Favorable tax legislation and rising college costs have spurred a revival of 529 college savings plans largely because of their tax-free treatment, easy investing, no eligibility restrictions and total donor control. Consequently, competition has intensified as 529 plan providers scramble to add new product features, lower their fees, and upgrade investor benefits. The regulatory environment has also changed as the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) has adopted rules and regulations for 529 plans that are comparable to FINRA practices pertaining to sales of mutual funds.
For financial institutions facing the complex challenges presented by 529 plan information, NewRiver's FundPOINT Desktop for 529 Plans enables fund advisors to access accurate information from multiple sources that can be used to provide important disclosures to customers. Powered by NewRiverâs proven FundPOINT Data productâ this latest offering is the only 529 web application that is updated daily at the share class level.
â529 savings plans pose a more daunting compliance dilemma than mutual funds for financial intermediaries due to the multiple parties involved in the investment process,â states Len Driscoll, Chief Client Officer at NewRiver. âBroker-dealers have been asking us for an end-to-end solution that simplifies the sales process by managing the complex documentation associated with 529 plans, and helping them better serve their customers by automatically calculating the tax advantages. NewRiver is please to deliver FundPOINT Desktop for 529 Plans to meet this market need.â