When budgeting for expenses, most people start with income, matching up what they expect to earn with what they would like to spend. Having a good estimate of future income makes planning much easier. But what about planning for retirement?

Think of the primary goal of retirement savings as having a steady stream of income throughout retirement. With that in mind, the main challenge of retirement planning is managing the uncertainty of future income. A good solution should take into account the investment risks that affect retirement income, such as rising inflation and changes in interest rates.

Each Dimensional Target Date Retirement Income Fund® is a professionally managed fund designed to offer a convenient, long-term solution for investors who expect to retire in or around a particular year.

Dimensional Target Date Retirement Income Funds


Learn more about the risks that can affect retirement income and how Dimensional’s Target Date Retirement Income Funds are designed to manage those risks.

Asset Allocation over Time

Dimensional Target Date Income Fund series of portfolios are designed to be diversified across a mix of asset classes that include stocks and bonds. Over time, the investment emphasis shifts from income growth to income risk management.

Assumptions used by Dimensional in developing the funds’ asset allocation glide path may not be in line with future capital market returns and participant savings activities, which could result in losses near, at, or after the target date year.


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Target Date Funds are designed to target a year in which an investor may withdraw funds for retirement or other purposes. Investments in target date funds are subject to the risks of their underlying funds, and asset allocations are subject to change over time in accordance with each fund’s prospectus. An investment in or retirement income from a target date portfolio is not guaranteed at any time, including on or after the target date. An investment in a target date portfolio does not eliminate the need for investors to decide—before investing and periodically thereafter—whether the portfolio fits their financial situation. For more information, please refer to the prospectus.

There is no guarantee this investment strategy will be successful and it is possible to lose money with this investment. Investments in stocks and bonds are subject to risk of economic, political, and issuer-specific events that cause the value of these securities to fluctuate. Fixed income securities are subject to increased loss of principal during periods of rising interest rates and may be subject to various other risks, including changes in credit quality, liquidity, prepayments, and other factors. Inflation-protected securities may react differently from other debt securities to changes in interest rates.

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