Harbor Target Retirement Funds Overview

What are the Harbor Target Retirement Funds?

In general, Target Date funds provide a relatively simple way to have your investment portfolio automatically change over time to become more conservative as you approach a certain target date.  They are especially useful for investors planning for retirement.

You may have heard before: if you have a long time to invest, you may want to invest more aggressively, accepting greater risk for greater chance of rewards over the long term.  But as you approach the time when you need to use your investment money, such as retirement, you'll likely want to reduce that investment risk in order to keep your retirement funds safe.  A Target Date fund attempts to do that for you, by investing in more conservative investments as the target date approaches.

The Harbor Target Retirement Funds are a group of mutual funds that provide this sort of portfolio management, but do so by investing in other Harbor equity, fixed income, strategic market and money market mutual funds. Because the Harbor Target Retirement Funds invest in other mutual funds, rather than in individual securities, each Target Retirement Fund is considered a "fund of funds".

Harbor Target Retirement Funds Portfolio Mix

While most of the Harbor Target Retirement Funds are designed for investors who are still approaching retirement age, the Harbor Target Retirement Income Fund is specifically designed for investors currently in retirement, and its investments are expected to remain relatively stable over time.

The other Harbor Target Retirement Funds are designed for investors who plan to retire close to the year indicated in the Funds' names.  As mentioned above, these funds' asset allocations will change, becoming more conservative over time, according to the Target Asset Allocation chart shown below. 

This chart shows the initial asset allocation for each of the Target Retirement Funds listed along the bottom of the chart.  As time goes by, the allocation will effectively shift to the right in this chart, reducing equity investments, and increasing fixed income and cash holdings.

Harbor Target Retirement Funds Target Asset Allocation

How to Choose a Harbor Target Retirement Fund?

Use your age, or the number of years before you expect to retire, and refer to the table below.  It shows which fund is designed for someone in your situation, and shows the initial portfolio allocation.  That allocation will change to become more conservative over time.

Who may want to invest in the Harbor Target Retirement Funds?

The Harbor Target Retirement Funds are intended for investors who prefer to allow Harbor to determine appropriate investment allocations to help meet their retirement needs. The  funds are designed to provide investment characteristics similar to an actively managed retirement portfolio:  diversified investments with changing allocations based on your age and investment timeframe.  Please note, however, that these funds are not able to take into account the other assets you may own.  Please carefully consider your entire portfolio and investment goals when determining whether or not to invest in a Harbor Target Retirement Fund.

Target Retirement Fund Risks

The performance and risks of each Target Retirement Fund will correspond directly to the performance and risks of the underlying Harbor funds in which each Target Retirement Fund invests. By investing in many underlying Harbor funds, the Target Retirement Funds will have partial exposure to the risks of many different market sectors and asset classes, any of which could cause an investor to lose money. The principal value of the Funds is not guaranteed at any time, including the target retirement date.

Learn more about Target Date Fund risks