401(k) Plan Asset Allocation, Account Balances, and Loan Activity In 2010

Source: Jack VanDerhei, Sarah Holden, Luis Alonso, Steven Bass, Employee Benefit Research Institute, EBRI Issue Brief #366, December 2011

From the press release:
After a decade marked by two severe bear markets, 401(k) plan participants have adopted a more balanced approach to their portfolios, according to a report released today by the Investment Company Institute (ICI) and the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI). Fears that younger participants in 401(k) plans would abandon stock investing are not borne out by the data, which suggest that greater use of target-date funds is helping workers keep their investing on track.

The shares of 401(k) participants who had either no equities at all or high concentrations of equities were lower in 2010 than in 2000 for almost every age group, according to theEBRI/ICI report, 401(k) Plan Asset Allocation, Account Balances, and Loan Activity in 2010. Among all 401(k) plan participants in 2000, 12.7 percent held no equity investments (either in equity funds, the equity portion of balanced funds, or company stock), while 54.1 per-cent had more than 80 percent of their plan accounts allocated to equities.
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