3Q19 TDF Flows

Now that we’ve entered the final quarter of 2019, let’s look back at the flows within the TDF industry. Overall for the quarter, the industry saw net inflows of $27.8 billion, or about a 1.3% increase over the end of 2Q19. Total AUM in TDFs hit nearly $2.2 trillion.


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Target Date Fund Indices

The advent of the Target Date fund was back in early 1994 (as detailed in an earlier post).  As TDFs grew in popularity and more plans/advisors/participants starting using them, a question arose as to how properly measure a TDF's performance. 


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Where it all began

Target date funds (TDFs) are a staple within the retirement industry.  But comparatively to the asset management universe, they are a relatively new phenomenon.  So, when did TDFs begin?


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How do Target Date Funds work?

Target Date funds are a series of vintages where the vintages represent a future year that an investor wishes to reach their target. With regards to retirement this is an investors expected retirement date. 


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