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Why is picking investments in your retirement savings plan so hard?

Maybe it's because the challenge keeps changing as we age. Luckily, a popular solution has emerged to help make retirement investing easier. Target Date Funds provide an appropriate mix of equities and fixed income no matter where you are in your life path—and better yet—they do it for you automatically

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    Why is picking investments in your retirement savings plan so hard? Maybe it's because the challenge keeps changing. When we're young, we're risk takers – or at least we can be when we have years ahead of us to smooth out the typical ups and downs of the equity markets. But when we get older and we can actually imagine ourselves reaching retirement one day, we need to rein in the risk and start protecting our savings.

    But how do we know when to rein in the risk? That's what target date funds seek to do automatically. They offer an appropriate mix of equities and fixed income no matter where you are on your life path from the start of your career until well into your retirement years – whether you're ready to retire, in mid-career or even if you're too young to imagine what retirement might be like. Target date funds can make retirement investing easier. Talk to your financial advisor or employer today about how you can incorporate target date funds into your retirement savings plan.

Investing in target date funds involves risk including loss of principal. The target date in the name of the fund is the approximate date when an investor plans to start withdrawing money. The blend of investments in each portfolio are determined by an asset allocation process that seeks to maximize assets based on an investor's investment time horizon and tolerance for risk. Typically, the strategic asset mix in each portfolio systematically rebalances at varying intervals and becomes more conservative (less equity exposure) overtime as investors move closer to the target date. The principal value of a fund is not guaranteed at any time, including at the target date.

Investment strategies such as diversification do not ensure a profit and cannot protect against losses in a falling market.

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