As the first half of the year ends we take a look back at which exchange traded funds have performed the best and which ones have seen money withdrawn.
Notable macro highlights of the first half of the year include Janet Yellen taking the helm at the Federal Reserve in February, in the same month tensions between the Ukraine and Russia rose following the Ukrainian revolution. In May, the European elections took place, and in June the European Central Bank cut its deposit rate for banks from zero to -0.1percent and it also cut its benchmark interest rate to 0.15percent from 0.25percent.
Looking at the flows into ETFs it seems that investors were still on the hunt for income buying into equities and fixed income, but they were conscious of cost and exited the more expensive ETFs in favour for their cheaper counterparts.
Here we list the top ten winners and losers by flows in the first six months of the year, according to data from BlackRock.
1.) Vanguard S&P 500 UCITS ETF
Bloomberg ticker: VUSA LN
Inflows in the first six months $1.5 billion
Total AUM: $4.4 billion
Total Expense Ratio (TER): 9 basis points (bps)
2.) iShares Core S&P 500 UCITS ETF
Bloomberg ticker: CSSPX SW
Inflows in the first six months: $1.3 billion
Total AUM: $2.94 billion
3.) iShares J.P. Morgan $ Emerging Markets Bond UCITS ETF
Bloomberg ticker: SEMB LN
Inflows in the first six months: $1.14 billion
Total AUM: $4.1
4.) iShares Core Euro Corporate Bond UCITS ETF
Bloomberg ticker: IEBC LN
Inflows in the first six months: $1.1 billion
Total AUM: $4.8billion