Monday, December 22, 2008

EBRI Review of 401(k) Plans for 2007

The Employee Benefit Research Institute has posted 401(k) Plan Asset Allocation, Account Balances, and Loan Activity in 2007. The study does not reflect the most recent market losses. Among some of the more interesting findings:

About two-thirds of 401(k) plans included lifecycle funds in their investment lineup at year-end 2007. New analysis shows that at year-end 2007, more than 7 percent of the assets in the EBRI/ICI database were invested in lifecycle funds and one-quarter of 401(k) participants held lifecycle funds. Also known as “target date” funds, they are designed to simplify investing and automate account rebalancing.

401(k) participants continued to seek diversification of their investments. The share of 401(k) accounts invested in company stock continued to shrink, falling by 0.5 percentage point (to 10.6 percent) in 2007. That continued a steady decline that started in 1999. Recently hired 401(k) participants contributed to this trend: they were less likely to hold employer stock.

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