Defined Contribution Insights
DEFINED CONTRIBUTION INSIGHTS | October 2018
DEFINED CONTRIBUTION INSIGHTS | January 2018
For over 10 years, target date funds have been a Qualified Default Investment Alternative (QDIA) for defined contribution plans. Brad Vogt, American Funds portfolio manager and principal investment officer for American Funds Target Date Retirement Series® joined other investment professionals in an Asset TV Masterclass video to discuss target date funds, including:
Discussions about a target date series often center on the glide path. Less attention has been paid to the underlying equity and bond funds used within the glide path. In this video, Alan Berro — who helps oversee American Funds Target Date Retirement Series® — explains why the results of those underlying funds can dramatically affect investor outcomes.
Alan Berro, who helps oversee American Funds Target Date Retirement Series, discusses the importance of quality underlying funds in a target date series. The underlying investment strategies can dramatically affect outcomes for investors.
DEFINED CONTRIBUTION INSIGHTS | Wed Nov 01 23:17:00 PDT 2017
American Funds Target Date ProView℠ tool provides a fast, powerful online platform to help analyze and compare target date fund series for a defined contribution retirement plan. It also provides you, as a retirement plan intermediary, with a way to differentiate yourself and increase the value you can deliver to your clients.
DEFINED CONTRIBUTION INSIGHTS | Thu Nov 02 05:23:05 PDT 2017 | FEATURING Jeanell Novak & Rich Lang
In this video clip from the Asset TV Masterclass Best Practices for Defined Contribution Plan Design, American Funds senior retirement strategist John Doyle discusses how to measure investment success for a defined contribution plan:
In this Video from the Asset TV Masterclass, American Funds portfolio manager Jody Jonsson explains why it is important for a target date fund to be designed to build and protect wealth through retirement.
In its 2013 guidance on target date funds, the U.S. Department of Labor stressed the importance of thoroughly understanding a series’ asset allocation, fees and results. Yet evaluating target date funds can be complex given the diversity of offerings in the marketplace. An online tool, Target Date ProView℠, aims to make that process easier by providing insightful, objective data to compare target date series. In this video, Capital Group investment specialist Rich Lang and portfolio manager Wesley Phoa outline key criteria for evaluating target date funds and explain how Target Date ProView can help. Learn about:
American Funds Target Date Retirement Series® celebrated its 10-year anniversary this year. In this video, Jim Lovelace, member of the Portfolio Oversight Committee, and Rich Lang, target date investment specialist, share their thoughts on:
The Pension Protection Act took effect 10 years ago, leading to a surge of assets into target date funds. In this video, principal investment officer of American Funds Target Date Retirement Series® Brad Vogt shares his thoughts on what we’ve learned over the past 10 years, including:
DEFINED CONTRIBUTION INSIGHTS | June 2017
What have we learned about target date funds in the 10 years since the Pension Protection Act took effect, driving a surge in target date assets? Brad Vogt, principal investment officer of American Funds Target Date Retirement Series®, provides some insights to help plan sponsors and advisors evaluate target date funds. He discusses:
DEFINED CONTRIBUTION INSIGHTS | October 2016
Home bias (a significant over investment in one’s home country) has been a long-entrenched pattern in self-directed defined contribution (DC) plans. A decade of efforts by plan sponsors in the U.S., including the addition of international funds to retirement plan menus, has failed to successfully spur participants to increase their exposure to non-U.S. assets; the result is that participants are missing out on potentially attractive investment opportunities abroad, including in emerging markets. At the same time, plan sponsors are grappling with the phenomenon of choice overload, as more than a decade of behavioral finance research has shown that the expansion of menu options has proved overwhelming for participants, creating confusion and inertia.
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Investing outside the United States involves risks, such as currency fluctuations, periods of illiquidity and price volatility, as more fully described in the prospectus. These risks may be heightened in connection with investments in developing countries. Small-company stocks entail additional risks, and they can fluctuate in price more than larger company stocks.
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Each target date fund is composed of a mix of the American Funds and is subject to the risks and returns of the underlying funds. Underlying funds may be added or removed during the year. Although the target date funds are managed for investors on a projected retirement date time frame, the funds' allocation strategy does not guarantee that investors' retirement goals will be met. The target date is the year in which an investor is assumed to retire and begin taking withdrawals. American Funds investment professionals manage the target date fund's portfolio, moving it from a more growth-oriented strategy to a more income-oriented focus as the fund gets closer to its target date. Investment professionals continue to manage each fund for 30 years after it reaches its target date.
Because Class R-6 shares do not include any recordkeeping payments, expenses are lower and results are higher. Other share classes that include recordkeeping costs have higher expenses and lower results than Class R-6.
Investment results assume all distributions are reinvested and reflect applicable fees and expenses.
For the funds listed below, the investment adviser is currently reimbursing a portion of the funds' fees or expenses, without which the results would have been lower and net expenses higher.
- American Funds Corporate Bond Fund (through at least August 1, 2019)
- American Funds Retirement Income Portfolio - Moderate and American Funds Retirement Income Portfolio - Enhanced (through at least January 1, 2020)
- American Funds Emerging Markets Bond Fund and American Funds Strategic Bond Fund (through at least March 1, 2020)
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Past results are not predictive of results in future periods.
Capture ratios reflect the annualized product of fund vs. index returns for all months in which the index had a positive return (upside capture) or negative return (downside capture).