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401(k) traders continued to retreat towards safety throughout April, according to the Alight Solutions 401(k) Index. April marked the 15th month in a row where net trades favored fixed income funds over equity investments.
The Alight Solutions 401(k) Index™ statistics for the month of April 2019:
Inflows and outflows during the month:
April investment portfolios:
April market observations:
April saw positive performance for all the common indices. The U.S. bond market (represented by the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Index) ticked just above 0.0%. Large U.S. equities (represented by S&P 500 Index) rose 4.1%, small U.S. equities (represented by the Russell 2000 Index) rose 3.4%, and international equities (represented by the MSCI ACWI ex-U.S. Index) gained 2.6%.
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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.
Target date funds also include the amounts in target risk funds. The amount in the target risk funds is less than 10% of the total.