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According to the Alight Solutions 401(k) Index™, December 2019 was a light month for 401(k) trading with zero days of above-normal1 activity. On average, only 0.012% of balances were traded daily making December the third lightest trading month in the more than 20-year history of the 401(k) Index.
Inflows and outflows during December:
December investment portfolios:
December market observations:
Equity indices continued their positive trend with international equities (represented by the MSCI All Country World ex-U.S. Index) rising 4.3%, both large U.S. equities (represented by the S&P 500 Index) and small U.S. equities (represented by the Russell 2000 Index) gaining around 3.0%. U.S. bonds (represented by the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Index) fell slightly by 0.1%.
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.
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.