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    Interest rate increases: A boon for senior savers and a disaster for variable-rate borrowers

    Don't forget that a spike in rates will hurt ARM mortgages, HELOCs and variable-rate student loans.

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    Factors to consider when choosing a 529 college savings plan

    Certain nuances of Section 529 college savings plans should be considered when looking for an investment plan that will grow enough to pay for the increasing costs of college. Advisers should begin with an analysis of the cost of the plan, including all the fees that cover program administration as

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    Hospital stocks ride a wave of potential insurance subsidies

    Breakfast with Benjamin: Hospital-stock rally sparked by high court's Obamacare debate. Plus: The dollar continues to soar; how to follow the big money; and bailing out college debt is a bad investment.

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    529 benefits go beyond college savings

    Advisers should discuss additional advantages, including estate planning, to help clients make good decisions and build the relationship.

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    House approves bill easing 529 plan rules

    Families may get to pay for computers again with these popular college savings accounts.

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    What Obama's attempt to tax 529 plans says about the safety of Roth IRA assets

    Changes could spark revolt, but 'when Congress needs dollars, they're going to get them,' one adviser says.

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    Obama backs off 529 college savings plan proposal

    Issue becomes distraction from president's broader plan to expand and simplify tax breaks for education

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    The latest CFA test scores send 56% back to square one

    On today's Breakfast with Benjamin, Wall Street wannabees sweat over the results of the December CFA test. Plus: Obama turns tail on 529 tax plan, Gundlach dishes on his own bad trades, and chicken wings might be the best Super Bowl investment.

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    Global bankers are painting the Fed into a corner

    Breakfast with Benjamin features the Federal Reserve being caught between a rock and a hard place on rate hikes. Plus: Greeks vote to kick the can down the road, Obama's tax grab looks like a blueprint for the future, and a billionaire tells Americans to spend less money

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    Little incentive to use 529 plans under Obama proposal

    College planning would change under president's reforms to education tax code.

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    Should your clients use prepaid college tuition plans?

    As more schools sign on, guarantees and tuition cost savings attract account holders.

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    ETFs losing their luster in 529 college savings plans

    New report says benefits of exchange-traded funds don't make sense when nestled within the tax-advantaged 529 plans.

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    The season of giving is the perfect time for 529 college savings plans

    As financial advisers begin working on end-of-year planning with their clients, now is the time to talk about college investing.

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    Integrate college, retirement plans

    Calculation of need-based aid involves many factors, including 401(k) and IRA contributions.

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    The latest 529 plan data

    529 plans ranked by 2Q2014 assets, including both direct-sold and adviser-sold plans.