based on the specific retirement date (target date) included in its name and assumes a retirement age of 65. The target date refers to the approximate year an investor in the fund would plan to retire and likely would stop making new investments in the fund. The fund is designed for an investor who anticipates retiring at or about the year 2035 and plans to withdraw the value of the investor's account in the fund gradually after retirement. As described below, the adviser will continue to modify the fund's target asset allocation for 20 years beyond the target date.
The fund's target asset allocation will be adjusted annually based on the adviser's asset allocation strategy; however, the adviser reserves the right to modify the fund's target asset allocations from time to time should circumstances warrant a change. In general, the fund's allocation to equity securities will decrease and its allocation to fixed-income securities will increase as the fund approaches its target date. The fund's asset allocation as of February 1, 2021 (the most recent annual adjustment of the fund's target asset allocations) was approximately 71.6% equity securities, 26.4% fixed-income securities, and 2.0% cash and cash equivalents (including money market funds). At the stated target date, the fund's allocation will be approximately 40.0% equity securities, 56.0% fixed-income securities, and 4.0% cash and cash equivalents (including money market funds). The fund will continue to reduce its allocation to equity securities for 20 years beyond the fund's stated target date. At such time, the fund's asset allocation will remain fixed at approximately 25.0% equity securities, 69.0% fixed-income securities, and 6.0% cash and cash equivalents (including money market funds).
In addition to the strategic annual adjustment of the fund's target asset allocation, the adviser may adjust the fund's underlying fund allocations within a particular asset class based on the following considerations, including, but not limited to, market trends, its outlook for a given market capitalization, and the underlying funds' performance in various market conditions. Accordingly, the fund's allocation to a particular underlying fund may increase or decrease throughout the year. Within the equity asset class, the fund will have exposure to one or more 'style classes.' For example, the style classes include domestic large-cap equity, domestic small-cap equity, and international equity. The adviser may adjust the fund's allocation to a particular style class based on the following considerations: market trends, its outlook for a given style class, and the style classes' performance in various market conditions. Accordingly, the fund's allocation to a particular style class within the equity asset class may increase or decrease throughout the year.
The fund intends to invest in a combination of underlying funds; however, the fund may invest directly in equity and fixed-income securities and money market securities. For temporary defensive purposes during unusual economic or market conditions or for liquidity purposes, the fund may invest up to 100% of its assets directly in cash, money market instruments, repurchase agreements and other short-term obligations. When the fund engages in such activities, it may not achieve its investment objective.
You may experience losses in the fund, including losses before, at, or after the target date. There is no guarantee that the fund will
be able to achieve its objective or provide adequate income at and through your retirement.
The fund is subject to risks, any of which could cause an investor to lose money. The fund's principal risks include:
Asset Allocation Risk. The fund is subject to the risk that the selection of the underlying funds and the allocation of the fund's assets among the various asset classes and market segments may cause the fund to underperform other funds with a similar investment objective.
Conflicts of Interest Risk. The investment adviser's authority to select and substitute underlying funds from a variety of affiliated and unaffiliated mutual funds and ETFs may create a conflict of interest because the fees paid to it and its affiliates by some underlying funds are higher than the fees paid by other underlying funds. The investment adviser also may have an incentive to select an affiliated underlying fund for other reasons, including to increase assets under management or to support new investment strategies. In addition, other conflicts of interest may exist where the best interests of the affiliated underlying fund may not be aligned with those of the fund. However, the investment adviser is a fiduciary to the fund and is legally obligated to act in the fund's best interests when selecting underlying funds.
Market Risk. Financial markets rise and fall in response to a variety of factors, sometimes rapidly and unpredictably. Markets may be impacted by economic, political, regulatory and other conditions, including economic sanctions and other government actions. In addition, the occurrence of global events, such as war, terrorism, environmental disasters, natural disasters and epidemics, may also negatively affect the financial markets. As with any investment whose performance is tied to these markets, the value of an investment in the fund will fluctuate, which means that an investor could lose money over short or long periods.
ETF Risk. When the fund invests in an ETF, it will bear a proportionate share of the ETF's expenses. In addition, lack of liquidity in the market for an ETF's shares can result in its value being more volatile than the underlying portfolio of securities.
Direct Investment Risk. The fund may invest directly in cash, cash equivalents and equity and fixed-income securities, including money market securities, to maintain its allocations. The fund's direct investment in these securities is subject to the same or similar risks as an underlying fund's investment in the same securities.
Underlying Fund Investment Risk. Before investing in the fund, investors should assess the risks associated with the underlying funds in which the fund may invest, which include any combination of the risks described below.
Investment Risk. The fund may experience losses with respect to its investment in an underlying fund. Further, there is no guarantee that an underlying fund will be able to achieve its objective.
Fixed-Income Risk. Interest rates rise and fall over time, which will affect an underlying fund's yield and share price. A change in a central bank's monetary policy or economic conditions,