From the April 2009 issue of Treasury & Risk magazine

Target-Date Troubles

One recent attempt to solve the problem of workers' paltry retirement savings--target-date funds--is showing some cracks amid the market meltdown. CFOs and other plan officials are increasingly concerned that such funds rely too heavily on stocks at a time when equity values have plummeted and that their use may expose plan sponsors to legal liability. Meanwhile, some fund companies are moving to modify the asset allocations of their target-date funds.

It comes as a blow to plan officials and employees alike that professionally managed target-date funds are not the safe havens lawmakers and experts expected they would be, given that the funds are designed to shift to a more conservative asset allocation as participants move closer to retirement and are rebalanced regularly to keep to their asset-allocation targets.

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