NextGen 529 -- Client Select Series

The Maine NextGen 529 -- Client Select Series advisor-sold 529 plan consists of age-based, static multi-fund, and individual-fund options from a number of money managers: American Century, BlackRock, Franklin Templeton, Lord Abbett, MainStay, MFS and Neuberger Berman. In addition, the Principal Plus Portfolio and NextGen Savings Portfolio are offered. For complete details, see a Merrill Advisor or, for Maine residents, a participating Maine Distribution Agent. To find a financial advisor in your area, use the Directory of Financial Professionals.

Fee Score

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2.5 / 5
  • Program type
  • Inception
  • State agency
    Finance Authority of Maine (FAME)
  • Tax deduction
  • Program Manager
    Sumday Administration, LLC
  • Program distributor
    BlackRock Investments, LLC

Investment Options

Investors in NextGen 529 -- Client Select Series can select from the following investment options. Click on a portfolio name for more information.

Age Based Investment Optionsaccordion open icon

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
BlackRock Age-Based 5-7 Years Portfolio0.82%70%28.42%7 of 21
iShares Age-Based 5-7 Years Portfolio (ETF)0.57%70%26.06%4 of 21
Franklin Templeton Age-Based 11-12 Years Portfolio0.96%68%24.39%6 of 18
Franklin Templeton Age-Based 16 Years Portfolio0.87%38%13.35%17 of 31
Franklin Templeton Age-Based 19 Years Portfolio0.79%9%3.75%3 of 36
MFS Age-Based 17 Years Portfolio0.82%25%9.85%6 of 31
BlackRock Age-Based 2-4 Years Portfolio0.82%80%32.17%N/A
BlackRock Age-Based 16 Years Portfolio0.82%30%13.49%N/A
BlackRock Age-Based 18 Years Portfolio0.73%10%4.91%N/A
Franklin Templeton Age-Based 7-8 Years Portfolio1.02%88%32.06%N/A
Franklin Templeton Age-Based 15 Years Portfolio0.9%48%16.85%N/A
Franklin Templeton Age-Based 18 Years Portfolio0.81%18%6.55%N/A
iShares Age-Based 2-4 Years Portfolio (ETF)0.57%80%30.6%N/A
iShares Age-Based 16 Years Portfolio (ETF)0.17%30%10.59%N/A
iShares Age-Based 18 Years Portfolio (ETF)0.62%10%3.23%N/A
MFS Age-Based 3-5 Years Portfolio0.99%90%35.82%N/A
MFS Age-Based 8-9 Years Portfolio0.95%70%27.85%N/A
MFS Age-Based 12-13 Years Portfolio0.89%50%20.16%N/A
Franklin Templeton Age-Based 0-6 Years Portfolio1.05%98%36.32%6 of 17
Franklin Templeton Age-Based 9-10 Years Portfolio0.99%78%28.26%4 of 20
Franklin Templeton Age-Based 13-14 Years Portfolio0.93%58%20.43%10 of 38
Franklin Templeton Age-Based 17 Years Portfolio0.84%28%9.85%5 of 31
Franklin Templeton Age-Based 20+ Years Portfolio0.78%0%1.14%10 of 33
MFS Age-Based 0-2 Years Portfolio1%100%39.16%7 of 17
MFS Age-Based 6-7 Years Portfolio0.97%80%31.8%10 of 20
MFS Age-Based 10-11 Years Portfolio0.91%60%23.94%8 of 18
MFS Age-Based 14-15 Years Portfolio0.84%40%15.63%9 of 38
MFS Age-Based 16 Years Portfolio0.83%32.5%12.75%22 of 31
MFS Age-Based 18+ Years Portfolio0.8%20%7.96%16 of 36
BlackRock Age-Based 0-1 Years Portfolio0.81%90%36.05%12 of 27
BlackRock Age-Based 8-11 Years Portfolio0.82%60%24.54%19 of 26
BlackRock Age-Based 12-13 Years Portfolio0.83%50%20.69%12 of 38
BlackRock Age-Based 14-15 Years Portfolio0.82%40%16.94%9 of 27
BlackRock Age-Based 17 Years Portfolio0.78%20%9.35%11 of 36
BlackRock Age-Based 19+ Years Portfolio0.7%0%1.02%6 of 33
iShares Age-Based 0-1 Years Portfolio (ETF)0.57%90%35.34%4 of 27
iShares Age-Based 8-11 Years Portfolio (ETF)0.57%60%21.66%15 of 26
iShares Age-Based 12-13 Years Portfolio (ETF)0.57%50%17.51%11 of 38
iShares Age-Based 14-15 Years Portfolio (ETF)0.58%40.01%13.66%11 of 27
iShares Age-Based 17 Years Portfolio (ETF)0.59%20.01%7.01%6 of 36
iShares Age-Based 19+ Years Portfolio (ETF)0.64%0%-0.56%13 of 33
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