Mutual Funds Weekly: How your target-date retirement fund may be missing the mark

Don’t miss these top money and investing features:

  • 5 ways target-date funds let investors down
  • Should you have your entire 401(k) in a target-date fund?
  • The Democrats took the House, and here’s what that means for your retirement
  • These investors see U.S. stock market headed to a strong 2018 finish

Target-date retirement funds are the default choice for many retirement savers. These one-stop, all-weather offerings are straightforward, easy options — but with a bit of extra effort, investors can get more diversity and potential return from an investment portfolio.

Read about the limitations of target-date funds and alternatives for your specific needs and goals. Then, check out other retirement-investing tips, how the midterm-election results could affect your portfolio, and why one group of savvy investors expects U.S. stocks to deliver solid upside through year-end.

— Jonathan Burton

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