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It’s not news to say there’s a problem with target date funds (see “Are Target Date Funds a Ticking Time Bomb?FiduciaryNews.com, Feb. 10, 2015). What might be more interesting to discuss, though, is just what will eventually replace these Rube Goldberg investments.

Sooner or later, the market will experience one of its customary dramatic pullbacks. When that happens, target date funds will come tumbling down like so many Jills after Jack. Retirement saver will cry, consumer advocates will cry “foul,” and regulator will simply foul things up per usual. 

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