SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Not only are the features in various state-sponsored 529 college savings plans widely different and difficult to compare, but politics can get in the way, too.

That was the warning sounded by Elizabeth L. Bordowitz, general counsel for the Finance Authority of Maine, at the Operations Conference of the Investment Company Institute here last month. Political decisions always surround decisions in 529 state plans, Bordowitz said. That is something that industry professionals should keep in mind when planning to grow or change their 529 business, she said.

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