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The best- and worst-performing target date funds

Ranking funds through the third quarter of 2015

Nov 1, 2015 @ 12:01 am

By InvestmentNews Data

Target Date 2011-2015

Top 10 3-month return1-year return3-year return5-year returnNet assets ($M)Expense ratio*
JHancock Retirement Choices at 2015 1 (JRFOX)-0.62%0.95%2.04%3.78%$401.40.50%
Putnam RetirementReady 2015 A (PRRHX)-1.59%0.48%3.81%4.42%$47.70.93%
Wells Fargo Advtg DJ Trgt 2015 Inv (WFQEX)-1.69%-1.35%2.02%3.51%$765.90.89%
MFS Lifetime 2015 A (LFTDX)-2.32%-0.17%N/AN/A$47.90.84%
KP Retirement Path 2015 Institutional (KPRAX)-2.34%0.39%N/AN/A$490.30.37%
Great-West Lifetime 2015 I T (MXLTX)-2.88%-0.62%3.62%5.21%$151.90.84%
JPMorgan SmartRetirement Blend 2015 R5 (JSBWX)-2.93%-0.58%4.71%N/A$59.40.50%
Schwab Target 2015 (SWGRX)-2.94%0.56%5.54%6.68%$113.10.53%
Great-West Lifetime 2015 II T (MXLVX)-3.54%-0.73%4.58%6.03%$950.30.87%
AllianzGI Retirement 2015 A (AZGAX)-3.55%-3.65%1.09%3.33%$30.90.97%
Bottom 5
AB 2015 Retirement Strategy A (LTEAX)-6.88%-4.58%4.44%5.08%$71.10.98%
Franklin LifeSmart 2015 Retire Trgt A (FTRAX)-5.56%-3.46%4.09%4.99%$77.10.98%
Manning & Napier Target 2015 I (MTJIX)-5.42%-5.13%3.85%N/A$9.30.86%
Strategic Advisers Multi-Manager 2015 (FEJPX)-5.41%-1.98%N/AN/A$1.90.86%
Fidelity Advisor Freedom 2015 A (FFVAX)-5.31%-2.03%4.26%5.59%$1,449.30.89%

Target Date 2016-2020

Top 10 3-month return1-year return3-year return5-year returnNet assets ($M)Expense ratio*
Madison Target Retirement 2020 R6 (MTWRX)-2.29%1.48%5.83%6.49%$54.30.55%
JHancock Retirement Choices at 2020 1 (JRWOX)-2.31%-0.33%3.61%5.31%$931.10.49%
Putnam RetirementReady 2020 A (PRRMX)-2.58%0.61%5.14%5.72%$87.00.96%
Wells Fargo Advtg DJ Trgt 2020 A (STTRX)-2.67%-1.64%3.27%4.44%$2,628.90.81%
Voya Solution 2020 Port I (ISNBX)-3.20%0.97%6.57%N/A$3.50.76%
MFS Lifetime 2020 A (MFLAX)-3.36%-0.64%4.86%6.48%$342.30.87%
KP Retirement Path 2020 Institutional (KPRBX)-3.37%-0.15%N/AN/A$693.00.40%
Voya Index Solution 2020 Port I (IDXBX)-3.42%-0.28%6.33%N/A$2.10.51%
PNC Target 2020 I (PDTCX)-3.43%0.00%4.90%N/A$4.20.71%
Russell LifePoints 2020 Strategy R5 (RLLVX)-3.60%-1.47%3.76%4.93%$74.21.11%
Bottom 5
AB 2020 Retirement Strategy A (LTHAX)-7.50%-4.83%5.09%5.44%$140.41.02%
Franklin LifeSmart 2020 Retire Trgt A (FLRMX)-6.52%-3.05%N/AN/A$28.41.00%
Pimco RealPath 2020 A (PTYAX)-6.27%-5.10%0.32%2.26%$79.51.11%
MassMutual RetireSMART 2020 A (MRTAX)-6.10%-3.46%5.62%6.67%$502.51.20%
JHancock Retire Living through 2020 A (JLDAX)-6.04%-3.34%5.74%6.70%$1,100.91.06%

Target Date 2021-2025

Top 10 3-month return1-year return3-year return5-year returnNet assets ($M)Expense ratio*
Putnam RetirementReady 2025 A (PRROX)-3.63%0.49%6.52%6.91%$62.30.98%
Great-West Lifetime 2025 I T (MXALX)-3.90%-1.10%4.92%6.19%$254.90.89%
Wells Fargo Advtg DJ Trgt 2025 Inv (WFGYX)-3.96%-2.16%4.47%5.48%$2,292.20.91%
JHancock Retirement Choices at 2025 1 (JREOX)-4.11%-1.50%5.00%6.60%$1,343.20.51%
AllianzGI Retirement 2025 A (GVSAX)-4.37%-4.62%1.24%N/A$68.11.01%
Great-West SecureFoundation LT 2025 G (MXSNX)-4.53%-0.45%6.76%7.10%$70.10.66%
American Century One Choice 2025 R6 (ARWDX)-4.54%-0.80%N/AN/A$118.10.56%
Russell LifePoints 2025 Strategy R1 (RPLRX)-4.69%-1.75%5.07%6.08%$31.50.63%
American Century One Choice 2025 A (ARWAX)-4.69%-1.42%5.63%7.03%$2,474.01.07%
BlackRock LifePath Index 2025 Instl (LIBIX)-4.74%-1.24%5.89%N/A$668.50.18%
Bottom 5
AB 2025 Retirement Strategy A (LTIAX)-8.20%-5.09%5.86%5.86%$140.51.04%
Pimco RealPath 2025 A (PENZX)-7.28%-5.97%0.63%N/A$72.21.13%
Manning & Napier Target 2025 I (MTOAX)-7.18%-6.51%5.55%N/A$28.80.87%
Franklin LifeSmart 2025 Retire Trgt A (FTRTX)-7.18%-2.79%6.80%6.61%$121.11.01%
MassMutual RetireSMART 2025 A (MMSDX)-7.01%-4.06%6.25%7.19%$157.91.19%

Target Date 2026-2030

Top 10 3-month return1-year return3-year return5-year returnNet assets ($M)Expense ratio*
Madison Target Retirement 2030 R6 (MTIRX)-4.50%0.14%7.29%7.58%$78.20.55%
Putnam RetirementReady 2030 A (PRRQX)-4.83%0.02%7.64%7.83%$102.11.02%
Deutsche LifeCompass 2030 A (PLUSX)-5.02%-1.39%7.10%7.33%$37.51.16%
American Century One Choice 2030 R6 (ARCUX)-5.04%-0.66%N/AN/A$123.90.57%
Presidential Managed Risk 2030 A (PZCAX)-5.14%-3.36%3.64%N/A$10.11.04%
ClearTrack 2030 R1 (TDFTX)-5.17%N/AN/AN/A$8.31.20%
PNC Target 2030 I (PDTEX)-5.20%-0.54%6.60%N/A$5.10.78%
American Century One Choice 2030 A (ARCMX)-5.22%-1.35%6.27%7.51%$1,665.81.09%
Invesco Balanced-Risk Retire 2030 A (TNAAX)-5.22%-2.93%1.10%5.18%$108.91.14%
AllianzGI Retirement 2030 A (ABLAX)-5.31%-5.57%1.86%3.90%$68.51.03%
Bottom 5
AB 2030 Retirement Strategy A (LTJAX)-8.79%-5.01%6.71%6.36%$121.01.06%
Pimco RealPath 2030 A (PEHAX)-8.16%-6.76%1.03%2.72%$105.21.17%
Strategic Advisers Multi-Manager 2030 (FECPX)-7.95%-3.55%N/AN/A$1.51.00%
Manning & Napier Target 2030 I (MTPIX)-7.88%-7.02%5.94%7.20%$159.60.87%
JHancock Retire Living through 2030 A (JLFAX)-7.88%-4.17%7.12%7.63%$1,208.21.10%

Target Date 2031-2035

Top 10 3-month return1-year return3-year return5-year returnNet assets ($M)Expense ratio*
Great-West Lifetime 2035 I T (MXGLX)-5.63%-1.93%6.67%7.48%$212.50.94%
American Century One Choice 2035 R6 (ARLDX)-5.68%-0.66%N/AN/A$88.50.60%
American Century One Choice 2035 A (ARYAX)-5.74%-1.24%6.98%8.09%$1,953.41.12%
ClearTrack 2035 R1 (TCETX)-5.98%0.00%N/AN/A$7.51.20%
AllianzGI Retirement 2035 A (GVRAX)-6.00%-5.75%2.51%N/A$54.31.06%
Putnam RetirementReady 2035 A (PRRWX)-6.01%-0.62%8.56%8.57%$56.41.06%
JPMorgan SmartRetirement Blend 2035 R5 (JPBRX)-6.18%-2.25%7.86%N/A$96.50.50%
Principal LifeTime Hybrid 2035 Instl (PHTJX)-6.21%-0.35%N/AN/A$2.90.49%
BlackRock LifePath Index 2035 Instl (LIJIX)-6.33%-2.51%6.78%N/A$509.40.19%
Principal LifeTime 2035 Instl (LTIUX)-6.50%-1.81%8.00%8.64%$1,128.10.78%
Bottom 5
Pimco RealPath 2035 A (PIVAX)-9.53%-7.47%1.27%N/A$73.21.19%
AB 2035 Retirement Strategy A (LTKAX)-8.94%-4.58%7.43%6.78%$95.81.06%
GuideStone Funds MyDestination 2035 Inv (GMHZX)-8.90%-7.07%5.86%7.39%$365.01.07%
Strategic Advisers Multi-Manager 2035 (FENPX)-8.58%-3.94%N/AN/A$1.21.02%
Fidelity Advisor Freedom 2035 A (FATHX)-8.49%-3.83%6.42%7.41%$2,127.81.01%

Target Date 2036-2040

Top 10 3-month return1-year return3-year return5-year returnNet assets ($M)Expense ratio*
Madison Target Retirement 2040 R6 (MFRRX)-5.42%-0.43%7.97%8.16%$49.00.55%
Invesco Balanced-Risk Retire 2040 A (TNDAX)-5.93%-3.29%1.20%5.23%$74.01.24%
Presidential Managed Risk 2040 A (PZDAX)-6.09%-4.13%4.23%N/A$8.31.03%
PNC Target 2040 I (PDTGX)-6.22%-0.20%7.94%N/A$2.30.82%
American Century One Choice 2040 R6 (ARDUX)-6.25%-0.88%N/AN/A$74.10.63%
American Century One Choice 2040 A (ARDMX)-6.30%-1.37%7.56%8.60%$1,240.41.15%
Deutsche LifeCompass 2040 A (TGTAX)-6.34%-2.15%7.75%7.67%$11.31.20%
Principal LifeTime Hybrid 2040 Instl (PLTQX)-6.50%-0.47%N/AN/A$2.40.49%
AllianzGI Retirement 2040 A (AVSAX)-6.74%-6.14%3.01%4.62%$44.01.09%
JPMorgan SmartRetirement Blend 2040 R5 (JOBBX)-6.78%-2.69%8.03%N/A$91.00.50%
Bottom 5
Pimco RealPath 2040 A (POFAX)-9.86%-7.54%1.43%3.29%$82.01.19%
Manning & Napier Target 2040 I (MTTIX)-9.21%-8.08%7.00%7.43%$96.50.87%
AB 2040 Retirement Strategy A (LTLAX)-9.08%-4.07%8.04%7.11%$87.81.06%
Vantagepoint Milestone 2040 Inv M (VPRKX)-8.97%-4.44%8.40%9.05%$355.00.88%
Russell LifePoints 2040 Strategy R5 (RXLVX)-8.95%-5.44%5.76%6.34%$64.01.21%

Target Date 2041-2045

Top 10 3-month return1-year return3-year return5-year returnNet assets ($M)Expense ratio*
JPMorgan SmartRetirement Blend 2045 R5 (JMBRX)-6.75%-2.69%7.98%N/A$52.00.50%
American Century One Choice 2045 R6 (ARDOX)-6.80%-1.09%N/AN/A$57.80.66%
Principal LifeTime Hybrid 2045 Instl (PHTYX)-6.89%-0.91%N/AN/A$1.80.50%
American Century One Choice 2045 A (AROAX)-6.95%-1.68%7.99%8.89%$1,395.51.19%
MFS Lifetime 2045 A (LTMAX)-7.05%-1.74%N/AN/A$61.90.99%
Great-West Lifetime 2045 I T (MXMLX)-7.06%-2.89%7.36%7.90%$117.70.96%
BlackRock LifePath Index 2045 Instl (LIHIX)-7.19%-3.10%7.63%N/A$289.20.19%
Principal LifeTime 2045 Instl (LTRIX)-7.19%-2.33%8.48%9.01%$695.10.80%
ClearTrack 2045 R1 (TCPTX)-7.19%N/AN/AN/A$4.81.20%
American Funds 2045 Trgt Date Retire A (AAHTX)-7.27%-2.55%9.66%9.43%$2,103.30.76%
Bottom 5
Pimco RealPath 2045 A (PFZAX)-10.53%-8.31%1.51%N/A$50.51.21%
GuideStone Funds MyDestination 2045 Inv (GMFZX)-9.88%-7.80%6.07%7.62%$260.51.09%
Manning & Napier Target 2045 I (MTUIX)-9.88%-8.43%7.09%N/A$9.40.89%
Vantagepoint Milestone 2045 Inv M (VPRJX)-9.44%-4.84%8.44%9.04%$152.10.94%
AB 2045 Retirement Strategy A (LTPAX)-9.06%-4.03%8.15%7.22%$70.91.06%

Target Date 2046-2050

Top 10 3-month return1-year return3-year return5-year returnNet assets ($M)Expense ratio*
PNC Target 2050 I (PDTIX)-6.44%-0.20%8.27%N/A$0.60.83%
Madison Target Retirement 2050 R6 (MFTRX)-6.47%-1.14%8.69%N/A$19.20.55%
Invesco Balanced-Risk Retire 2050 A (TNEAX)-6.63%-3.67%1.29%5.30%$34.31.35%
JPMorgan SmartRetirement Blend 2050 R5 (JNABX)-6.76%-2.75%7.98%N/A$31.90.50%
Presidential Managed Risk 2050 A (PZEAX)-6.99%-4.72%4.66%N/A$4.71.02%
MFS Lifetime 2050 A (MFFSX)-7.04%-1.75%8.19%8.99%$91.80.99%
Voya Solution 2050 Port I (ISNQX)-7.04%-1.69%9.06%N/A$0.70.89%
American Century One Choice 2050 R6 (ARFEX)-7.06%-1.24%N/AN/A$40.90.68%
Principal LifeTime Hybrid 2050 Instl (PHTUX)-7.07%-0.81%N/AN/A$1.30.50%
BlackRock LifePath Index 2050 Instl (LIPIX)-7.24%-3.02%8.17%N/A$304.10.19%
Bottom 5
Pimco RealPath 2050 A (PFYAX)-10.48%-7.91%1.49%3.10%$82.91.21%
Manning & Napier Target 2050 I (MTYIX)-9.82%-8.45%7.24%7.63%$31.00.88%
Harbor Target Retirement 2050 Instl (HAFFX)-9.67%-3.31%8.55%8.33%$18.50.78%
Vantagepoint Milestone 2050 Inv M (VPRHX)-9.50%-4.92%8.22%N/A$57.11.10%
Wells Fargo Advtg DJ Trgt 2050 Inv (WFQGX)-9.07%-4.55%7.34%7.63%$1,389.30.93%

Target Date 2051+

Top 10 3-month return1-year return3-year return5-year returnNet assets ($M)Expense ratio*
JPMorgan SmartRetirement Blend 2055 R5 (JTBBX)-6.68%-2.54%7.89%N/A$12.30.50%
MFS Lifetime 2055 A (LFIAX)-6.96%-1.69%N/AN/A$11.60.98%
Franklin LifeSmart 2055 Retire Trgt A (FLTFX)-7.07%N/AN/AN/A$1.31.03%
BlackRock LifePath Index 2055 Instl (LIVIX)-7.26%-2.93%8.70%N/A$91.00.19%
American Funds 2055 Trgt Date Retire A (AAMTX)-7.29%-2.60%9.60%9.41%$651.20.79%
JHancock Retirement Choices at 2055 1 (JRIYX)-7.34%-3.66%N/AN/A$66.50.53%
Principal LifeTime Hybrid 2055 Instl (PLTNX)-7.35%-1.04%N/AN/A$0.30.50%
American Century One Choice 2055 R6 (AREUX)-7.37%-1.35%N/AN/A$19.00.67%
American Century One Choice 2055 A (AREMX)-7.50%-1.84%8.35%N/A$230.91.21%
TIAA-CREF Lifecycle Index 2055 Instl (TTIIX)-7.55%-2.93%8.93%N/A$51.30.12%
Bottom 5
Pimco RealPath 2055 A (PQRAX)-10.13%N/AN/AN/A$3.01.22%
GuideStone Funds MyDestination 2055 Inv (GMGZX)-10.02%-7.80%6.03%N/A$32.11.09%
Manning & Napier Target 2055 I (MTZIX)-9.93%-8.44%7.22%N/A$2.90.87%
Harbor Target Retirement 2055 Instl (HATRX)-9.78%N/AN/AN/A$0.70.78%
AXA Target 2055 Allocation K-9.13%N/AN/AN/A$27.30.86%

As of Sept. 30. N/A = Not available (fund has been in operation for less than the year indicated). Rankings are based on unrounded numbers. *Net prospectus Source: Morningstar, Inc.

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