%5.28%12 of 32
Age-Based Aggressive: Ages 15-161.14%38%4.14%3 of 26
Age-Based Aggressive: Ages 17-181.10%29%3.2%14 of 26
Age-Based Aggressive: Ages 19+1.08%19%2.51%15 of 33

Static Investment Options

This refers to an investment option that is not programmed to change over time. The individual fund portfolio and multi-fund portfolio described below are static options. So are many portfolios that do not use mutual funds, such as stable-value options, guaranteed options, CD options, etc.

PortfolioE.R% Equity1YR PerformanceRank
Target Fund 201.08%19%2.51%6 of 33
Target Fund 1001.13%98%10.14%143 of 308
Target Fund 401.14%38%4.14%5 of 19
Target Fund 601.15%58%5.96%10 of 37
Target Fund 801.14%78%8.41%6 of 34
Target Fixed Income Fund1.18%0%0.19%26 of 33

Individual Investment Options

Sometimes called a single-fund option, this is a portfolio invested in a single mutual fund. Often the name of the 529 portfolio is very similar to the name of the underlying mutual fund. A large number of broker-sold 529s offer an extensive line-up of individual fund options, while a smaller number of direct-sold 529s offer them.

PortfolioE.R% Equity1YR PerformanceRank
DFA U.S. Large Cap Value 529 Portfolio0.91%100%N/AN/A
PIMCO Short-Term 529 Portfolio1.18%0%1.96%15 of 33
T. Rowe Price Balanced 529 Portfolio1.10%65%6.99%14 of 34
BlackRock Inflation Protected Bond 529 Portfolio1.04%0%-0.61%17 of 33
Northern Funds Bond Index 529 Portfolio0.8%0%-2.05%84 of 98
T. Rowe Price Real Estate 529 Portfolio1.25%100%2.57%283 of 308
Northern Funds Stock Index 529 Portfolio0.75%100%17.49%109 of 308
American Century Equity Growth 529 Portfolio1.11%100%17.72%80 of 308
T. Rowe Price Institutional Large-Cap Growth 529 Portfolio1.21%100%28.43%8 of 308
Northern Funds Mid Cap Index 529 Portfolio0.80%100%13.42%128 of 308
Fidelity Advisor Investment Grade Bond 529 Portfolio1.15%0%-1.85%74 of 98
William Blair Small Cap Value 529 Portfolio1.9%100%5.82%204 of 308
Northern Funds Small Cap Index 529 Portfolio0.8%100%14.49%68 of 308
Northern Funds International Equity Index 529 Portfolio0.89%100%2.35%260 of 308
Neuberger Berman International Select 529 Portfolio1.45%100%1.97%220 of 308
Lazard Emerging Markets Equity 529 Portfolio1.73%100%-7.62%302 of 308
Touchstone High Yield 529 Portfolio1.37%0%1.06%32 of 98
Templeton International Bond 529 Portfolio1.48%0%-2.44%33 of 33
Voya Global Real Estate 529 Portfolio1.70%100%1.91%285 of 308
DFA International Small Company 529 Portfolio1.18%100%0.82%205 of 308
Credit Suisse Commodity Return Strategy 529 Portfolio1.43%0%0.89%1 of 98
American Century Short Duration Inflation Protection Bond 529 Portfolio1.02%0%0.1%6 of 24
MainStay Total Return Bond 529 Portfolio1.25%0%-2.07%85 of 98
State Street U.S. Government Money Market 529 Portfolio0.42%0%1.16%14 of 26
T. Rowe Price QM U.S. Small-Cap Growth Equity Fund1.31%100%22.1%49 of 308

Use the form below to filter through the investment options in this plan

Child age


Max Expense Ratio:2.5%