Target-date funds from T. Rowe Price, Principal Investors and Fidelity are the best, according to analysis of target-date funds by Lipper. On the other hand, those from Wells Fargo, MassMutual and NestEgg were on the bottom.

Lipper analyzed 30 target-date funds designed for people planning to retire in 2030 and ranked them by performance over the past 12 quarters ended this past September.

“Clearly, there is more to choosing a target-date fund than using a ranking based on past performance, but our rankings are a good way to winnow the large group of possible target-date funds to a more manageable handful,” said Lipper Research Director Andrew Clark.

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