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12b-1 Fees

Fees paid out of fund assets to cover the costs of marketing and selling fund shares.

401(k) Plan

An employer-sponsored retirement savings plan that gives employees a choice of investment options, typically mutual funds.

403(B) Plan

A type of tax-deferred retirement savings program available to employees of public schools, certain non-profits, and some members of the clergy.

529 Account Beneficiary

A current or future student for whom the 529 account is established.

529 Account Owner

A person who establishes an account for a student to save money for qualified higher education expenses or tuition for elementary or secondary public, private, or religious schools; also called the

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, pri

529 Plan Offering Circular

529 plan document that has detailed information about the 529 plan; often called a disclosure statement, disclosure document, program description, or offering document.

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 Plan Sponsor

A state, a state agency or educational institution that chooses a plan manager and determines the rules and limits for its plan.

529 Plans

A 529 plan is a tax-advantaged savings plan designed to encourage saving for educational costs.


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 corporate lea