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Despite a volatile stock market, 401(k) trading activity was light in March according to the Alight Solutions 401(k) Index™. March saw a consistent movement away from equities, with 16 of the 21 days favoring fixed income funds but only two days of above-normal1 trading activity.
The Alight Solutions 401(k) Index™ statistics for the month of March 2018:
Inflows and outflows during the month:
March investment portfolios:
March market observations
Capital market returns were mixed during the month, with small U.S. equities (represented by the Russell 2000 Index) and U.S. bonds (represented by the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Index) gaining in value, and large U.S. and international equities (represented by the S&P 500 Index and MSCI All Country World ex-U.S. Index, respectively) declining in value.
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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.