Investment Choices

You have the flexibility to select from investment options that range from more conservative to more aggressive, making it easy for you to develop a well-diversified investment portfolio.

Complete, ready-made portfolios

The Vanguard Target Retirement Funds offer “one-stop shopping”. They are low-cost Target Retirement Funds that correspond to a range of target retirement years or year in which you will turn 65, and automatically rebalance between stocks and bonds to become more conservative as you approach retirement.

Build your own portfolio

If you wish to create your own portfolio, you can choose a combination of investments from the Plan’s investment line-up listed below. Before you make any investment elections, you should become familiar with all of the investment options offered by the 457(b) Savings Plan.

  • Four index funds, which invest in a diversified portfolio of investments designed to mirror a market index, such as the S&P 500. These funds permit you to create a custom portfolio with low fees that reflects market performance.
  • Eleven managed funds, which are actively managed by a fund manager or team of managers. Those managers select the investments they think will deliver the best combination of risk and return. Boston University selected these managed funds based on performance and fees compared with other managed funds generally available on the market. These managed funds tend to have higher fees than the  index funds.
Asset Class Fund Name Type  
Short Term Vanguard Federal Money Market Fund Investor Shares Managed
Bond—Diversified Diversified Vanguard Intermediate-Term Bond Index Fund Institutional Shares Index
Bond—Diversified Loomis Sayles Core Plus Bond Fund Class N Managed
Bond—Inflation Protected Vanguard Inflation-Protected Securities Fund Institutional Shares Managed
Domestic Equities—Large Blend Vanguard Institutional Index Fund Institutional Shares Index
Domestic Equities—Large Growth Fidelity Contrafund—Class K Managed
Domestic Equities—Large Blend Vanguard FTSE Social Index Fund Institutional Shares Managed
Domestic Equities—Mid Blend Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund Institutional Shares Index
Domestic Equities—Mid Blend Fidelity Low-Priced Stock Fund—Class K Managed
Domestic Equities—Small Blend DFA US Small Cap Portfolio Institutional Class Managed
International/Global—Diversified Vanguard Total International Stock Index Fund Institutional Shares Index
International/Global—Diversified Causeway International Value Fund Class Institutional Managed
International/Global—Diversified Harding Loevner Global Equity Portfolio Institutional Class Managed
International/Global— Emerging Markets DFA Emerging Markets Core Equity Portfolio Institutional Class Managed
International/Global— Specialty Morgan Stanley Institutional Fund, Inc. Global Real Estate Portfolio Class I Managed

You may change your investment mix for your 457(b) Savings Plan at any time.