As 2011 hits the mid-year mark, the economic recovery seems to be hitting a wall. Unemployment ticked up, the Dow dipped, a Greek sovereign debt default is looking more likely and the president bid farewell to Austan Goolsbee, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

To investors, it's all a bit grim, but for financial advisors this means it is time to roll up your sleeves and get to work. It's time to prove you are really worth all those fees that your clients are paying out. So this month, in our cover story, " Building Your 529 Business," we take a look at what some advisors are doing to, indeed, help their clients using these financial products. Net flows into 529 plans rose by a whopping 75% over the last two years, with assets expected to hit $237 billion from $146 billion in just four years. And, we list some of the top-ranked advisor-sold plans, courtesy of, as well.

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