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Like a more hands-on approach to your investments?

Custom Portfolios

Choose from among six Custom Portfolios that invest in stock funds, bond funds, and a short-term reserves account, all managed by Vanguard.

Unlike Age-Based options, your allocations here remain generally fixed. Of course, you may decide to change to a more conservative Custom Portfolio as your child approaches college age. That's up to you.

The chart shows customer portfolio investment objectives. The Aggressive Growth Portfolio consists of 60% Vanguard Total Stock Market Index fund and 40% Vanguard Total International Stock Index Fund. It seeks to provide capital appreciation. The Moderate Growth Portfolio consists of 35% Vanguard Total Bond Market II Index Fund, 15% Vanguard Total International Bond Index Fund, 20% Vanguard Total International Stock Index Fund, and 30% Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund. It seeks to provide capital appreciation and current income. The Income Portfolio consists of 34.5% Vanguard Total Bond Market II Index Fund, 22.5% Vanguard Total International Bond Index Fund, 25% Vanguard Short-Term Reserves Account, and 18% Vanguard Short-Term Inflation-Protected Securities Index Fund. It seeks to provide current income. The Growth Portfolio consists of 45% Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund, 17.5% Vanguard Total Bond Market II Index Fund, 30% Vanguard Total International Stock Index Fund, and 7.5% Vanguard Total  International Bond Index Fund. It seeks to provide capital appreciation and low to moderate current income. The Conservative Growth Portfolio consists of 15% Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund, 52.5% Vanguard Total Bond Market II Index Fund, 22.5% Vanguard Total International Bond Index Fund, and 10% Vanguard Total International Stock Index Fund. It seeks to provide current income and low to moderate capital appreciation. The Interest Accumulation Portfolio consists of 100% Vanguard Short-Term Reserves Account and it seeks to provide income consistent with the preservation of capital.

NOTE: You could lose money by investing in a portfolio which includes the Vanguard Short-Term Reserves account which in turn invests in the Vanguard Federal Money Market Fund. Although the money market fund in which your investment option invests (the “underlying fund”) seeks to preserve its value at $1.00 per share, the underlying fund cannot guarantee it will do so. An investment in this investment option is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. The underlying fund’s sponsor has no legal obligation to provide financial support to the underlying fund, and you should not expect that the sponsor will provide financial support to the underlying fund at any time.

Ascensus Broker Dealer Services is the distributor of The Arkansas 529 GIFT Plan, Learn more about Ascensus Broker Dealer Services, LLC on FINRA's BrokerCheck FINRA's BrokerCheck.

For more information about the GIFT College Investing Plan (the "GIFT Plan"), call 1.800.587.7301 or click here to obtain a Program Description and Participation Agreement, which includes investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses and other information; read and consider it carefully before making an investment or sending money. Ascensus Broker Dealer Services, LLC (“ABD”), the Program Manager, and its affiliates have overall responsibility for the day-to-day operations, including investment advisory services, recordkeeping, administrative services and marketing of the GIFT Plan. 

Please Note: Before you invest, consider whether your or the beneficiary’s home state offers any state tax or other state benefits such as financial aid, scholarship funds, and protection from creditors that are only available for investments in that state’s qualified tuition program. You should also consult your financial, tax, or other advisor to learn more about how state-based benefits (or any limitations) would apply to your specific circumstances. You also may wish to contact directly your home state’s 529 college savings plan(s), or any other 529 plan, to learn more about those plans’ features, benefits, and limitations. Keep in mind that state-based benefits should be one of many appropriately weighted factors to be considered when making an investment decision.

The GIFT Plan is a college tuition savings program sponsored by the State of Arkansas and administered by the Arkansas Section 529 Plan Review Committee ("Committee"). ABD, the Program Manager, and its affiliates have overall responsibility for the day-to-day operations, including investment advisory services, recordkeeping, administrative services and marketing of the GIFT Plan. The GIFT Plan's Portfolios invest in: (i) mutual funds; or (ii) an FDIC-insured omnibus savings account held in trust by the Committee at Sallie Mae Bank. Except for the GIFT Plan Savings Portfolio, investments in the GIFT Plan are not insured by the FDIC. Units of the Portfolios are municipal securities and the value of units will vary with market conditions.

Investment returns will vary depending upon the performance of the GIFT Plan Portfolios you choose. Except to the extent of FDIC insurance available for the GIFT Plan Savings Portfolio, you could lose all or a portion of your money by investing in the GIFT Plan, depending on market conditions. Account Owners assume all investment risks as well as responsibility for any federal and state tax consequences.

Not FDIC-Insured (except for the GIFT Plan Savings Portfolio). No Bank, State or Federal Guarantee. May Lose Value.