Target Date Strategies - J.P. Morgan Asset Management

Target Date Strategies

When you know the facts, he's one step closer to his retirement goals.

JPMorgan SmartRetirement® is built to withstand a range of market cycles and conditions. Two decades of research and the behavioral data of millions of participants fuel our investment decisions, which helps more people cross the retirement finish line.

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A range of solutions to solve for a variety of needs

Our target date series can be delivered in a variety of different vehicles, as well as custom glide path solutions


FACT: 10% of participants over age 59 1/2 withdraw, on average 55% of their assets

We maintain a lower risk profile near retirement to protect against market volatility

FACT: 72% of participants are no longer in the plan 3 years into retirement

Our glide path is static at and post retirement to account for high levels of cash flow volatility


Source: J.P. Morgan retirement research, 2015-2017

FACT: 19% of participants borrow on average, of 20% of their 401(k)

Our volatility controls help manage the amplifying impact borrowing has on an individuals’ long-term success

Our balanced approach to risk management focuses on growth early-on, then shifts to savings retention before and during retirement

Chart source: J.P. Morgan Asset Management. Diversification and asset allocation do not guarantee investment returns and do not eliminate the risk of loss. For illustrative purposes only.

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1 Source: Morningstar; as of 9/30/19. Based on percentile rankings for the R6 share class of each vintage in JPMorgan SmartRetirement Funds series with a 10-year track record versus their relevant Morningstar target date category. Different share classes may have different rankings. Rankings do not take sales load into account. Excludes the SmartRetirement 2055 and 2060 Funds which are not yet ranked for the 10-year period.
2 Source: Morningstar, US Fund Target Date categories. Analyst rating as of 3/15/19; applies to SmartRetirement and SmartRetirement Blend mutual funds only.

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Target Date Funds

Target date funds are funds with the target date being the approximate date when investors plan to start withdrawing their money. Generally, the asset allocation of each fund will change on an annual basis with the asset allocation becoming more conservative as the fund nears the target retirement date. The principal value of the fund(s) is not guaranteed at any time, including at the target date.

Risks Associated with Investing in the Funds

Certain underlying J.P. Morgan Funds may invest in foreign/emerging market securities, small capitalization securities and/or high-yield fixed income instruments. There may be unique risks associated with investing in these types of securities. International investing involves increased risk and volatility due to possibilities of currency exchange rate volatility, political, social or economic instability, foreign taxation and differences in auditing and other financial standards. The Fund may invest a portion of its securities in small-cap stocks. Small-capitalization funds typically carry more risk than stock funds investing in well-established "blue-chip" companies since smaller companies generally have a higher risk of failure. Historically, smaller companies' stock has experienced a greater degree of market volatility than the average stock. Securities rated below investment grade are called "high yield bonds," "non-investment grade bonds," "below investment-grade bonds," or "junk bonds." They generally are rated in the fifth or lower rating categories of Standard & Poor's and Moody's Investor Service. Although these securities tend to provide higher yields than higher rated securities, there is a greater risk that the Fund's share price will decline. Real estate funds may be subject to a higher degree of market risk because of concentration in a specific industry, sector or geographical sector. Real estate funds may be subject to risks including, but not limited to, declines in the value of real estate, risks related to general and economic conditions, changes in the value of the underlying property owned by the trust and defaults by borrower.

There may be additional fees or expenses associated with investing in a Fund of Funds strategy.


Index returns are for illustrative purposes only. Mutual funds and ETFs have fees that reduce their performance; indexes do not. You cannot invest directly in an index.

The S&P Target Date Index Series reflects exposure to various asset classes included in target date funds driven by a survey of such funds for each particular target date. These asset class exposures are represented by indices of securities in the index calculation. Prior to May 31, 2017 the asset class exposures were represented by ETFs net of fees. The Index returns are calculated on a daily basis.


The Morningstar Rating,TM for funds, or "star rating", is calculated for managed products (including mutual funds, variable annuity and variable life subaccounts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, and separate accounts) with at least a three-year history. Exchange traded funds and open-ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. It is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product's monthly excess performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of products in each product category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating for a managed product is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. The weights are: 100% three-year rating for 36-59 months of total returns, 60% five-year rating/40% three-year rating for 60-119 months of total returns, and 50% 10- year rating/30% five-year rating/20% three-year rating for 120 or more months of total returns. While the 10-year overall star rating formula seems to give the most weight to the 10-year period, the most recent three-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods. Rankings do not take sales loads into account.

Some of Morningstar's proprietary calculations, including the Morningstar RatingTM, are not customarily calculated based on adjusted historical returns. However, for new share classes/channels, Morningstar may calculate an extended performance Morningstar Rating. The extended performance is calculated by adjusting the historical total returns of the oldest share class of a fund to reflect the fee structure of the younger share class/channel, attaching this data to the younger share class' performance record, and then compounding the adjusted plus actual monthly returns into the extended performance Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return for the three-, five-, and 10-year time periods. The Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Returns are used to determine the extended performance Morningstar Rating. The extended performance Morningstar Rating for this fund does not affect the retail fund data published by Morningstar, as the bell curve distribution on which the ratings are based includes only funds with actual returns. The Overall Morningstar Rating for multi-share funds is based on actual performance only or extended performance only. Once the share class turns three years old, the Overall Morningstar Rating will be based on actual ratings only. The Overall Morningstar Rating for multi-share variable annuities is based on a weighted average of any ratings that are available.

While the inclusion of pre-inception data, in the form of extended performance, can provide valuable insight into the probable long-term behavior of newer share classes of a fund, investors should be aware that an adjusted historical return can only provide an approximation of that behavior. For example, the fee structures of a retail share class will vary from that of an institutional share class, as retail shares tend to have higher operating expenses and sales charges. These adjusted historical returns are not actual returns. The underlying investments in the share classes used to calculate the pre-performance string will likely vary from the underlying investments held in the fund after inception. Calculation methodologies utilized by Morningstar may differ from those applied by other entities, including the fund itself.

The Morningstar Analyst Rating is not a credit or risk rating. It is a subjective evaluation performed by the manager research analysts of Morningstar. Morningstar evaluates funds based on five key pillars: process, performance, people, parent and price. Analysts use this five-pillar evaluation to determine how they believe funds are likely to perform over the long term on a risk-adjusted basis. They consider quantitative and qualitative factors in their research, and the weighting of each pillar may vary. The Analyst Rating scale is Gold, Silver, Bronze, Neutral, Negative. A Morningstar Analyst Rating of Gold, Silver or Bronze reflects an Analyst’s conviction in a fund’s prospects for outperformance. Analyst Ratings are continuously monitored and reevaluated at least every 14 months.

For more detailed information about Morningstar’s Analyst Rating, including its methodology, please go to The Morningstar Analyst Rating should not be used as the sole basis in evaluating a mutual fund. Morningstar Analyst Ratings involve unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause Morningstar’s expectations not to occur or to differ significantly from what we expected.