The GoalPath Portfolios are designed to manage risks that face retirement plan investors when it comes to replacing their income. The GoalPath Portfolios take into account the transfer of human capital (current and future earnings power) to financial capital (retirement savings) over time. As retirement approaches, the Goalpath Portfolios recognize this shifting risk and gradually change their asset allocation, holding more growth-focused assets (stocks and bonds) when an investor is many years away and more inflation protected hedged income securities (TIPS) as the target retirement date approaches. Conceptually, you can think of this process as systematically investing and accumulating “slices of retirement income”— a stream of inflation-adjusted annual income throughout retirement. By seeking to manage the relevant risks, we aim to increase clarity for investors as they plan for retirement, and to enable the delivery of meaningful information to help participants and plan sponsors better assess retirement readiness.
As investors reach for return by making active bets against the index, they face a variety of tradeoffs: the opportunity for greater return is exchanged for an increase in risk and fees. In addition, the strength of the underlying evidence supporting the investment strategy becomes weaker and the success rate, as measured by the percentage of funds beating the index, also falls.