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Wall Street’s roller coaster ride during the first quarter of 2018 spurred 401(k) investors to high trading activity, according to the Alight Solutions 401(k) IndexTM. There were 23 days of above-normal1 trading activity in the quarter—the most in a quarter since Q1 2000, which had 25 above-normal days.
First quarter observations:
Alight Solutions 401(k) Index™ statistics for Q1 2018 and year to date:
First quarter market observations:
As volatility increased during first quarter, all of our followed capital market indices experienced drops in value. U.S. bonds (represented by the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Index) and international equities (represented by the MSCI All Country World ex-U.S. Index) fell greater than 1.0%. Large U.S. equities (represented by the S&P 500 Index) dropped just under one percent and small U.S. equities (represented by the Russell 2000 Index) fell by 0.1%.
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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.