Blending Active and Passive in TDFs

Target Date Funds (TDFs) are often categorized by being active or passive based on the makeup of the underlying holdings. Many issuers also offer blended or hybrid TDF series, which utilize both active and passive underlying holdings. However, the specific blend of active and passive holdings can be very different among issuers.


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2Q20 Target Glidepath Changes

Target Date Fund (TDF) issuers have a stated target glidepath they adhere to when building asset allocation within the different vintages. One caveat is that many issuers have the ability to adjust exposure from this target/baseline exposure based on market conditions. However, issuers also have the ability to alter this target glidepath as they see fit. Often, these changes are relatively minor, but sometimes a more significant shift may occur.


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1Q20 Target Date Flows

As we all know by now, the first quarter was a tumultuous time in the market. Investors were spooked for the first time in a while, which can affect flows. Additionally, with annual retirement plan reviews occurring in late 2019 and early 2020—in advance of this surge in volatility—we believe it is possible that many plan sponsors may have switched to a new target date offering.


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5 Year Target Date Performance – What’s Up?

While investors had a pretty easy ride heading into 2020, they definitely experienced some bumpiness during the tumultuous 1st quarter. Even with this horrible first quarter taken into account, though, most target date investors have still experienced positive performance over a longer-term five-year view. However, looking back over the past years also illustrates some odd anomalies in performance.


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How Top TDFs Fared in 1Q20

Since the middle of February an undeniable sense of the unknown has taken hold over our country. We are all in the the same boat, just wanting the next answer. As everything has come to a halt, something none of us are used to, and most everything has taken a toll from an invisible enemy.


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