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July was a slow trading month for 401(k) investors, according to the Alight Solutions 401(k) IndexTM, with only one above-normal1 day. July marks the 18th month in a row that net trades have flowed from equities to fixed income funds.
The Alight Solutions 401(k) Index™ statistics for the month of July 2019:
Inflows and outflows during the month:
July investment portfolios:
July market observations:
Capital market returns were mixed in July with large U.S. equities (represented by the S&P 500 Index) gaining 1.4%, small U.S. equities (represented by the Russell 2000 Index) returning 0.6%, U.S. bonds (represented by the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Index) rising 0.2%, but international equities (represented by the MSCI All Country World ex-U.S. Index) fell 1.2%.
Members of the media: please contact Dominic Belmonte 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.