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8-K

Public companies file Form 8-K, known as the “current report,” to the SEC to announce major events that shareholders should know about, including bankruptcy proceedings, a change in corpor...

529 Plans

A 529 plan is a tax-advantaged savings plan designed to encourage saving for educational costs. 529 plans, legally known as “qualified tuition plans,” are sponsored by states, state agencies, or e...

529 Plan or Program Manager

A financial services firm — a mutual fund company, a brokerage firm, an investment adviser, or an insurance company — that handles all of the transactions and investments within the plan.

529 Education Savings Plan

A type of 529 plan that lets an account owner open an investment account to save for the account beneficiary’s qualified higher education expenses or tuition for elementary or secondary public, priv...

12b-1 Fees

Fees paid out of fund assets to cover the costs of marketing and selling fund shares. “Distribution fees” include fees to compensate brokers and others who sell fund shares, and to pay for...

401(k) Plan

Many companies offer 401(k) retirement plans. With traditional 401(k) plans you contribute a certain percentage of your paycheck before taxes. Much like with traditional IRAs, you’ll owe income ...