Participants with loans dips

Outstanding loan rates for 401(k) participants is an interesting thing to look at, it may be a sense of the strength of 401(k) participation.

At the end of the first quarter of 2021, about 14% of 401(k) participants had outstanding loans. The percentage fell steadily throughout last year after edging up to 16.3% in the year-ago period from 16.1% in the fourth quarter of 2019.

The loan rate was over 18%  during the Great Recession of 2008-2010. I wonder whether CARES Act distributions thanks to the COVID pandemic may have something to do with that shrinking amount.

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