With the average target-date fund down 17% in 2008, investors might think twice about what has been one of the best-selling fund categories of the past few years, MarketWatch reports.
The riskiest target-date funds fell right in step with the overall market, giving up an average 39.8% of assets. And not a single one of the 264 target-date funds on the market had a positive return, according to Ibbotson. In total, declines ranged from 3.6% to 44.5%.
Performance was especially disturbing for those target-date funds for those about to retire. Of the 31 funds targeted to 2010 as a retirement date, losses ranged from 3.5% to 41.3%.