The First Trust Target Date Funds are professionally managed, one-step portfolios geared toward a specific retirement date.
These funds may be helpful for retirement investors who want an easy and convenient alternative to choosing their own portfolio.
Three share classes of the First Trust Target Date Fund are currently offered to advisors and their plan sponsors.
For more information on any of these funds, click on the desired fund link below:
Target date funds are designed to help investors avoid some of the most common investment mistakes.Their features include:
According to the predetermined "glide path", each fund’s allocation between U.S. and non-U.S equities, U.S. and non-U.S. fixed income, and other investments
will change over time. As the illustration shows, each fund’s investment category mix becomes more conservative as time elapses. Once a fund reaches its most
conservative planned allocation, approximately nine years after its presumed retirement target date, its allocation to equities will remain fixed at approximately
15% of total assets and its allocation to other investments will remain fixed at approximately 4%. The remainder, 81% of assets, will be invested in fixed income
securities. As explained in detail in the fund’s fact sheet, when weighting the investment categories, the Sub-Advisor may, depending on market conditions,
deviate from the glide path weightings by up to 10%. For example, if an investment category weighting is 20% per the glide path, the Sub-Advisor may weight the
investment category between 18% and 22%.
Since transparency is a hallmark of First Trust, this Target Date Fund Allocation Table illustrates each fund’s allocation for each Target Date Fund.
The First Trust Collective Investment Funds are not mutual funds and their units are not deposits of the Trust, the Advisor, or the Sub-Advisor, and are not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other agency. The units are securities which have not been registered under the 1933 Act and the Fund is exempted from investment company registration under the 1940 Act. Therefore, participating plans and their participants will not be entitled to the protections under these Acts. As defined in the Declaration of Trust establishing the Fund, the Fund is available for investment by eligible qualified retirement plans only. Management of the Trust, however, is generally subject to the fiduciary duty and prohibited transaction rules under ERISA.
As with any investment, you can lose money by investing in the Fund. Before investing you should consider carefully the following risks that you assume when you invest in the Fund. For more information regarding the following risks, please consult the Fund's Information Statement.
Market Risk. A particular security owned by the Fund, units of the Fund or securities in general may fall in value. Securities are subject to market fluctuations caused by such factors as economic, political, regulatory or market developments. Small and/or mid capitalization companies may be more vulnerable to adverse general market or economic developments, and their securities may be less liquid and may experience greater price volatility than larger, more established companies.
Non-U.S. Securities Risk. The Fund invests in securities of non-U.S. issuers or ETFs that invest in non-U.S. issuers. Such securities are subject to higher volatility than securities of domestic issuers due to possible adverse political, social or economic developments; restrictions on foreign investment or exchange of securities; lack of liquidity; excessive taxation; government seizure of assets; different legal or accounting standards; and less government supervision and regulation of exchanges in foreign countries. These risks may be heightened for securities of companies located in, or with significant operations in, emerging market countries.
Inflation Protection Securities Risk. The Fund may invest in Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities ("TIPS") issued by the U.S. Department of Treasury or similar securities issued by foreign governments. In a falling inflationary environment, both interest payments and the value of the TIPS and other inflation-protected securities will decline.
Real Estate Investment Risk. The Fund invests in real estate companies, including real estate investment trusts ("REITs"). Investing in REITs involves certain other risks related to their structure and focus, which include, but are not limited to, dependency upon management skills, limited diversification, the risks of locating and managing financing for projects, heavy cash flow dependency, possible default by borrowers, the costs and potential losses of self-liquidation of one or more holdings, the risk of a possible lack of mortgage funds and associated interest rate risks, among others, which may result in less market liquidity and greater price volatility.
Interest Rate Risk. Increases in interest rates typically lower the present value of a REIT's future earnings stream, and may make financing property purchases and improvements more costly. Because the market price of REIT securities may change based upon investors' collective perceptions of future earnings, the value of REIT securities will generally decline when investors anticipate or experience rising interest rates. In addition, the Fund's investment in fixed-income securities subjects it to interest rate risk as the value of fixed-income securities generally declines as interest rates rise.
Credit Risk. Credit risk is the risk of nonpayment of scheduled interest and/or principal payments. The value of fixed-income securities is affected by the creditworthiness of the issuers and by general economic and specific industry conditions.
Income Risk. Income the Fund receives based on interest it earns from its investments can vary widely over the short- and long-term. If prevailing market interest rates drop, distribution rates of the Fund's portfolio holdings in debt securities may decline which then may adversely affect the Fund's overall value. The Fund's income also would likely be adversely affected when prevailing short-term interest rates increase.
Commodity Risk. The value of commodities and commodity-linked instruments typically is based upon the price movements of a physical commodity or an economic variable linked to such price movements. The prices of commodities and commodity-related investments may fluctuate quickly and dramatically and may not correlate to price movements in other asset classes. An active trading market may not exist for certain commodities. Each of these factors and events could have a significant negative impact on the Fund.
ETF and PIV Risk. The Fund invests in Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) and Pooled Investment Vehicles (PIVs) and therefore is subject to unique risks. Like securities or bonds, ETFs and PIVs carry market risk and could decline in value because of current events, supply and demand and other conditions that may affect the sector or group of industries the ETF and PIVs represents.
High-Yield Security Risk. High-yield, high-risk securities are subject to greater market fluctuations and risk of loss than securities with higher investment ratings. The value of these securities will decline significantly with increases in interest rates, not only because increases in rates generally decrease values, but also because increased rates may indicate an economic slowdown. An economic slowdown, or a reduction in an issuer's creditworthiness, may result in the issuer being unable to maintain earnings at a level sufficient to maintain interest and principal payments. Because high-yield securities are generally subordinated obligations and are perceived by investors to be riskier than higher rated securities, their prices tend to fluctuate more than higher rated securities and are affected by short-term credit developments to a greater degree. The market for high-yield securities is smaller and less liquid than that for investment grade securities. Due to the smaller, less liquid market for high-yield securities, the bid-offer spread on such securities is generally greater than it is for investment grade securities and the purchase or sale of such securities may take longer to complete.
Senior Loan Risk. Senior Loan securities are subject to numerous risks, including credit risk, interest rate risk, income risk and prepayment risk. Senior floating rate loans are usually rated below investment grade but may also be unrated. As a result, the risks associated with these loans are similar to the risks of high yield fixed income instruments. Credit risk is the risk that an issuer of a security will be unable or unwilling to make dividend, interest and/or principal payments when due and the related risk that the value of a security may decline because of concerns about the issuer's ability to make such payments. Credit risk may be heightened for senior loans because companies that issue loans tend to be highly leveraged and thus are more susceptible to the risks of interest deferral, default and/or bankruptcy. Interest rate risk is the risk that if interest rates rise, the prices of the fixed-rate instruments held by the fund may fall. Income risk is the risk that if interest rates fall, the income from the fund's portfolio will decline as the fund intends to hold floating- rate debt that will adjust lower with falling interest rates. Prepayment risk is the risk that an issuer of a loan may exercise its right to pay principal on an obligation earlier than expected. This may result in the fund reinvesting proceeds at lower interest rates, resulting in a decline in the Fund's income.
An investment in this fund is not guaranteed, and you may experience losses, including losses near, at, or after the target date. There is no guarantee that the Fund will provide adequate income at and through your retirement.
Target Date Funds, like any investment, should be selected based on factors in addition to age or retirement date, including the investor's risk tolerance, personal circumstances and complete financial situation. As a plan participant whose balance may have been invested in a QDIA (Qualified Default Investment Alternative), you have the right to direct this investment to any other investment alternative under the plan, subject to any fees or limitation that may apply to such transfer under the plan.
Plan sponsors and participants should consider each Fund's investment objective, risks, charges and expenses carefully before investing. Contact your financial advisor,
visit www.ftportfolios.com, or call First Trust Portfolios L.P. at 877-937-4015 to request an Information Statement, which contains this and other information about the Funds.
Read it carefully before you invest.