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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Target Date Fund Revelations During Market Upsets

Here at TargetQ Views our goal is analysis and thoughts on retirement investing, so it was a pleasure (and a lot of fun) to work with reporter Randall Smith on his article “What the Market Selloff Revealed About Target-Date Funds” published in the Wall Street Journal on April 6th, 2020.


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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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TDF Underlying: Duration Exposure

We've previously discussed differences in TDF underlying exposure to U.S. vs International Equity exposure.  Continuing that theme, let’s shift gears and look at the fixed income side of the equation.  While there are many factors that can differentiate fixed income portfolios, in this post we’ll focus on the metric of the underlying duration of the fixed income holdings.


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CITs: The ‘other’ TDF vehicle

Mutual funds have been the preferred vehicle for Target Date Funds since TDFs' infancy. Because Target Date Funds employ a fund-of-funds structure, it made sense for TDFs to be offered in a mutual fund vehicle as well. However, the TDF market is transitioning to Collective Investment Trusts (CITs) as a preferred vehicle.


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