Those who invested in target-date mutual funds might have come out of 2008 either unscathed or forced to delay retirement, according to the Associated Press and the latest performance tabulations. Results varied widely, and depending on which 2010 fund investors were in, their loss may have been as small as 3.6 percent, or as big as 41 percent, reports the AP.
“Investors in target-date funds weighted more heavily toward stocks than less-volatile bonds must ask if they’ve got the stomach to stick it out after being burned last year. And they need to be aware that target-date funds are complex and merit scrutiny, even though they can appear on paper to be the investing equivalent of autopilot,” writes Mark Jewell for the Associated Press.
Volatile performances are forcing employers to grapple with defaulting plan participants into an appropriate target-date fund.