T. Rowe Price Target Retirement 2050 Fund (TRFOX)
Ticker Symbol:
TRFOX
Fund Status:
Open to new Retail investors  /  Open to subsequent Retail investments
Fund Management
Fund Manager
  • Jerome A. Clark
  • Managed Fund Since: 08/20/2013
  • Joined Firm On 06/03/1992*
  • B.S., U.S. Naval Academy; M.S., Naval Postgraduate School; M.B.A., The Johns Hopkins University
  • Wyatt A. Lee
  • Managed Fund Since: 08/20/2013
  • Joined Firm On 06/14/1999*
  • B.S., Vanderbilt University; M.B.A., Washington University

*Firm refers to T. Rowe Price Associates and Affiliates
Quarterly Commentaries
as of 12/31/2014

U.S. stocks gained in the quarter, with large-caps posting a sixth consecutive year of positive returns. Markets shook off tumbling oil prices and geopolitical concerns, finding support in steady U.S. economic improvement and renewed stimulus efforts in the eurozone and Japan. Non-U.S. developed and emerging markets stocks fell amid declining currencies and lower oil prices. U.S. bond returns were mostly positive as high-quality issues outpaced lower-quality debt. Long-term U.S. Treasuries fared best as interest rates and inflation expectations fell over the quarter. High yield bonds declined as credit spreads widened on heightened concerns about the asset class's large exposure to the energy sector.

The Target Retirement Fund 2050 returned 1.90% in the quarter compared with 2.09% for the S&P Target Date 2050 Index. For the 12 months ended December 31, 2014, the fund returned 6.13% versus 5.69% for the S&P Target Date 2050 Index. The fund's 1-year and Since Inception (08/20/2013) average annual total returns were 6.13% and 13.53%, respectively, as of December 31, 2014. The fund's expense ratio was 0.76% as of its fiscal year ended May 31, 2014.

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Current performance may be lower or higher than the quoted past performance, which cannot guarantee future results. Share price, principal value, and return will vary and you may have a gain or loss when you sell your shares.

Benchmark Definitions

We have a neutral position in stocks relative to bonds. Stocks are broadly priced at or above historical averages across multiple measures. At current valuations, the risk/return profile for equities now appears more evenly balanced with less expected upside support from multiple expansions and with margins at peak levels. We increased our overweight to non-U.S. equities as valuations remain modestly more attractive outside the U.S. While the U.S. economic cycle is further advanced than many non-U.S. economies, non-U.S. economies and companies are expected to benefit from their relatively weaker currencies and supportive monetary policies over the near-term. We increased our overweight to high yield relative to investment-grade bonds as recent underperformance has provided an opportunity to take advantage of higher yields.

We expect modest global economic growth over the next few quarters. The U.S. economy is improving gradually, supported by diminishing fiscal headwinds, increased state and local government spending, moderate job growth, and better private sector demand. Corporate balance sheets and profits remain healthy, while revenue growth in the low- to mid-single digits is consistent with modest economic growth. Japanese and European growth has moderated recently, but we are encouraged that more aggressive economic stimulus measures will bear fruit. Key risks to global markets include the effects of global monetary policy actions and growing geopolitical concerns, particularly in the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

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