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What if there’s a better target-date fund for your employees?

Morningstar® Lifetime Index FundsSM

The Morningstar Lifetime Index Funds are a series of diversified, low-cost1 target-date funds2 designed to support your employees’ investing needs—both up to and through their retirement.


Growth Series


Moderate Series


Conservative Series

Created in collaboration with Benefit Trust Company, the Morningstar Lifetime Index Funds include growth, moderate, and conservative series. With help from Morningstar Investment Management's complimentary workforce analysis, you can select the series that best aligns with the needs of your employees.

Why Choose Morningstar® Lifetime Index FundsSM

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Morningstar Methodology

The funds track the Morningstar® Lifetime Allocation IndexesSM, a series of indexes offered by Morningstar, Inc., Morningstar Investment Management's parent company, which some plan sponsors have used as a benchmark for their retirement plans since the Morningstar Lifetime Index Funds were established in 2009.

Support Through Retirement

The Morningstar Lifetime Index Funds are designed to provide your employees with an appropriate investment strategy, not just while they save for retirement, but once they’re in retirement, too. The Funds will continue to have their asset allocation rebalanced even after your employees reach their target retirement date.

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Diversification at a Low-Cost1

The Morningstar Lifetime Index Funds cost eight basis points—a fraction of the industry average cost of 62 basis points.3 They use a set of 21 asset classes that provide global diversification, leveraging decades of thought leadership and research from Morningstar, Inc. and its subsidiaries.

Built-In Customization

One size doesn’t necessarily fit all when it comes to workplace retirement plans. The investment needs of a retail store, for example, might be totally different from those of a law firm. Morningstar Investment Management's three glide paths allow you to select the one that best suits the unique needs of your employees.

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Get a Side-By-Side Look of Your Options

Choosing the right qualified default investment alternative for your employees is a big decision, but it doesn't have to be a complicated one. Our complimentary glide path analysis is designed to make it easier to compare your options.

Morningstar Investment Management starts by evaluating a range of participant demographic data obtained through your plan's recordkeeper to help you visualize the unique needs of your employees.

Then, the findings can help you pinpoint which investment product—whether your current one or a Morningstar Lifetime Index Fund series—best aligns with the needs of your plan.


Take the Next Step

Get in touch to receive a complimentary glide path analysis and explore whether the Morningstar Lifetime Index Funds can help your workforce reach their retirement goals

About Morningstar Investment Management LLC's Retirement Solutions Group

Our parent company, Morningstar, Inc., was founded on the simple idea that when people have good investment information, they can make better choices that help them achieve their financial goals. In the retirement solutions group at Morningstar Investment Management LLC, a subsidiary of Morningstar, Inc. and a registered investment adviser, our advocacy for the individual investor extends to the workplace retirement market where the responsibility for investing and saving now rests with employees. Our products and services—which range from a managed accounts service to target-date products to custom models and fiduciary services—are not only designed to help people save for the retirement they want, but to help them make their money last once they get there.

1 Morningstar Lifetime Index Funds cost eight basis points—significantly less than the industry average cost of 62 basis points according to Morningstar, Inc.’s 2019 Target-Date Fund Landscape report.
2 The Morningstar Lifetime Index Funds are organized as a series of collective investment trusts.
3 According to Morningstar, Inc.’s 2019 Target-Date Fund Landscape report.

Morningstar Investment Management LLC offers the Morningstar Glide Path Selection Tool to assist plan sponsors in the determination of an appropriate glide path for their plan. Estimated plan participant asset allocations are determined using basic data provided by the plan sponsor, which Morningstar Investment Management does not independently verify. Investment options may not be appropriate investments for your plan, and there may be other investment options that are more suitable. The information, data, and opinions that are part of the tool and any related output generated includes proprietary information of Morningstar Investment Management and may not be copied or redistributed for any purpose. Morningstar Investment Management does not warrant this information to be accurate, complete, or timely and is not responsible for any damages or losses arising from the use of this information. The Morningstar Glide Path Selection Tool should not be the only method by which an investment or a particular investment option is chosen for a plan. Morningstar Investment Management does not guarantee the results of the Glide Path Selection analysis, their advice, recommendations, or the objectives of a glide path selected based on this analysis will be achieved.

The fund is a Collective Investment Trust (CIT) created by Benefit Trust Company and is administered by Benefit Trust Company, as trustee. Its shares are not deposits of Benefit Trust Company and are not insured by the FDIC or any other agency. The CIT is not a mutual fund. The CIT is a security which has not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933 and is exempt from investment company registration under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended. The performance quoted here does not guarantee future results. As market conditions fluctuate, the investment return and principal value of any investment will change. Diversification may not protect against market risk. There are risks involved with investing, including possible loss of principal. Complete information regarding the indices used and allocation to each is available upon request. This material should not be viewed as advice or recommendations with respect to asset allocation or any particular investment. Before investing in any investment portfolio, the client and financial professional should carefully consider the client's investment objective, time horizon, risk tolerance, and fees.

Benefit Trust Company (BTC) is a non-depositary trust company with operations in Overland Park, Kansas. As an independent fiduciary and fund sponsor, BTC maintains the CIT and oversees all compliance related functions for the CIT including trade monitoring, pricing, performance, annual reporting and investor eligibility.

BTC has retained Morningstar Investment Management LLC, a registered investment adviser and subsidiary of Morningstar, Inc., to act as its investment sub-adviser for the Funds. Morningstar Investment Management acts as a non-discretionary sub-adviser for the CIT by monitoring performance and tracking error of the CIT, and providing recommendations on the ongoing management of the CIT. Morningstar Investment Management is not acting in the capacity of adviser to individual investors.

The Morningstar Lifetime Allocation Indexes (the “Indexes”) are service marks of Morningstar, Inc. The CIT is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by Morningstar, Inc. and Morningstar, Inc. makes no representation regarding the advisability of investing in the CIT. The Morningstar name and logo are registered trademarks of Morningstar, Inc. Morningstar, Inc. and its subsidiaries are not affiliated with Benefit Trust or its affiliates. There is no guarantee that a CIT will achieve any objectives, performance expectations, risk or return targets set forth in this document, the CIT’s disclosure document or elsewhere. Before selecting the CIT as an investment option, plan sponsors should carefully consider the CIT’s investment objectives, risk factors, and charges and expenses. Plan sponsors should carefully read the Group Trust's Declaration of Trust and the CIT’s disclosure documents before selecting the CIT. Risks associated with an investment in a CIT, include, without limitation: new fund risk, target date fund risk, management risk, index tracking risk, risk of loss, market risk, equity risks, fixed income risks, foreign country and emerging markets risks, inflation-linked instruments risk, high yield bond risk, currency risk, commodities risk, and derivatives risk.

The values of the CIT will fluctuate up to and after its target dates. There is no guarantee the CIT will provide adequate income at or through retirement. There is no guarantee that the CIT will achieve any objectives, performance expectations, risk or return targets. Diversification and asset allocation strategies do not ensure a profit and cannot protect against losses in a declining market.

The information contained in this document does not constitute a distribution, nor should it be considered a recommendation to purchase or sell any particular security or fund. The offering and sale of the participation units in a CIT in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law. The CIT may, in addition to other investments, invest in futures contracts, securities futures contracts or products, derivatives, and other similar investments. The views and opinions of Morningstar, Inc. or its affiliates are not necessarily those of Benefit Trust or its affiliates. All information and opinions are subject to change without notice.