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Will new smart-beta strategies boost target-date funds' performance?

July 8, 2017

Target-date funds are the Energizer Bunny of the mutual fund world. As the industry struggles furiously for investors' money, target-date funds slide blithely by, with billions of dollars in new money flowing in. Now they're adding a little...

Getting mom and pop investors into private equity proves to be an elusive goal

April 21, 2017

Private equity firms are good at solving complex problems. What's stumping them? Normal people. Five years ago, Carlyle Group's David Rubenstein predicted a future where ordinary savers would be able to invest in private equity, an industry...

Fees, lawsuits top concerns for defined contribution executives

April 17, 2017

Fees and litigation fears dominate the thinking of defined contribution plan executives and their consultants even though plan costs have come down over the years, according to a new survey by Pacific Investment Management Co., Newport Beach,...

Retirement plan advisers should bone up on lifetime income

April 11, 2017

The continuing demise of defined benefit plans and increasing concern about the future of Social Security have dramatically reduced the certainty of retirement income for most Americans. Guaranteed income options in defined-contribution plans...

Large advisory shops build custom target-date funds

March 19, 2017

Advisory practices with tens of billions in defined-contribution-plan assets are building custom target-date funds for advisers to use with clients, leveraging their scale to deliver low-cost funds to even the smallest retirement plans and,...

Some active target-date fund managers shine as passive management continues 401(k) onslaught

March 16, 2017

While passive management continued its steady climb in the target-date fund market, a few asset managers with actively-managed TDFs managed to outshine their indexing counterparts in 2016. Target-date fund assets held by passive managers, led...

Taking value into account could improve target-date results: study

March 2, 2017

Target-date funds can improve outcomes by using relatively simple dynamic swings in their asset allocation – but the biggest improvement comes from simply saving more. Peter Chiappinelli and Ram Thirukkonda of the Grantham, Mayo & Van Otterloo...

Investors mix target-date funds and other investments to pursue specific strategies

February 6, 2017

Defined contribution plan participants who hold a target-date fund along with other investments in their accounts might not be misusing or misunderstanding this option. Their mixing of investments can reflect a specific investment strategy,...

Natixis launching 401(k) market's first ESG-focused target-date mutual funds

December 16, 2016

Natixis Global Asset Management is seeking to be the first asset manager to launch target-date mutual funds focusing on environmental, social and corporate governance causes, hoping to capitalize on broader momentum for ESG investing and recent...

Target-date fund managers evolve to capture burgeoning 401(k) market

December 5, 2016

For providers of target-date funds, it's no longer enough to be a one-trick pony. Over the last several years, TDF managers have engaged in a marketing bonanza of new products to stand out in an increasingly competitive — and lucrative —...

Evaluating target-date funds through the prism of the DOL fiduciary rule

September 25, 2016

Like all investment strategies, financial advisers are now evaluating target-date funds through the lens of the Department of Labor's new fiduciary standard. Advisers often assume they are meeting their new fiduciary obligations by simply recommending...

Charles Schwab fires latest salvo in low-cost TDF war

August 25, 2016

Charles Schwab Corp. has upped the ante in the push to be the lowest-cost provider of target-date retirement funds, launching a new series of target-dated mutual funds on Thursday that edge out Vanguard Group and Fidelity Investments to claim...

American Funds' platform puts target-date funds under a microscope

June 1, 2016

American Funds is offering financial advisers a tool for evaluating target-date funds that adheres to the guidance from the Department of Labor. The Target Date ProView platform uses Morningstar data to evaluate all 57 target-date fund series....

Investors poured $32 billion into bonds in March with Vanguard, BlackRock dominating

April 15, 2016

Investors poured an estimated $31.9 billion into bond funds in March, and investment advisers did much of the pouring. The inflow to bond funds was the most since January 2013, when bond funds saw a net $32.6 billion come in, says Morningstar,...

Vanguard extends target-date fund dominance

April 12, 2016

Vanguard Group extended its lead last year as the largest provider of target-date mutual funds, continuing to put distance between itself and second-place Fidelity Investments, which it dethroned for the top spot in 2014. Vanguard managed $224.9...

Low expenses the biggest trend in the fund industry, experts say

March 22, 2016

Smart beta may be the most popular new strategy for mutual fund companies, but the real trend is towards funds with lower expenses. Speaking at the 2016 Thomson Reuters Lipper Alpha Forum Tuesday in New York, a panel of three industry experts...

Vanguard raises some expense ratios

March 17, 2016

Mutual fund expense ratios can go up and down — even at Vanguard Group Inc. The company has raised expense ratios on 52 funds in the past six months, although they're still lower than an ant's shoelaces. “With the release of its December...

2 questions advisers need to ask about target date funds

February 24, 2016

Target date funds are now the go-to option in defined contribution plans, says Chip Castille, chief retirement strategist at BlackRock. Advisers need to ask if these funds add something to a portfolio and if they do so in a cost-efficient manner.

Wells Fargo launching 'completely different' target date funds that take an active approach

November 24, 2015

Wells Fargo & Co. is launching its second target-date series next month, a vast departure from the asset manager's current lineup. Wells Fargo Dynamic Target Date Funds, scheduled to hit the market Dec. 1, incorporates tactical allocation, volatility...

DFA breaks into target date fund market with unique investment approach

November 3, 2015

Dimensional Fund Advisors is trying to break into a burgeoning target date fund market with the launch of a new TDF mutual fund suite that takes a unique investment approach compared with other asset managers in the defined contribution space....

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