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Almost Every Popular 401(k) Fund Is in the Red This Year on Big Tech's Slump

Of the 15 largest funds in workplace savings plans, just one is in positive territory so far this year.

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Retirement savers entered 2022 with average 401(k) balances at a record high. In just a few weeks, the return tables have reversed on many of the largest retirement funds. 

A look at the 15 largest funds held in 401(k) plans, as measured by data firm BrightScope Inc., shows that only one has a positive return — barely — for the year as of Feb. 17. The top performer, Dodge & Cox Stock, is up 0.3%. At this time last year, only one of the 15 was negative, the Vanguard Total Bond Market Index Fund, down 1.8%.