Target-date funds: embracing open architecture in retirement’s most important investment option
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by Andrew G. Arnott
President and CEO
John Hancock Investments
The adoption of target-date funds over the past decade has produced a range of benefits for DC plan participants, sponsors, and advisors.
Today, plan-level best practices call for an open-architecture, or multimanager, lineup of investment offerings, but that line of thinking rarely extends to target-date portfolio construction.
If open architecture is important, then perhaps more target-date funds should be open, incorporating a variety of specialized teams based on their merits rather than their firm affiliations.
With fiduciary standards and legal proceedings on the rise, isn’t it time that retirement’s most important investment option caught up with the best practices of plan design?
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