Ohio's 529 Plan: U.S. Equity Investment Options (Stocks)

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CollegeAdvantage offers several U.S. Equity (stock) investment options from various segments of the stock market, including the stocks of small, midsize and large domestic companies, both growth and value, across all industries. Historically, stocks have provided the highest returns over time, but stock prices fluctuate, sometimes dramatically. Because of this, equity investments tend to have the highest level of risk.

U.S. Equity Options (Stocks) Investment Objectives Asset Category Underlying Investments Investment Style/ Characteristics
Vanguard Strategic Equity Option Show Details Seeks to provide long-term capital appreciation U.S. Small- and Mid-Cap Stocks Vanguard Strategic Equity Fund Seeks appropriate balance between strong growth prospects and reasonable valuations relative to their industry peers Show Details

Vanguard Strategic Equity Option (U.S. Small- and Mid-Cap Stocks) – Investment Strategy

The Vanguard Strategic Equity Option invests 100% of its assets in Vanguard Strategic Equity Fund. The fund invests in small- and mid-capitalization domestic equity securities based on the advisor's assessment of the relative return potential of the securities. The advisor selects securities that he or she believes offer an appropriate balance between strong growth prospects and reasonable valuations relative to their industry peers. The advisor does this by using a quantitative process to evaluate all of the securities in the fund’s benchmark while seeking to maintain a risk profile similar to that of the benchmark.

Vanguard Extended Market Index Option Show Details Seeks to track the performance of a benchmark index that measures investment return of small- and mid-cap stocks U.S. Small- and Mid-Cap Stocks Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund Employs an indexing investment approach designed to track the performance of the Standard & Poor's Completion Index Show Details

Vanguard Extended Market Index Option (U.S. Small- and Mid-Cap Stocks) – Investment Strategy

The Vanguard Extended Market Index Option invests 100% of its assets in Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund, which employs an indexing investment approach designed to track the performance of the Standard & Poor's Completion Index. The index is a broadly diversified index of stocks of small- and midsize U.S. companies. The S&P Completion Index contains all of the U.S. common stocks regularly traded on the New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ over-the-counter market, except those stocks included in the S&P 500 Index.

The fund invests by sampling the index, meaning that it holds a broadly diversified collection of securities that, in the aggregate, approximates the full index in terms of key characteristics. These characteristics include industry weightings and market capitalization, as well as certain financial measures, such as price to earnings ratio and dividend yield.

When the Vanguard Extended Market Index Option is combined with the Vanguard 500 Index Option, investors may obtain exposure to the entire U.S. stock market.

Vanguard U.S. Growth Option Show Details Seeks to provide long-term capital appreciation U.S. Large- and Mid-Cap Stocks –Growth Vanguard U.S. Growth Fund Uses fundamental and qualitative approaches to actively manage independent sub-portfolios that provide broad diversification Show Details

Vanguard U.S. Growth Option (U.S. Mid-Cap and Large-Cap Stocks: Growth) – Investment Strategy

The Vanguard U.S. Growth Option invests 100% of assets in Vanguard U.S. Growth Fund, which invests mainly in large-capitalization stocks of U.S. companies considered to have above-average earnings growth potential and reasonable stock prices in comparison with expected earnings. Under normal circumstances, at least 80% of the Fund’s assets will be invested in securities issued by U.S. companies. The Fund uses multiple investment advisors. Each advisor independently selects and maintains a portfolio of common stocks for the Fund.

Vanguard Windsor II Option Show Details Seeks to provide long-term capital appreciation and income U.S. Large-Cap Stocks –Value Vanguard Windsor II Fund Invests mainly in large- and mid-cap U.S. companies whose stocks are considered to be undervalued Show Details

Vanguard Windsor II Option (U.S. Large-Cap Stocks: Value) - Investment Strategy

The Vanguard Windsor II Option invests 100% of its assets in Vanguard Windsor II Fund. The fund invests mainly in large- and mid-capitalization companies whose stocks are considered by an advisor to be undervalued. Undervalued stocks are generally those that are out of favor with investors and that the advisor feels are trading at prices that are below average in relation to such measures as earnings and book value. These stocks often have above-average dividend yields.

The fund achieves diversification through a multi-manager structure, including both fundamental and qualitative styles. The fund's advisors work independently, each employing their own process and strategy through active management. Vanguard may invest a small portion of the fund's assets in stock index futures and/or shares of exchange-traded funds when doing so will reduce the fund's transaction costs or add value because the instruments are favorably priced.

Vanguard 500 Index Option Show Details Seeks to track the performance of a benchmark index that measures the investment return of large-capitalization stocks U.S. Large-Cap Stocks Vanguard Institutional Index Fund Employs an indexing investment approach designed to track the S&P 500 Show Details

Vanguard 500 Index Option (U.S. Large-Cap Stocks) – Investment Strategy

The Vanguard 500 Index Option invests 100% of its assets in Vanguard Institutional Index Fund, which employs an indexing investment approach designed to track the performance of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. The index is a widely recognized benchmark of U.S. stock market performance that is dominated by the stocks of large U.S. companies. The fund attempts to replicate the target index by investing all, or substantially all, of its assets in the stocks that make up the index, holding each stock in approximately the same proportion as its weighting in the index.

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