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See-sawing stock prices prompted 401(k) investors to move to fixed income funds in March, according to the Alight Solutions 401(k) Index. There were three trading days of above-normal1 trading activity in March. Among the 21 trading days in March, 20 days saw the net trading activity moving from equities to fixed income funds.
The Alight Solutions 401(k) Index™ statistics for the month of March 2019:
Inflows and outflows during the month:
March investment portfolios:
Target date funds
March market observations:
The capital markets delivered mixed performance during the month of March. The U.S. bond market (represented by the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Index) gained 1.9%. Large U.S. equities (represented by the S&P 500 Index) rose 1.9% and international equities (represented by the MSCIACWI ex-US Index) gained 0.6%. Small U.S. equities (represented by the Russell 2000 Index) fell -2.1%.
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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.