14 October 2008

Life-Cycle Funds - no Autopilot to Success

These funds allocate their assets to a mix of underlying funds based on some parameters like the age or risk tolerance of an investor.
In recent years they have become increasingly popular with pension fund investors that are enrolled in defined contribution pension schemes and want to avoid having to make their own investment decisions on a regular basis.
Lifecycle funds - or their underlying investment rationale - can be of interest to the substantial independent investor as well as any financial plan should always take the age of the investor into account.
PBA helps you to look behind the label of the product. Not all lifecycle funds are the same as their allocation to various asset classes can vary substantially from provider to provider. The allocation may at times be totally unsuitable to the needs of the investor.