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The truth about target-date funds
Can you really just set it and forget it?
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Let’s say you are fortunate enough to go to see a ballgame at Fenway Park on a sunny spring afternoon. Sometime in the middle of the third inning that beautiful sunshine has made you thirsty, so you head to the concession deck for a refreshing beverage. When you get there you notice that only Coca-Cola products are available. In fact, the concession stand is called Coca-Cola Corner.
This sponsorship is one of the longest in sports history, dating back to the park’s opening in 1912, according to team officials. Coca-Cola renewed their contract with Fenway Park in 2008 for an undisclosed amount – but you can bet it was a pretty penny.
The target-date fund available in your 401(k) is a little like Coke’s availability at Fenway Park – it came at a price. Now you may like Coke (target-date fund), and may not mind paying more for the convenience. But maybe a different brand or product would suit you and your financial situation a bit better.
Learn more about your target-date funds and make informed decisions so that when your retirement day comes, it’ll be a walk in the park.
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