The Target Date 2015 Conservative folio was developed for investors who plan to retire on or around 2015 and who prefer to target less than average risk.
The Target Date folios are designed to provide investors with a diversified portfolio through their working and retirement years. Each folio maintains a strategic balance between expected return and risk. The expected risk of the Target Date folios decreases as the expected retirement date approaches. The expected risk levels continue to decrease in post-retirement in some cases.
Each Target Date folio is composed of ETFs in major asset classes such as stocks, bonds, and REITs, with additional asset class exposure that may include sector-specific, country-specific, and commodity asset classes. These allocations are reviewed periodically to maintain an appropriate diversified asset allocation as the target date approaches by increasing the conservative elements of the folio, thereby decreasing its overall risk level. Each folio also includes asset classes (again using ETFs) specifically selected to keep up with inflation, including inflation-indexed bonds and commodities.
The specific risk levels for a given Target Date folio are based on assumptions about an average investor at each of the 3 model risk levels of conservative, moderate and aggressive. One assumption is that an investor will invest in the specific Target Date folio during their working years, and not make any contributions to the folio after retirement. A second assumption is that the investor will draw an annual inflation-adjusted income from the folio in each year after the expected retirement date. Consequently, the folios are generally designed as investments to be held not only to the retirement date but also for many years thereafter, as opposed to as an investment to be cashed out on the retirement date.
The choice of the appropriate risk level (conservative, moderate, or aggressive) must be determined by the investor based on his or her specific needs and risk tolerance. The Moderate folio at a target date is designed for the investor who will remain invested to and then through retirement. The Conservative risk level is designed to be more appropriate for an investor who plans to remain invested through retirement, but who wants to maintain the possibility of liquidating their portfolio and annuitizing it at some point (either at retirement or later). The Aggressive risk level is designed to be more appropriate for an individual who has a high risk tolerance and who intends to remain invested for the long-term. These are only examples, and there are a variety of other reasons why an investor might choose between these 3 options.
Of course, and importantly, all investments carry risk. Even the Conservative Target Date folios carry significant investment risk, and the potential for material loss. In addition, during periods of increased volatility, all the Target Date folios may experience higher than average losses than would be explained by the risk/return characteristics of their allocations.
Last Updated: April 15, 2021
Category: Target Date
Inception Date: December 21, 2007
|Year to Date||4.04%||11.52%|
|1 Year Volatility||8.39%||18.84%|
* Returns reflect unfunded model performance from the Inception Date to the present. Your returns may deviate significantly from the values displayed here, due to many factors, including how long after a strategy has been updated that you place orders to update your holdings. No membership or trading fees (other than the indirect cost of the bid-ask spread applicable whenever a transaction is conducted) are included in reported performance.
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There are generally between 5 and 12 securities in the folio.
If the characteristics of the Folio have changed substantially, the securities included may change. Also, corporate actions, such as a merger, or other events may cause changes to the securities held at any time. Your returns may deviate significantly from the values displayed here, due to many factors, including how long after a folio has been updated that you place orders to update your holdings. RTGs are updated using market data from multiple sources including Zacks Investment Research ( www.zacks.com ), International Data Corporation (IDC) ( www.idc.com ), and other suppliers.