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April ETF Flows: Equities Shine Brightly

April ETF Flows: Equities Shine Brightly

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Investors poured money into equities last month, both domestic and international, helping fuel April’s 4 percent rally in U.S. stocks. Flows into U.S.-listed exchange-traded products were more than $22 billion and, counting the market’s gains, assets rose 5.4 percent to almost $1.138 trillion, a record.

The SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY), the world’s biggest exchange-traded fund, sucked in $2.75 billion in April, more than any other fund, according to data compiled by IndexUniverse. It’s clear by now that it’s only a matter of time before SPY becomes a $100 billion fund. Year-to-date, assets in U.S.-listed ETPs jumped almost 13 percent from the nearly $1.009 trillion at the end of 2010.

Stocks regained their footing in April after stumbling earlier in the year in the wake of unrest in the Middle East, spurred higher by strong consumer demand and corporate profits. The surge in stocks has also been supported by the Federal Reserve’s ongoing measures to stimulate the economy. The Fed has kept official interest rates near zero for more than two years and has also been buying Treasurys to keep bond yields and borrowing rates low.

On the flip side, investors pulled money out of bond funds, in a possible sign that they are preparing for the Fed to begin to reverse its extraordinarily accommodative policies. Last week, for example, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said the central bank currently had no plans to renew its $600 billion Treasurys-purchasing program that has been going on over the past eight months.

Also, a number of popular energy funds suffered outflows last month after being on a tear earlier in the year, given the unrest in the Middle East, particularly in oil-rich Libya. The unrest put a bid into oil markets, and NYMEX crude finished April at $113.93 a barrel.

That nervousness also propelled gold futures to a record. Comex futures ended the month at $1,556 a troy ounce, and also cemented the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) as the second-biggest U.S.-listed ETF after SPY. GLD gathered almost $900 million in April, ending the month a $60.68 billion fund.

Meanwhile, the biggest ETF company in the world, BlackRock’s iShares, bested the No. 2 and No. 3 firms, State Street Global Advisors and Vanguard, in asset-gathering in April. iShares added almost $9 billion in new assets, while SSgA and Vanguard gathered $5.28 billion and $2.81 billion, respectively.

 

April 2011 League Tables
Issuer Net Flows AUM ($M) % of AUM Turnover
BlackRock 8,905.59 497,472.72 1.79% 385,693.54
SSgA 5,283.88 268,308.23 1.97% 586,883.12
Vanguard 2,809.72 172,661.60 1.63% 34,544.47
Invesco PowerShares 2,816.04 65,317.59 4.31% 73,707.41
ProShares 405.04 26,773.04 1.51% 87,992.16
Van Eck 749.86 23,269.72 3.22% 21,147.20
WisdomTree 475.94 12,150.87 3.92% 3,540.92
Barclays Capital 490.49 10,027.69 4.89% 15,226.31
Rydex 530.23 8,782.17 6.04% 6,836.65
First Trust 481.75 8,008.99 6.02% 1,838.31
Direxion -574.96 6,496.43 -8.85% 47,952.66
Merrill Lynch -166.60 5,395.84 -3.09% 25,948.94
US Commodity Funds -820.12 4,901.00 -16.73% 13,482.84
ETF Securities 172.45 4,480.12 3.85% 2,541.86
Charles Schwab 294.69 4,236.39 6.96% 974.43
Guggenheim 88.72 3,998.43 2.22% 1,061.87
JPMorgan Chase 190.70 2,861.55 6.66% 465.89
PIMCO -290.66 2,704.25 -10.75% 748.28
ELEMENTS 2.40 1,998.05 0.12% 401.34
Global X 96.91 1,794.82 5.40% 1,226.97
ALPS 111.24 1,183.70 9.40% 237.01
GreenHaven 21.50 866.68 2.48% 139.84
UBS 23.74 766.52 3.10% 121.87
RevenueShares 20.57 634.32 3.24% 82.86
Emerging Global Shares 13.25 552.53 2.40% 92.83
IndexIQ 39.47 514.30 7.67% 150.72
AdvisorShares 26.93 286.96 9.39% 90.54
Credit Suisse 15.09 258.00 5.85% 34.16
Jefferies 13.55 218.56 6.20% 62.18
Fidelity - 186.33 0.00% 16.09
VelocityShares 47.98 181.36 26.45% 1,207.45
DBX Strategic Advisors - 140.38 0.00% 7.59
Teucrium 31.88 118.90 26.81% 185.30
Goldman Sachs - 87.89 0.00% 17.72
FocusShares - 78.79 0.00% 19.34
RBS Securities 40.54 71.12 56.99% 33.93
Grail Advisors 6.72 30.21 22.24% 10.49
Deutsche Bank 0.97 25.26 3.86% 4.06
FactorShares -2.62 24.39 -10.74% 63.04
Morgan Stanley - 21.76 0.00% 25.96
Javelin - 15.38 0.00% 2.93
Russell - 13.67 0.00% 1.75
FaithShares - 11.16 0.00% 8.86
CitiGroup - 10.13 0.00% 5.79
Pax World - 5.62 0.00% 1.39

 

Flows By Asset Class And Total Flows
Net Flows ($, mm) AUM ($, mm) % of AUM
U.S. Equity 10,461.03 512,753.07 2.04%
International Equity 7,699.81 309,290.48 2.49%
U.S. Fixed Income 2,114.51 141,029.67 1.50%
International Fixed Income 509.13 9,561.57 5.32%
Commodities 711.35 119,636.99 0.59%
Currency 371.18 5,102.02 7.28%
Leveraged -784.20 15,438.02 -5.08%
Inverse 688.17 20,492.34 3.36%
Asset Allocation 22.97 841.00 2.73%
Alternatives 558.94 3,611.90 15.47%
Total: 22,352.88 1,137,757.05 1.96%

 

 

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