A recent Plansponsor article talks about the need for custom TDFs, as they can bring diversification and less risk for vast participant demographics. Plan sponsors may want to consider custom TDFs for two reasons. 

  1. They want to continue to use a manager from their core investment lineup in their TDF. 
  2. A plan sponsor is not finding a glide path in off-the-shelf products that they feel meets the needs of their participant demographic. 

In this article, our Mike Swann and Jake Tsudy weigh in on the potential benefits customization can bring.

Read the full article here

Legal Note

Glide path: A formula that defines the asset allocation mix of a target-date fund, based on the number of years to the target date.

TDF: Target-date funds.

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