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The fourth quarter of 2019 was a slow trading quarter for 401(k) investors, according to the Alight Solutions 401(k) Index™. There was only one day of above-normal1 activity in the quarter—down from eight in the third quarter. The fourth quarter marked the eighth quarter in a row that net trading activity favored fixed income funds over equities.
Fourth quarter observations:
Alight Solutions 401(k) Index™ statistics for Q4 2019 and year-to-date:
Fourth quarter market observations:
The fourth quarter brought strong returns across equity indices with small U.S. equities (represented by the Russell 2000 Index) gaining 9.9%, large U.S. equities (represented by the S&P 500 Index) rising 9.1%, and international equities (represented by the MSCI All Country World ex-U.S. Index) gaining 8.9%. U.S. bonds (represented by the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Index) rose 0.2%.
Members of the media: please contact Landis Cullen for questions about the Alight Solutions 401(k) Index™. Learn more about the Alight Solutions 401(k) Index™ here.
A “normal” level of relative transfer activity is when the net daily movement of participants’ balances as a percent of total 401(k) balances within the Alight Solutions 401(k) Index™ equals between 0.3 times and 1.5 times the average daily net activity of the preceding 12 months. A “high” relative transfer activity day is when the net daily movement exceeds two times the average daily net activity. A “moderate” relative transfer activity day is when the net daily movement is between 1.5 and two times the average daily net activity of the preceding 12 months