Almost $18B Flows Into ETFs In June

July 01, 2015

Investors plowed nearly $18 billion into ETFs in June, as the currency-hedged trend that has been so strong this year showed signs of cooling off. Total U.S.-listed ETF assets ended the month at $2.118 trillion—about 1.5 percent lower than a month ago, but about 6 percent more than at the end of last year.

All said, the world of ETFs continues to steadily advance, though June’s inflows weren’t quite enough to offset the 1.62 percent decline of the S&P 500 Index—hence the month-on-month drop in total ETF assets. Still, record first-half inflows of $101 billion put last year’s full-year record asset haul of $243 billion in sight. Second-half ETF flows have historically been more powerful than in the first half.

International equities hauled in the biggest chunk of assets among different asset classes, though U.S. equities brought in nearly as much. The iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM | A-89) was the most popular fund, and the WisdomTree Europe Hedged Equity Fund (HEDJ | B-45) rounded out the top 10 list.

The “Biggest Losers” list of last month’s least popular funds was peppered with corporate-credit-focused fixed-income funds such as the iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (HYG | B-64). The presence of such securities high on the redemptions list tells the tale of investors showing risk aversion in the face of Greece’s solvency issues and the looming threat of higher official U.S. interest rates.


June 2015 Flows By Assets

Net Flows ($M) AUM ($M) % of AUM
U.S. Equity 9,283.88 1,155,775.66 0.80%
International Equity 10,413.12 525,646.59 1.98%
U.S. Fixed Income -2,041.92 300,073.34 -0.68%
International Fixed Income 321.66 26,331.49 1.22%
Commodities -279.28 55,730.56 -0.50%
Currency 15.29 1,482.61 1.03%
Leveraged 442.75 24,360.84 1.82%
Inverse -352.06 19,037.82 -1.85%
Asset Allocation 43.48 5,874.78 0.74%
Alternatives 61.46 3,702.98 1.66%
Total: 17,908.37 2,118,016.67 0.85%

June 2015 Top Gainers

Ticker Fund Issuer Flows AUM ($M) Turnover
IWM iShares Russell 2000 BlackRock 2,722.45 29,527.21 84,423.50
EFA iShares MSCI EAFE BlackRock 2,167.95 60,941.33 27,488.83
IJH iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap BlackRock 1,444.56 26,989.79 4,271.77
XLV Health Care Select SPDR SSgA 920.04 15,321.45 12,111.04
XLF Financial Select SPDR SSgA 875.48 18,834.93 19,227.25
VEA Vanguard FTSE Developed Markets Vanguard 858.66 27,825.04 4,041.67
QQQ PowerShares QQQ Invesco PowerShares 843.38 38,792.24 63,025.73
DBEF Deutsche X-trackers MSCI EAFE Hedged Equity ETF Deutsche Bank 773.34 12,153.98 1,999.20
EWJ iShares MSCI Japan BlackRock 763.64 19,591.27 6,772.61
HEDJ WisdomTree Europe Hedged Equity WisdomTree 679.72 19,765.15 7,291.69

June 2015 Biggest Losers

Ticker Fund Issuer Flows AUM ($M) Turnover
SPY SPDR S&P 500 SSgA -2,157.63 170,512.09 532,248.23
HYG iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond BlackRock -1,747.77 13,357.64 14,177.33
EEM iShares MSCI Emerging Markets BlackRock -1,734.12 29,120.14 41,269.90
JNK SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond SSgA -1,390.01 9,672.83 7,766.69
IVV iShares Core S&P 500 BlackRock -966.55 67,763.66 15,408.52
VNQ Vanguard REIT Vanguard -788.66 23,802.01 7,841.79
MDY SPDR S&P MidCap 400 SSgA -512.33 16,253.47 9,263.13
LQD iShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond BlackRock -473.91 20,997.09 8,587.19
FTSM First Trust Enhanced Short Maturity First Trust -459.33 135.06 561.90
XLU Utilities Select SPDR SSgA -427.99 5,536.49 11,859.77

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