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Target date funds have grown quickly since coming on the scene almost three decades ago. The multitrillion-dollar industry came under Congressional scrutiny recently when the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions asked the Government Accountability Office to review these funds.

Many see this type of review as important,as TDFs have become a common default investment in defined contribution plans. Critics worry that their strategies, which tend toward “set it and forget it,” could underperform, or that there is too much risk in these funds as participants get closer to retirement.

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