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Stylized guinea pig aka tribble-ish animal You could liken the explosive target-date fund movement to that of Star Trek’s tribbles. Not only does everyone seem to adore TDFs, but they may very well consume the 401(k) plan industry. But are TDFs really the “right” thing to do? (Photo: Shutterstock)

In “The Trouble with Tribbles,” one of the most popular Star Trek episodes, Captain Kirk had a perplexing challenge: He needed to solve the problem of the tribble. Tribbles were a guinea pig-like ball of fur that everyone loved, and that seemed to multiply exponentially – to the point where they nearly overwhelmed the ship.

Christopher Carosa


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