18A:71B-40 Selection of investment manager.
18A:71B-40. a. The authority shall select an investment manager or managers to invest the funds of the trust or the funds in accounts. In making this selection, any investment manager shall be subject to the "prudent person" standard of care applicable to the Division of Investment in the Department of the Treasury pursuant to subsection b. of section 11 of P.L.1950, c.270 (C.52:18A-89), and the authority shall consider the impact of fees and costs imposed by the manager or managers on yield to contributors.
b.The authority may select more than one investment manager and investment instrument for the program if it is in the best interest of contributors and will not interfere with the administration of the program.
c.The authority may provide a contributor with a choice of investment managers or investment instruments or both for the program if both of the following conditions exist:
(1)the federal Internal Revenue Service has provided guidance that providing a contributor with a choice of investment managers or instruments under a State tuition program will not cause the program to fail to qualify for favorable tax treatment under section 529 of the federal Internal Revenue Code of 1986, 26 U.S.C.s.529; and
(2)the authority concludes that a choice of investment managers or of investment instruments is in the best interest of contributors and will not interfere with the administration of the program.
d. If the authority terminates the designation of an investment manager to hold accounts, and accounts must be moved from that investment manager to another investment manager, the authority shall select the investment manager and type of investment instrument to which the balance of the account is moved, unless the federal Internal Revenue Service provides guidance that allowing the contributor to select among several investment managers or investment instruments that have been selected by the authority would not cause a program to cease to be a qualified State tuition program for the purposes of section 529 of the federal Internal Revenue Code, 26 U.S.C.s.529.
e.If the selection process provided for in this section results in an investment manager other than the Division of Investment, the authority shall provide for the orderly transfer of accounts and shall ensure that all the rights of the contributors and designated beneficiaries participating in the program as of the effective date of P.L.2001, c.262 (C.18A:71B-64 et al.), are protected.
L.1999, c.46, s.1; amended 2001, c.262, s.18.
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