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As the S&P 500 was posting its best quarterly performance since 1998, 401(k) investors were light traders according to the Alight Solutions 401(k) Index™. There were only six days of above-normal1 trading activity—a sharp decline from the 29 above-normal days in the first quarter. When investors made trades, they tended to move money from equities to fixed income.
Second quarter observations:
Alight Solutions 401(k) Index™ statistics for Q2 2020 and year-to-date:
Second quarter market observations:
The second quarter provided a respite and recovery from the first quarter’s decline, with all indices gaining. Small U.S. equities (represented by the Russell 2000 Index) rose 25.4%, large U.S. equities (represented by the S&P 500) gained 20.5%, and international equities (represented by the MSCI All County World ex-U.S. Index) up 16.1%. Additionally, U.S. bonds (represented by the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Index) gained 2.9%.
Members of the media: please contact Landis Cullen for questions about the Alight Solutions 401(k) Index™. Learn more about the Alight Solutions 401(k) Index™ here.