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As stock markets rebounded in the first quarter of 2019, 401(k) investors moved from equities to fixed income funds. According to the Alight Solutions 401(k) IndexTM, nearly 90% of the days in the quarter saw net trading activity favor fixed income investments. Additionally, there were nine days of above-normal1 trading activity, three days in each month.
First quarter observations:
Alight Solutions 401(k) Index™ statistics for Q1 2019 and year-to-date:
First quarter market observations:
The first quarter of 2019 quelled the impact of the decline experienced during the fourth quarter of 2018. Small U.S. equities (represented by the Russell 2000 Index) gained 14.6%, large U.S. equities (represented by the S&P 500 Index) rose 13.7% and international equities (represented by the MSCI All Country World ex-U.S. Index) were up 10.3%. U.S. bonds (represented by the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Index) also gained 2.9%.
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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.