Target date funds, which are supposed to limit portfolio risk as their end date approaches, have...

|By:, SA News Editor

Target date funds, which are supposed to limit portfolio risk as their end date approaches, have been singled out by the SEC's Mary Schapiro as not sufficiently warning investors about possible downside risks. In 2008, funds dated "2010" lost 24% on average, despite investor assumptions the funds would be heavily invested in bonds so close to their end date.