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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2Q20 Target Date Fund Performance

With the market trepidation of the 1st quarter having quickly receded, the 2nd quarter was notable for its complete turnaround performance-wise. Equities climbed significantly higher, with some areas of the market surpassing recent highs from late March. Fixed income kept moving right along as interest rates stayed relatively flat during the quarter. So, how did Target Date Fund performance fare?


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2Q20 Target Date Fund Flow

With the United States, and world, currently entrenched in pretty massive uncertainty around COVID-19, unemployment, finances, politics, etc., it’s not surprising the industry saw a pretty massive dip in Target Date Fund (TDF) flow for the 2nd quarter. In this piece, we’ll look at those trends as well as track some general quarterly flow data.


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Comparing Passive Target Date Funds

We’ve talked a fair amount about Passive vs Active TDFs, which refers to the type of underlying vehicles the TDF utilizes. (Note: There’s also Blend TDF which use a mix of active as passive vehicles). While these passive TDFs each follow their own glidepath, the holdings themselves are not necessarily homogeneous. In the following we’ll compare the underlying exposures of the top passive TDFs.


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1Q20 TDF GlidePath Changes

As we’ve talked about in a couple previous posts, TDF issuers have the right to alter their glide path at any given time. Any given quarter may see numerous or few (if any) changes within the industry. Despite the tumultuous market in the 1st quarter, the industry saw minimal glide path changes.


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