ETF Inflows Hit Annual Record: $292B

August 25, 2017

After breaking the annual inflows record from 2016 last week, 2017 ETF inflows continued to climb into uncharted territory this week.

According to the latest data from FactSet, investors added $3.9 billion into U.S.-listed ETFs during the week ending Thursday, Aug. 24, bringing the year-to-date haul to $292.3 billion.

Every ETF segment had positive flows during the week, including U.S. equity ETFs, with creations of $543 million; international equity ETFs, with creations of $936 million; U.S. fixed-income ETFs, with creations of $831 million; and commodity ETFs, with creations of $344 million.

​In terms of performance, stocks struggled, and fixed-income securities caught a bid, as investors nervously considered President Trump's threat to shut down the government if Congress refuses to include money for a border wall in its spending bill. The deadline to lift the country's debt ceiling is also fast approaching, and may be hit by Sept. 29 if Congress doesn't act.

Utility ETF Hits New Highs
Volatility products continued to be active on the top creations list. The iPath S&P 599 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (VXX) and the VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short-Term ETN (XIV) had inflows of $291 million and $214 million, respectively.

Another standout on the list was the Utilities Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLU), which had inflows of $215 million. The utilities sector ETF surged to a record high this week, bringing its year-to-date gains to 13.2%, the third-best-performing sector return of 2017 behind tech and health care.

​Meanwhile, on the outflows side, four sector ETFs made an appearance. The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLY), the Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLV), the Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLP) and the Industrial Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLI) had outflows ranging from $300 million to $900 million.

​For a full list of this week's top inflows and outflows, see the tables below:

Top 10 Creations (All ETFs)

Ticker Name Net Flows ($,mm) AUM ($, mm) AUM % Change
SPY SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust 2,775.39 241,796.18 1.16%
IWM iShares Russell 2000 ETF 1,271.31 36,285.85 3.63%
VEA Vanguard FTSE Developed Markets ETF 860.28 59,976.25 1.46%
AGG iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF 483.81 49,993.29 0.98%
VXX iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN 291.49 335.30 665.36%
TLT iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF 265.98 7,326.97 3.77%
SCHD Schwab US Dividend Equity ETF 263.88 5,979.59 4.62%
JNK SPDR Bloomberg Barclays High Yield Bond ETF 258.34 11,940.33 2.21%
XLU Utilities Select Sector SPDR Fund 215.14 7,875.10 2.81%
XIV VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short-Term ETN 214.37 1,153.12 22.84%

Top 10 Redemptions (All ETFs)

Ticker Name Net Flows ($,mm) AUM ($, mm) AUM % Change
QQQ PowerShares QQQ Trust -1,033.62 50,925.70 -1.99%
HYG iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF -910.61 17,804.55 -4.87%
XLY Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund -893.68 11,506.71 -7.21%
XLV Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund -580.04 17,112.87 -3.28%
MDY SPDR S&P Midcap 400 ETF Trust -510.06 17,381.45 -2.85%
SMH VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF -419.48 629.07 -40.01%
XLP Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR Fund -313.33 8,116.06 -3.72%
XLI Industrial Select Sector SPDR Fund -295.77 11,590.55 -2.49%
IVV iShares Core S&P 500 ETF -232.81 121,008.63 -0.19%
IWD iShares Russell 1000 Value ETF -230.39 35,478.04 -0.65%

ETF Weekly Flows By Asset Class

  Net Flows ($, mm) AUM ($, mm) % of AUM
U.S. Equity 543.40 1,675,810.91 0.03%
International Equity 935.50 705,709.77 0.13%
U.S. Fixed Income 831.44 496,044.83 0.17%
International Fixed Income 129.11 53,399.87 0.24%
Commodities 343.50 62,912.48 0.55%
Currency 15.73 1,420.78 1.11%
Leveraged 384.18 28,690.20 1.34%
Inverse 354.93 17,883.54 1.98%
Asset Allocation 31.79 7,339.13 0.43%
Alternatives 312.84 3,300.43 9.48%
Total: 3,882.44 3,052,511.94 0.13%

Top 10 Volume Surprises, Funds >$50 mm AUM

Ticker Name Average Volume
(30 Day)
1 Week Average
Volume
% of Average
IBCD iShares iBonds Mar 2020 Term Corporate ex-Financials ETF 17,318 90,752 524.03%
INXX Columbia India Infrastructure ETF 33,667 126,051 374.41%
DFJ WisdomTree Japan SmallCap Dividend Fund 80,433 235,185 292.40%
IAGG iShares Core International Aggregate Bond ETF 64,369 190,994 296.72%
GIGB Goldman Sachs Access Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF 114,197 261,808 229.26%
LRGF iShares Edge MSCI Multifactor USA ETF 193,625 873,602 451.18%
FIEU Credit Suisse FI Enhanced Europe 50 ETN 1,084 2,637 243.24%
CATH Global X S&P 500 Catholic Values 16,426 32,129 195.60%
DGRW WisdomTree US Quality Dividend Growth Fund 230,948 567,202 245.60%
FVL First Trust Value Line 100 ETF 5,860 12,250 209.05%

 

Disclaimer: All data as of 6 a.m. Eastern time the date the article is published. Data is believed to be accurate; however, transient market data is often subject to subsequent revision and correction by the exchanges.

 

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