Analysis: 4 trends in 401(k)s

06/13/2013 | Morningstar

A report from Vanguard on its defined-contribution plans says that only 12% of participants made trades in 2012. The figure supports a pattern of passive investing among 401(k) participants, which has helped stabilize markets in the past, writes John Rekenthaler of Morningstar. Other trends that Rekenthaler highlights from the report are the popularity of target-date funds among plan sponsors, an increase in auto-enrollment and a slight decline in participants with more than 20% of assets in company stock.

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