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August showed an uptick in 401(k) trading activity among defined contribution plan investors, according to the Alight Solutions 401(k) Index™. There were three days of above normal1 trading activity in August, equal to the total number of above normal days from January through July. When making trades, investors generally favored fixed income funds.
– Rob Austin, Director of Research at Alight Solutions
The Alight Solutions 401(k) Index™ statistics for the month ending August 31, 2017:
Inflows and outflows during the month:
August investment portfolios:
August market observations
In August, capital markets saw mostly modest gains for U.S. bonds (represented by the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Index), international equities (represented by the MSCI All Country World ex-US Index), and large U.S. equity funds (represented by the S&P 500 Index). Small U.S. equity funds (represented by the Russell 2000 Index) declined in August.
Members of the media: please contact MacKenzie Lucas for questions about the Alight Solutions 401(k) Index™.
Learn more about the Alight Solutions 401(k) Index here.