Is Your 529 Plan Packed? Getting Your 529 Plan Ready For College.
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As school starts, many parents are beginning to tap their 529s. Those that packed their 529s in advance decreased the risk in at least a portion of their portfolio at least a year or two out. But for many, the balance they counted on in December 2021 has dropped 15%-20%.
Managing college-funding risk can be more challenging than retirement because the runway and spend-down periods are shorter for college, 18 and 4 for college, and for retirement, 40 and 25, respectively.
If you have a sophomore or junior in high school, now is the time to develop a risk-reduction plan.
If your child is starting college now, there is no perfect solution in a down market, but here are some possible solutions and thoughts:
- Use other assets and give time for risky assets to come back
- Other 529 plan
- Other accounts
- Realizing the risk of staying invested
- Dollar-cost sell, again realizing the market may not come back
- If you don't need the assets right away
- A tuition payment plan set up with the school may allow you to spread out payments
- Sell bonds or lower-risk assets first
- Even the equities that haven't gone down as much might be able to be sold
If you are in a target-date fund, be aware of the current risk and how it reduces risk over time.
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