Citing the positive effects of diversification and continued contributions, Vanguard announced that the median decline in the three million defined contribution accounts it administers fell 17% in the 15 months ended March 31, as opposed to the market’s overall 44% decline.

In fact, 36% of participants’ balances either remained flat or increased. Another 20% raw their balances fall between 1% and 20%. Only 33% experienced declines of more than 30% in that timeframe.

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