Vanguard released findings of the investing behavior and performance of its 401(k) investors in 2008, showing remarkable resilience in the face of steep market declines.

Continuous participants, i.e. the 75% who had a balance at both the beginning and end of 2008, lost a median 14%. More than 33% saw their balances either rise or stay flat, principally due to ongoing contributions, conservative asset allocation or both.

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