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Both Consumer Reports and The Wall Street Journal have recently reported target-date funds (TDFs) continued to underperform in 2011. Moreover, when parsing the data from 2011, it looks like TDF portfolio managers ignored the lessons of 2008. Once again, TDFs with near-term or expired targets (i.e., 2010) lost money when the markets tanked in the third quarter. Although many advisers, as cited in “401k Plan Sponsor Concern: Target Date Funds Still Broke,” (FiduciaryNews, January 10, 2012), question when TDFs will finally get their act together, they’re not ready to throw in the towel on them yet.

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