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Nose diving stock indices on Wall Street brought a flurry of trading activity among 401(k) investors according to the Alight Solutions 401(k) Index™. Nine of the 19 trading days had above-normal1 trading activity with the majority of trades moving money from equities to fixed income funds.
The Alight Solutions 401(k) Index™ statistics for the month of December 2018:
Inflows and outflows during the month:
December investment portfolios:
December market observations
December proved to be another difficult month for many equity investors. Small U.S. equities (represented by the Russell 2000 Index) lost -11.9%, large U.S. equities (represented by the S&P 500 Index) lost -9.0%, and international equities (represented by the MSCI ACWI ex-US Index) lost -4.5%. Fixed income investors typically fared better, with the U.S. bond market (represented by the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Index) gaining 1.8%.
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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.