Defined contribution (DC) plans are the primary retirement planning vehicle for many American workers, and target date funds (TDFs) are often popular for DC participants who want to leave the management and monitoring of their portfolios to a professional investment manager. 

This article is designed to help plan sponsors who want to understand the best practices for evaluating and managing target date funds and managed accounts, in order to offer the right DC plan for their employees. Discussion topics include:

  • All TDFs are not the same – there is more to selecting a TDF than just choosing a glidepath
  • Follow the Department of Labor (DOL) road – the DOL suggests six steps to follow
  • Avoid false choices – managed accounts options


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