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Target date funds are quickly becoming the dominant investment option within many defined contribution retirement plans. Regulators have taken notice with the Department of Labor (DOL) contemplating new disclosure requirements for plans offering target date funds.
In order for a plan sponsor to meet their fiduciary obligations to prudently select and monitor their target date funds, a thorough analysis is necessary because of the underlying complexity of these products and their unique structure relative to the traditional "core" investment options that defined contribution sponsors are used to evaluating.
In this program, we present a framework for a sound fiduciary evaluation of a target date series.