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Trading activity in 401(k) plans was up in February as investors responded to market volatility, according to the Alight Solutions 401(k) Index™. Nine of the 19 trading days in February had above-normal1 trading activity, with the majority occurring in the wake of the market downturn at the beginning of the month. Trades were split between equities and fixed income as investors jockeyed with the market, but the majority of trading dollars flowed from equities to fixed income funds.
The Alight Solutions 401(k) Index™ statistics for the month of February 2018:
Inflows and outflows during the month:
February investment portfolios:
February market observations
After a strong January, all of the equity indices tracked by the Alight 401(k) Index™ experienced corrections during February. The month’s losses were enough to send small U.S. equities (represented by the Russell 2000 Index) into the red for the year. Losses in U.S. bonds (represented by the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Index) extended into February, resulting in a year-to-date loss of over 2 percent.
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.