TDF Underlying: U.S. vs International Exposure

In our Class on Asset Classes post, we laid the framework for the varying exposures that Target Date Funds (TDFS) can hold as underlying investments. Using that as a basis, we can compare the various TDF series and how they differ on various metrics. In this post, we’ll start by looking at how TDFs allocate to U.S. vs. International (Non-U.S.) exposure.


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4Q19 TDF Flows

The 4th Quarter of 2019 saw some interesting flow activity into TDFs. While there are many ways to slice and dice the information, we’ll take a look at some interesting highlights below.


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4Q19 TDF Target Changes

Target Date Fund issuers have the right to change their glide path whenever they see fit. It makes the historical and ongoing analysis of the TDF a bit trickier. Sometimes the changes can be rather large and sometimes just nuanced changes. During the 4Q19 quarter we saw a handful of changes, most of which fall in the nuanced camp.


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4Q19 TDF Returns

As we march along into 2020, we’ll start reviewing what occurred in the TDF market in the last quarter on 2019. The first aspect we’ll look at is returns.


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Class on Asset Classes

Almost all 401(k) plans have the basic asset classes covered, but the degree to which they vary with regard to basic asset class investment options as well as their inclusion of additional classes, can be notable. Target Date Funds (TDFs) are investment vehicles that, too, use asset classes. Finding out which ones can require a little digging, though, as you'll most likely need to reference a TDF's factsheet or issuer's website.


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