American Century Unveils Four Target Date Offerings

June 2, 2008 ( - American Century Investments has rolled out four target-date LIVESTRONG Portfolios, the company announced.

An American Century news release said the nine LIVE STRONG Portfolios now include target dates in five-year intervals from 2015 to 2050. The latest funds are LIVE STRONG 2020, 2030, 2040, and 2050 Portfolios and join the existing line up: LIVE STRONG 2015, 2025, 2035, 2045 Portfolios and LIVE STRONG Income, the announcement said.

The same fund-of-funds structure, objective, and strategy that apply to the management of the existing portfolios also apply to the new portfolios.

“The new funds will employ the same glide path as the existing funds with a range of underlying funds and rebalance each year until the participants reach their anticipated year of retirement,  said Jeffrey Tyler, American Century Investments senior vice president and senior portfolio manager of the LIVE STRONG Portfolios, in the announcement. Our clients have asked us for this added flexibility and we re pleased to propose such a selection for investors with a long-term horizon. Our objectives are to offer investors diversification and an increased opportunity to meet their investment goals and stay on course.

In addition to Tyler, a 21-year American Century veteran, the portfolio management team for LIVE STRONG  Portfolios includes Irina Torelli, who joined the company in 1997. Tyler and Torelli also oversee American Century s other asset allocation funds: three Strategic Allocation funds, the five One Choice Portfolios, and multiple target-date portfolios available through the Kansas Learning Quest 529 Education Savings Program.

According to the company, LIVE STRONG Portfolios are designed to reallocate from a capital appreciation focus to a more conservative one as the target date approaches. The LIVE STRONG Income Portfolio is for retirement investors seeking current income with some growth potential.

The five portfolios invest in up to 14 different funds and provide exposure to specialty strategies such as real estate, emerging markets, international bonds, and inflation-indexed bonds.

The standard fund minimum is $2,500, although for a traditional or Roth IRA, American Century will waive the fund minimum for an initial investment of at least $500 and subsequent enlistment in automatic monthly investments of at least $100 until reaching the fund minimum.