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401(k) investors were very active traders in the first quarter of 2020, particularly when Wall Street was reeling as the world was coming to grips with the COVID-19 pandemic. There were 29 days of above-normal1 trading activity, the highest for a quarter since the Alight Solutions 401(k) Index™ started in 1997. Trading activity almost universally saw investors moving money from equity funds to fixed income with 98% of net trading inflows for the quarter going to stable value, money market and bond funds.
First quarter observations:
Alight Solutions 401(k) Index™ statistics for Q1 2020 and year-to-date:
First quarter market observations:
Equity markets entered into bear market territory during the first quarter of 2020. Small U.S. equities (represented by the Russell 2000 Index) fell -30.6%, international equities (represented by the MSCI All Country World ex-U.S. Index) dropped -19.6%, and large U.S. equities (represented by the S&P 500) lost -19.6%. U.S. bonds (represented by the Bloomberg Barclays Aggregate Index) gained 3.2% for the quarter.
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