401(k) plans have plenty of investment vehicles in which to allocate their funds: equities, trusts, government securities. It's interesting to see how the money flows around between these different options.

For example, government securities. These include Savings and Treasury bonds, Treasury bills, FNMA, and GNMA.

Looking only at plans that had active investments with Uncle Sam in 2010, net assets rose by 15 percent over the prior year, and the value of assets invested in the government mostly kept pace at 14 percent (a roughly $2.3 billion increase).

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