Anyone following the ETF industry knows about the record-breaking inflows this year. If you haven't been keeping up, year-to-date inflows are $274 billion as of July 31, according to the latest ETF.com monthly flows data, courtesy of FactSet.
That's just shy of the $287.5 billion worth of inflows seen during the entirety of 2016, which itself was an annual record.
Our monthly flows report also lists the top ETF asset gainers for the year, and it's chock full of familiar names. Every ETF in the top 10 is issued by iShares or Vanguard, and each has at least $15 billion in assets under management. You won't find any up-and-coming ETFs on that list.
Most of this year's inflows are going to just a handful of giant ETFs. As a recent FactSet report points out, a mere 20 funds captured half the inflows in 2017. That's astounding―and great news for those funds―but that still leaves the other 2,000 ETFs, whose flows don't garner nearly as much attention.
Here we'll shine a spotlight on some of those lesser-known ETFs. Each of the funds on this list has at least $100 million in assets, has seen sizable inflows in 2017 and is "interesting" to us.
Futuristic Tech ETFs In Vogue
Technology is the top-performing sector of the stock market this year. That strong performance has translated into growing enthusiasm for a few tech-themed ETFs, which focus on cutting-edge technology companies.
The Global X Robotics & Artificial Intelligence ETF (BOTZ) and the ROBO Global Robotics and Automation Index ETF (ROBO) are two of those funds. Just based on their names, these ETFs certainly capture the imagination, so it's easy to see why investors are quickly scooping them up.
Currently, BOTZ has $270 million in assets, compared with a mere $4 million at the start of the year. ROBO has assets of $856 million, compared with $135 million at the start of the year.
For investors interested in investing in futuristic tech stocks―and the high risk/high reward that comes with them―BOTZ and ROBO certainly fit the bill.
A third fund that fits that bill is the PureFunds ISE Mobile Payments ETF (IPAY), which saw its name change Tuesday to ETFMG Prime Mobile Payments. Mobile payments are a trendy theme, and investors have been taking notice; assets in the fund nearly tripled—from around $50 million to $150 million—over the course of the year.
|BOTZ||Global X Robotics & Artificial Intelligence ETF||4||270||245|
|ROBO||ROBO Global Robotics and Automation Index ETF||135||856||625|
|IPAY||PureFunds ISE Mobile Payments ETF||52||146||74|