Mixed Moves

Market moves were mixed on Thursday. The Dow added some points. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq ended in the red zone. Chevron, Kraft Foods, and Microsoft led percentage gains on the Dow. Disappointing data on manufacturing in China and Europe, and a less-than-stellar report on U.S. jobless claims pressured action on Wall Street.

Is Your 529 Plan Making the Grade?

If you’re one of the millions of parents or grandparents who’ve invested money in a 529 plan, the arrival of a new academic year may be a good time to see how your plan stacks up against the competition. Mediocre investment returns, higher-than-average fees, limited investment options and flexibility—these are some of the things that might have you thinking you could do better with another plan. Learn more in this Financial Tip.