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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Happy Holidays!

It’s the holiday season once again. With the numerous parties that often come at this time of year, whether it be with coworkers, friends, or family, quite often the celebration involves food, drinks, and hard to resist treats! The preparations for these parties often include menu planning, such as depicted in the best Christmas movie ever, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.


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TDF Holdings: Active vs Passive (vs Both!)

It’s the holiday season once again, and for the kid in us, it’s time to look forward to unwrapping presents. It’s not unusual to be surprised by what’s inside the box. Sometimes it’s for the best but, unfortunately, sometimes it’s for the worse.


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3Q TDF Industry Glidepath Changes

Target Date Funds (TDFs) have a pre-determined glidepath which drives its asset allocation. While it does not happen frequently per se, this pre-determined path can be changed by the TDF issuer at any time. These adjustments can be smaller more fringe changes or more wholesale methodology changes.


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What Is A Glide Path?

Target Date Funds'  “yellow brick road” is their glide path.  The glide path is, in essence, a pre-described mix of the TDFs asset allocation over time.  Since the advent of TDFs, it has been universally accepted that the longer a participant's time horizon, the more risk they should accept via higher equity exposure.


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