Fidelity Launches Industry-First Mutual Funds to Simplify Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) Process

Innovative Funds Combine Age-Appropriate Investment with Automated Payment Method

BOSTON--()--The first full wave of baby boomers will reach the required minimum distribution (RMD) age of 70 ½ this year. By 2018, millions of Americans will begin taking an RMD from their tax-deferred retirement accounts, such as traditional individual retirement accounts (IRAs), each year. As a leading financial services provider and America’s retirement leader, Fidelity Investments® today introduced the Fidelity Simplicity RMD Funds℠.

Designed to help take the guesswork out of determining a suitable allocation for assets that are subject to RMDs, Fidelity’s industry-first suite of mutual funds combines an age-appropriate and professionally-managed investment strategy with an optional automated calculation and distribution method to satisfy annual RMD requirements on the investor’s behalf.

“Retirees often struggle to understand when, which assets, what amount and how to take the annually mandated withdrawal from their tax-deferred retirement accounts,” said Ken Hevert, senior vice president of Retirement at Fidelity Investments. “If not done correctly, investors may experience a 50% tax penalty on any amount not withdrawn by the annual deadline.

“Further, once the RMD has been made, investors find themselves unsure of whether or not they are being too conservative or too aggressive with the remaining investments. The Fidelity Simplicity RMD Funds complement our suite of automatic RMD services, and will provide a simple and innovative solution for investors to help alleviate many of the concerns around taking annual RMDs,” continued Hevert.

Fidelity Simplicity RMD Funds – How Do They Work?
The Fidelity Simplicity RMD Funds invest in a combination of equity, fixed-income and short-term Fidelity mutual funds according to a strategic asset allocation that adjusts automatically and becomes more conservative as an investor ages. Each fund name includes a date, which can help investors choose the fund that most closely aligns with the year they turn 70, as initial RMDs are required starting at age 70 ½.

The Fidelity Simplicity RMD Funds with longer time horizons will invest in a greater percentage of equities, while the funds with shorter time horizons will emphasize fixed-income and short-term assets. There are five Simplicity RMD Funds:

  • Fidelity Simplicity RMD Income
  • Fidelity Simplicity RMD 2005
  • Fidelity Simplicity RMD 2010
  • Fidelity Simplicity RMD 2015
  • Fidelity Simplicity RMD 2020

“Leveraging Fidelity’s 30-years of experience managing multi-asset class portfolios, the Simplicity RMD Funds are supported by an investment process that focuses on creating a portfolio that is designed to help investors achieve their retirement objectives. As a result, the foundation of the funds is the glide path, built to balance investment returns and risk in conjunction with an RMD,” said Andrew Dierdorf, portfolio manager on Fidelity’s target date team, including Fidelity Simplicity RMD Funds. “The glide path for the Simplicity RMD Funds has been designed to provide appropriate portfolio diversification over time, while recognizing the unique needs and time horizon for investors who begin taking RMDs at age 70 ½.”

The funds are designed for investors who are nearing age 70 ½ or older, or will turn age 70 in or within a few years of the applicable fund, and plan to withdraw the value of their investment in the fund over time (in accordance with IRS rules). For example, a traditional IRA owner who turned 70 ½ in 2015 would select the Simplicity RMD 2015 Fund. The table below shows the ranges of investor birth dates for which each fund was created and each fund’s total expenses.


Fund (Ticker)


Age-based fund
mapping based on
birth date


Total Gross

Fidelity Simplicity RMD Income Fund


      12/31/1932 and earlier       0.47%
Fidelity Simplicity RMD 2005 Fund (FIRPX)       1/1/1933 - 12/31/1937       0.50%
Fidelity Simplicity RMD 2010 Fund (FIRRX)       1/1/1938 - 12/31/1942       0.54%
Fidelity Simplicity RMD 2015 Fund (FIRUX)       1/1/1943 - 12/31/1947       0.58%
Fidelity Simplicity RMD 2020 Fund (FIRWX)       1/1/1948 - 12/31/1952       0.62%

Once a customer invests in a Simplicity RMD Fund, they can set up their distributions through Fidelity’s automatic withdrawals service, allowing them to easily satisfy the annual RMD and begin receiving income from their eligible retirement accounts. By signing up, Fidelity automatically calculates and distributes the investor’s RMD each year, monitoring withdrawal activity, while providing a seamless experience for reinvesting or managing their spending. Enrollment can be completed when investing in a Simplicity RMD Fund or any time after at

Fidelity Offers Various RMD Resources to Educate Investors
In addition to the new Fidelity Simplicity RMD Funds, Fidelity offers a variety of resources to help educate the millions of investors about RMDs, including:

About Fidelity Investments
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Before investing, consider the fund's investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. Please visit or for a prospectus or if available, a summary prospectus, containing this information.

The funds are subject to the volatility of the financial markets, including that of equity and fixed income investments in the U.S. and abroad, and may be subject to risks associated with investing in high-yield, small-cap, commodity-linked, and foreign securities. No Simplicity RMD Fund is considered a complete retirement program and there is no guarantee any single fund will provide sufficient retirement income at or through retirement. Principal invested is not guaranteed at any time, including at or after the funds' horizon dates. Each fund is designed for investors who seek to convert accumulated assets into regular payments over time. A shareholder’s participation in the systematic withdrawal plan will result in the gradual withdrawal of the value of the shareholder’s account in a fund.

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Fidelity does not provide legal or tax advice. The information herein is general and educational in nature and should not be considered legal or tax advice. Tax laws and regulations are complex and subject to change, which can materially impact investment results. Fidelity cannot guarantee that the information herein is accurate, complete, or timely. Fidelity makes no warranties with regard to such information or results obtained by its use, and disclaims any liability arising out of your use of, or any tax position taken in reliance on, such information.
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Release Summary

Fidelity Investments announced it has launched industry-first mutual funds to simplify the Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) process.


Fidelity Investments
Nicole Goodnow, 617-563-3785
Fidelity Corporate Communications, 617-563-5800