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LOS ANGELES, June 1, 2016 – American Funds, a family of mutual funds from Capital Group, one of the world’s leading investment management firms, announced today that it has launched Target Date ProView℠, a new interactive target date fund evaluation tool that aligns with the Department of Labor’s 2013 guidance for retirement plan fiduciaries. It is available for financial professionals with participating dealers at https://www.americanfunds.com/proview
ProView is designed to help financial intermediaries efficiently compare and contrast different target date funds through unbiased evaluation. It is a quantitative, web-based tool powered by Morningstar® data that focuses on the most widely used factors for consideration, which include glide path, returns, risk, expenses and manager & fund profiles. The interface is mobile-friendly and allows users to easily generate tailored, unbranded reports for client presentations.
ProView is a powerful platform for the objective evaluation of target date funds, which are a fast-growing investment solution within the U.S. retirement landscape:
“We strongly believe in the importance of objective target date fund evaluation,” said Bill Anderson, Director of Institutional Retirement Product Management at American Funds. “We built ProView to offer market professionals a powerful and user-friendly way to help satisfy their fiduciary responsibilities, which includes ongoing evaluation and documentation.”
Capital Group recently surveyed retirement plan advisors, plan sponsors and consultants to determine how and with what frequency target date funds are evaluated by those who consider themselves to be fiduciaries. Of the 691 respondents:
In addition to streamlining the evaluation process, ProView differentiates itself in the marketplace by offering a “traditional view” and a “deeper view” into target date fund metrics. The “traditional view” allows users to view and display the metrics most commonly used in the industry, while the “deeper view” allows for more in-depth evaluation of the data.
“We have received enthusiastic feedback from financial intermediaries who have seen ProView,” notes Mr. Anderson. “They specifically like that the tool is easy to use and offers a ‘deeper view’ into target date fund analysis.”
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