Target date funds (TDFs) aren’t sophisticated enough to address the retirement needs of American workers. There’s a rising tide of workers retiring, and many of those workers don’t feel ready for retirement. Now more than ever, investors need customized, cost-effective income planning and investment strategies. Personalized managed advice can meet that need by providing better outcomes for investors than they would get with TDFs. There are a number of benefits for firms that offer personalized, managed advice, too.
It’s becoming more apparent that despite the broad adoption and dominance of the $1.7 trillion Target Date Fund (TDF) product, TDFs don’t address the trends and issues that are becoming more urgent for American workers. When it comes to both the increased lack of retirement readiness and the shift in the growing base of retirees that need income distribution advice, TDFs aren’t doing enough.