Evaluate Your Target-Date Fund

Here is how to get your retirement plan back on track in 2009


Target-date funds are designed to automatically shift investments to become more conservative as you age. But these fix-it-and-forget-it funds are hardly one size fits all. A Watson Wyatt analysis of various target-date funds showed that allocations to equities for employees 10 years from retirement varied widely—from 40 percent to 80 percent. And on the day of retirement, equity allocations ranged from 20 to 65 percent. Ask your plan administrator how much of your fund is invested in the stock market at various ages. If that's not a level of risk you can live with, pick a different fund.

More New Year's resolutions for retirement:

Delay retirement

Put off claiming Social Security

Get your 401(k) match

Avoid early withdrawals

Scrutinize 401(k) fees

Determine your risk tolerance

Rebalance your portfolio

Pay off your mortgage

Get a pension


Bump up your contributions

More money-related New Year’s resolutions