Your Legacy Matters: Manage Beneficiaries

Designating your account beneficiaries is an important part of your financial planning. Make sure your legacy is directed as you choose by managing your beneficiaries for your American Century Investments┬« accounts.

Why it's important to keep your beneficiaries up-to-date

  • Older designations often contain outdated or incomplete information, making it difficult to distribute assets in a timely manner.
  • Even if you have a will or trust, you must provide your designation directly to us. That designation will determine how your assets are distributed.

Find out how you can establish or update your account beneficiaries below. 

Individual Retirement Accounts

Manage beneficiaries for your retirement accounts securely online*. Retirement accounts include Traditional IRA, Rollover IRA, Roth IRA, Roth IRA Conversion, Minor IRA, and Minor Roth IRA.

Follow these step-by-step directions below:

  1. Log In with the User Name and Password registered to the individual retirement account.
  2. Select My Profile.
  3. Select Manage Beneficiaries.

*Naming a trust as a beneficiary: If you would like to add a new or modify an existing trust or other entity as a beneficiary, please complete the Designation of Beneficiary form and return accompanied with any additional documentation, as indicated in the form. Naming a trust as a beneficiary can be completed online for Workplace Retirement Accounts (see below). Generally, an entity has a separate identifiable existence that is created for legal or tax purposes. Examples of entities include a trust, charity, your estate, endowment, partnership, corporation, etc.

Taxable Mutual Fund Accounts

Please review the Transfer on Death Rules and download a Transfer on Death (TOD) Agreement.

Taxable accounts are accounts that are reportable to the IRS on an annual basis, meaning you are taxed on any:

  • dividends and capital gains distributed by the fund each year-the tax rate varies depending on the type of income distributed and your tax bracket
  • capital gains when you sell shares or exchange them for another fund-the tax rate varies depending on how long you owned the shares and your tax bracket