Equity, Fixed Income Get Equal Play in June

July 15, 2013 (PLANSPONSOR.com) – Defined contribution (DC) plan participants’ daily transfer volumes remained steady in June, according to the Aon Hewitt 401(k) Index.

Transfers averaged 0.035% of balance totals per day. There were also five days in June when transfer activity reached above normal levels, below May’s total of nine days.

Daily trading equally favored both fixed income and equity-based investment vehicles during June, with each type of vehicle having net gains from transfer activity on 50% of the days. Throughout the second quarter, fixed income investments were slightly favored with gains on 52% of the days.

The total net transfer activity totaled $484 million or 0.35% of total participant balances. The second quarter had $880 million of net transfer activity, which is moderate to low compared with other quarters.

Transfers into diversified equity (equity excluding company stock) asset classes totaled $129 million or 0.09% of total assets. For the quarter, the total was $471 million (0.33%). However, when company stock is factored in, the quarterly total is cut in half.

Net outflows were concentrated among two asset classes: bond funds, which decreased by $300 million (62%), and premixed funds, decreasing by $157 million (32%). Outflows for the second quarter were also significant among bond funds, decreasing by $528 million (60%), while company stock funds lost $230 million (26%). Emerging market funds also decreased by $67 million (8%) during the quarter.

Net inflows were spread out among GIC/stable value funds, receiving $141 million (29%), large U.S. funds, which received $122 million (25%), and money market funds, receiving $71 million (15%). Mid U.S., small U.S., and international funds also had significant gains from transfer activity. Inflows for the second quarter were led by international funds, which received $169 million (19%); large U.S. received $152 million (17%), while mid U.S. and premixed funds each received about 15% of the flows. GIC/stable value and money market funds had significant inflows as well (14% and 12%, respectively).

Employee discretionary contributions decreased to 63.8% in equities for June. This is down from levels recorded at 64% both at the beginning of the quarter and at the end of May.

By the end of June, participants' overall equity allocation decreased to 62.2% from 62.5% at the end of May. The second quarter began with participant's equity allocation at 61.8% of total assets.

More information about the June index can be found here.