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Throughout the second quarter, 401(k) investors traded from equities to fixed income funds, according to the Alight Solutions 401(k) IndexTM. The steady stream of trades in one direction made for the heaviest quarter of net trading since the third quarter of 2016.
Second quarter observations:
Alight Solutions 401(k) Index™ statistics for Q2 2019 and year-to-date:
Second quarter market observations:
Despite a dip in the middle of the quarter, most major market indices rose during Q2 2019. Large U.S. equities (represented by S&P 500 Index) were up 4.3%, small U.S. equities (represented by Russell 2000 Index) gained 2.1%, and international equities (represented by MSCI All Country World ex-U.S. Index) rose by 3.0%. U.S. bonds (represented by Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Index) gained 3.1%.
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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.