Slideshow Top target-date funds for newbies

Published
  • May 09 2018, 3:40pm EDT

Retirement planning probably isn’t top of mind for many 20-year-olds, but if they can be persuaded to save, they have the greatest investment ally on their side: Time.

Indeed, with retirement many decades away, they are in a position to fully harness the power of compounding, says Greg McBride, chief financial analyst at Bankrate. The challenge is that younger millennials’ prefer cash above all other investments even for long-term horizons (and their zeal for cash exceeds all other generations), McBride says, citing Bankrate’s research.

To truly glean the benefits of time, investors need to be compounding the “higher rates of return that come from the stock market.” He says target-date funds would be an appropriate choice since they are heavily allocated to equities in the early career years. “Saving is one thing, but stashing long-term money in overly conservative investments will leave risk-averse investors well short of where they need to be in their golden years,” he adds.

To that end, we collected the highest-performing target-date funds over the past year with expected retirement set far in the future: 2060 (or later). They largely mirrored the broader market, turning in an average return of 12.7% for the past 12 months

Scroll through to see the top-performing target-date funds with a retirement date of 2060 or later. We also included the year-to-date returns, assets and expense ratios for each fund. (Expenses ratios are always key, but especially when an investor might be holding a fund for many years.) We also lowered our usual AUM threshold to consider funds with at least $10 million in assets (typically, our minimum threshold is $100 million.) All data from Morningstar Direct.

20. American Century One Choice 2060 R6 (ARGDX)

YTD Returns: 1.09%
1-Yr. Returns: 11.83%
Expense Ratio: 0.57%
Total Assets (millions): $80.18

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19. Schwab Target 2060 Index (SWYNX)

YTD Returns: 0.17%
1-Yr. Returns: 11.84%
Expense Ratio: 0.08%
Total Assets (millions): $23.63

18. Fidelity Freedom Index 2060 Investor (FDKLX)

YTD Returns: 0.41%
1-Yr. Returns: 12.04%
Expense Ratio: 0.15%
Total Assets (millions): $163.80

17. BlackRock LifePath Index 2060 K (LIZKX)

YTD Returns: 0.20%
1-Yr. Returns: 12.14%
Expense Ratio: 0.11%
Total Assets (millions): $101.47

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16. Vanguard Target Retirement 2060 Inv (VTTSX)

YTD Returns: 0.46%
1-Yr. Returns: 12.22%
Expense Ratio: 0.15%
Total Assets (millions): $2,793.58

15. Vanguard Instl Trgt Retire 2060 Instl (VILVX)

YTD Returns: 0.46%
1-Yr. Returns: 12.26%
Expense Ratio: 0.09%
Total Assets (millions): $1,213.25

14. State Street Target Retirement 2060 K (SSDYX)

YTD Returns: 0.00%
1-Yr. Returns: 12.32%
Expense Ratio: 0.13%
Total Assets (millions): $17.72

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13. T. Rowe Price Target 2060 (TRTFX)

YTD Returns: 1.39%
1-Yr. Returns: 12.38%
Expense Ratio: 0.75%
Total Assets (millions): $14.50

12. T. Rowe Price Retirement 2060 (TRRLX)

YTD Returns: 1.41%
1-Yr. Returns: 12.48%
Expense Ratio: 0.74%
Total Assets (millions): $480.93

11. MassMutual RetireSMART 2060 I (MMWIX)

YTD Returns: 0.88%
1-Yr. Returns: 12.49%
Expense Ratio: 0.52%
Total Assets (millions): $13.70

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10. Fidelity Freedom 2060 (FDKVX)

YTD Returns: 0.65%
1-Yr. Returns: 12.571%
Expense Ratio: 0.75%
Total Assets (millions): $860.83

9. T. Rowe Price Retirement I 2060 I (TRPLX)

YTD Returns: 1.44%
1-Yr. Returns: 12.572%
Expense Ratio: 0.60%
Total Assets (millions): $137.60

8. JHancock Multimanager 2060 Lifetime R6 (JESRX)

YTD Returns: 0.97%
1-Yr. Returns: 12.67%
Expense Ratio: 0.58%
Total Assets (millions): $44.89

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7. KP Retirement Path 2060 Institutional (KPRJX)

YTD Returns: 0.75%
1-Yr. Returns: 12.69%
Expense Ratio: 0.46%
Total Assets (millions): $28.54

6. TIAA-CREF Lifecycle Index 2060 Instl (TVIIX)

YTD Returns: 0.65%
1-Yr. Returns: 12.71%
Expense Ratio: 0.10%
Total Assets (millions): $78.22

5. MainStay Retirement 2060 I (MYSSX)

YTD Returns: 0.77%
1-Yr. Returns: 13.09%
Expense Ratio: 0.84%
Total Assets (millions): $10.07

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4. Dimensional 2060 Target Dt Rtr Inc Instl (DRILX)

YTD Returns: 0.47%
1-Yr. Returns: 13.13%
Expense Ratio: 0.27%
Total Assets (millions): $11.27

3. Principal LifeTime 2060 Institutional (PLTZX)

YTD Returns: 1.20%
1-Yr. Returns: 13.73%
Expense Ratio: 0.75%
Total Assets (millions): $270.74

2. American Funds 2060 Trgt Date Retire R5 (REMTX)

YTD Returns: 1.61%
1-Yr. Returns: 14.11%
Expense Ratio: 0.50%
Total Assets (millions): $806.12

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1. TIAA-CREF Lifecycle 2060 Institutional (TLXNX)

YTD Returns: 1.27%
1-Yr. Returns: 14.60%
Expense Ratio: 0.45%
Total Assets (millions): $93.79