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Aon Hewitt Experts Available to Talk About the Impact of the Debt Ceiling Crisis on 401(k) Investors

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill., August 2, 2011 – In the days leading up today’s last minute agreement to raise the federal debt ceiling, Aon Hewitt reports 401(k) trading volume has reached significant levels—an indication that workers have been highly reactive amidst continuing uncertainty.
Aon Hewitt’s database of more than 100 401(k) plans, representing 4.7 million workers shows a marked increase in 401(k) trading volume since July 25. On a typical day, daily trade volume reaches $300M-$400M in trades. Late last week, trading volume was two-to-three times the normal level, reaching a peak of more than $900M on Thursday, July 28. Trading volume remained high on Monday, reaching $862M, as Congress moved closer to reaching a compromise.

According to Aon Hewitt’s 401(k) Index, last week’s transfer activity showed significant movement away from domestic equities into fixed income vehicles, primarily stable value funds. Fully 96 percent of assets moved into fixed income during the period, the third highest monthly transfer amount out of equities and into fixed income investments since Aon Hewitt began tracking this data in 1997.

Aon Hewitt experts Pamela Hess, director of retirement research, and Winfield Evens, investment consultant, are available to discuss how 401(k) investors are responding to the debt ceiling crisis and provide insight into long-term implications of this trading activity.

To speak with Pamela or Winfield, please contact:
MacKenzie Lucas: or 847-442-2995
Joe Micucci: or 847-771-0788

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