2020 ETF Inflows Top $350B After Strong Oct.

November 01, 2020

A rocky showing for global stocks didn't stop investors from adding to their ETF holdings in October. On net, $36.3 billion flowed into U.S.-listed ETFs during the month, pushing year-to-date inflows up to $354.4 billion. That compares to $225.8 billion at the end of last October.

The S&P 500 sagged 2.7% during October as investors weighed rising coronavirus cases and the upcoming presidential election against the potential for a vaccine later this year. Still, U.S. equity ETFs pulled in $5.6 billion of fresh cash during the month, led by the Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI) and the iShares ESG Aware MSCI USA ETF (ESGU).

International stocks also lagged in October, but they too picked up net inflows, to the tune of $8.6 billion. The Vanguard Total International Stock ETF (VXUS) led that segment, with inflows of $2.6 billion.

Fixed Income ETFs Unfazed

Meanwhile, U.S. fixed income ETFs maintained their position atop the flows charts for 2020. The segment had net inflows of $19 billion during October, with $2 billion heading into the Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF (BND) and $1.6 billion heading into the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT).

Those inflows came in the face of a sell-off in Treasuries. The U.S. 10-year Treasury bond yield hit a four-month high during October, topping 0.87% for the first time since June (bond yields and prices move inversely).

Investors have been consistently adding to their U.S. fixed income ETF holdings throughout the year. The segment now has year-to-date inflows of $160 billion, outpacing the $91 billion that's gone into U.S. equity ETFs. 

For a full list of the top inflows and outflows for October and the year as a whole, see the tables below:

 

Top Gainers (October 2020)

Ticker Name Issuer Net Flows ($,mm) AUM ($M) % of AUM YTD 2020 Net Flows($,M)
VTI Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF Vanguard 3,759.84 163,635.35 2.30% 21,839.67
VXUS Vanguard Total International Stock ETF Vanguard 2,601.48 28,260.24 9.21% 11,078.92
BND Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF Vanguard 1,978.41 64,108.78 3.09% 13,269.44
ESGU iShares ESG Aware MSCI USA ETF Blackrock 1,961.49 10,478.23 18.72% 8,321.25
TLT iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF Blackrock 1,648.08 19,795.10 8.33% -561.87
MBB iShares MBS ETF Blackrock 1,487.75 23,829.24 6.24% 2,282.80
BNDX Vanguard Total International Bond ETF Vanguard 1,446.05 33,964.45 4.26% 8,735.84
EMB iShares JP Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF Blackrock 1,399.64 17,483.12 8.01% 2,332.86
VCSH Vanguard Short-Term Corporate Bond ETF Vanguard 1,383.69 34,127.37 4.05% 7,814.39
AGG iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF Blackrock 1,178.56 81,734.87 1.44% 9,290.68

 

Top Gainers (Year-to-Date)

Ticker Name Issuer Net Flows ($,mm) AUM ($M) % of AUM October 2020 Net Flows($,M)
VOO Vanguard S&P 500 ETF Vanguard 23,824.73 157,286.99 15.15% 216.27
VTI Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF Vanguard 21,839.67 163,635.35 13.35% 3,759.84
GLD SPDR Gold Trust State Street Global Advisors 20,307.24 75,623.38 26.85% -628.65
LQD iShares iBoxx USD Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF Blackrock 17,553.58 56,464.24 31.09% 1,150.75
QQQ Invesco QQQ Trust Invesco 15,929.60 130,921.16 12.17% -105.38
BND Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF Vanguard 13,269.44 64,108.78 20.70% 1,978.41
VCIT Vanguard Intermediate-Term Corporate Bond ETF Vanguard 12,218.37 39,497.68 30.93% 659.67
VXUS Vanguard Total International Stock ETF Vanguard 11,078.92 28,260.24 39.20% 2,601.48
IAU iShares Gold Trust Blackrock 9,586.69 31,680.34 30.26% 558.12
AGG iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF Blackrock 9,290.68 81,734.87 11.37% 1,178.56

 

Biggest Losers (October 2020)

Ticker Name Issuer Net Flows ($,mm) AUM ($M) % of AUM YTD 2020 Net Flows($,M)
SPY SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust State Street Global Advisors -7,354.70 280,255.43 -2.62% -31,510.79
EFA iShares MSCI EAFE ETF Blackrock -1,525.82 44,707.61 -3.41% -11,770.43
HYG iShares iBoxx USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF Blackrock -1,019.21 24,669.07 -4.13% 5,749.03
NEAR iShares Short Maturity Bond ETF Blackrock -997.43 4,398.61 -22.68% -2,036.59
BBEU JPMorgan BetaBuilders Europe ETF JPMorgan Chase -984.87 3,805.34 -25.88% 745.41
IYG iShares U.S. Financial Services ETF Blackrock -808.39 957.94 -84.39% -124.72
IJR iShares Core S&P Small-Cap ETF Blackrock -782.84 41,594.32 -1.88% 217.90
USMV iShares MSCI USA Min Vol Factor ETF Blackrock -694.03 32,244.99 -2.15% -2,507.81
GLD SPDR Gold Trust State Street Global Advisors -628.65 75,623.38 -0.83% 20,307.24
IGIB iShares 5-10 Year Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF Blackrock -603.86 10,910.46 -5.53% 940.73

 

Biggest Losers (Year-to-Date)

Ticker Name Issuer Net Flows ($,mm) AUM ($M) % of AUM October 2020 Net Flows($,M)
SPY SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust State Street Global Advisors -31,510.79 280,255.43 -11.24% -7,354.70
EFA iShares MSCI EAFE ETF Blackrock -11,770.43 44,707.61 -26.33% -1,525.82
IEMG iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF Blackrock -5,762.31 55,253.09 -10.43% 0.00
EEM iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF Blackrock -4,917.12 24,522.92 -20.05% 60.68
IJH iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap ETF Blackrock -4,615.92 43,918.24 -10.51% -370.93
FLOT iShares Floating Rate Bond ETF Blackrock -3,963.83 5,693.55 -69.62% 0.00
VWO Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF Vanguard -3,904.40 61,628.50 -6.34% 6.67
IWM iShares Russell 2000 ETF Blackrock -3,737.82 40,357.41 -9.26% 774.08
EWJ iShares MSCI Japan ETF Blackrock -3,231.84 10,471.86 -30.86% 647.57
IWF iShares Russell 1000 Growth ETF Blackrock -3,123.14 56,717.16 -5.51% -190.98

 

Asset Classes (October 2020)

  Net Flows ($, mm) AUM ($, mm) % of AUM
U.S. Equity 5,566.83 2,594,762.65 0.21%
International Equity 8,562.46 859,522.42 1.00%
U.S. Fixed Income 19,012.62 937,931.74 2.03%
International Fixed Income 3,461.14 112,837.15 3.07%
Commodities -333.53 144,862.20 -0.23%
Currency -295.43 1,926.84 -15.33%
Leveraged -544.83 34,945.15 -1.56%
Inverse 321.92 14,585.68 2.21%
Asset Allocation 290.08 11,842.95 2.45%
Alternatives 306.94 5,635.42 5.45%
Total: 36,348.19 4,718,852.21 0.77%

 

Asset Classes (Year-to-Date)

  Net Flows ($, mm) AUM ($, mm) % of AUM
U.S. Equity 90,934.04 2,594,762.65 3.50%
International Equity 22,673.41 859,522.42 2.64%
U.S. Fixed Income 159,618.04 937,931.74 17.02%
International Fixed Income 16,938.99 112,837.15 15.01%
Commodities 45,290.27 144,862.20 31.26%
Currency 589.59 1,926.84 30.60%
Leveraged 2,774.05 34,945.15 7.94%
Inverse 13,183.01 14,585.68 90.38%
Asset Allocation 2,341.83 11,842.95 19.77%
Alternatives 76.55 5,635.42 1.36%
Total: 354,419.77 4,718,852.21 7.51%

 

October 2020 ETF Issuer League Table

Issuer Net Flows ($,M) AUM ($,M) % of AUM YTD 2020 Net Flows($,M)
Blackrock 11,241.31 1,764,452.82 0.64% 79,785.85
Vanguard 18,880.43 1,290,577.51 1.46% 151,011.58
State Street Global Advisors -4,263.17 736,618.77 -0.58% 20,413.81
Invesco -574.12 252,305.37 -0.23% 10,514.97
Charles Schwab 1,020.13 168,152.60 0.61% 9,246.20
First Trust 945.72 95,060.67 0.99% 8,955.98
VanEck 308.91 46,466.49 0.66% 1,197.24
ProShares 1,167.10 43,510.20 2.68% 16,139.94
JPMorgan Chase 710.81 39,461.34 1.80% 10,609.88
WisdomTree 125.51 33,109.86 0.38% -1,948.51
PIMCO 594.34 24,748.15 2.40% 2,665.21
Fidelity 467.04 19,752.67 2.36% 2,868.50
Goldman Sachs 169.65 19,307.72 0.88% 1,923.39
Deutsche Bank 967.17 18,271.51 5.29% 2,591.03
ARK 2,074.08 17,569.27 11.81% 9,440.37
Mirae Asset 689.89 15,058.38 4.58% 3,741.98
Direxion -648.97 14,286.93 -4.54% 5,698.47
Northern Trust 45.13 12,810.98 0.35% -1,562.87
Franklin Templeton 65.47 7,983.83 0.82% 2,410.28
Aberdeen Standard Investments 8.06 5,898.46 0.14% 2,000.12
SS&C 72.22 5,715.10 1.26% -1,530.32
Pacer Advisors 103.50 5,225.75 1.98% 101.30
CICC 465.01 5,177.22 8.98% 1,426.80
Exchange Traded Concepts 138.30 4,878.27 2.84% 1,886.41
Victory Capital 85.49 4,850.91 1.76% -116.55
US Commodity Funds -455.09 4,471.67 -10.18% 5,212.25
John Hancock -15.79 4,311.77 -0.37% -148.87
ETFMG 113.56 3,943.83 2.88% 450.20
Innovator 148.56 3,764.50 3.95% 1,436.53
Janus Henderson 354.98 3,528.57 10.06% 2,050.37
Principal 28.10 3,449.27 0.81% 209.55
The Hartford -45.02 3,367.90 -1.34% -389.45
New York Life 127.70 3,364.59 3.80% 111.59
American Century Investments 155.15 2,860.14 5.42% 1,615.40
Barclays Capital Inc. 235.85 2,675.33 8.82% -1,238.42
Amplify Investments 193.66 2,219.58 8.72% 1,136.38
Nuveen Securities 51.52 2,064.36 2.50% 1,010.68
US Global Investors 132.16 1,840.93 7.18% 1,729.05
BMO 0.00 1,457.07 0.00% 550.86
GraniteShares -9.47 1,435.40 -0.66% 576.05
Toroso Investments 4.50 1,234.98 0.36% 702.24
Vident -17.26 1,204.20 -1.43% -269.59
Prudential 22.71 1,191.05 1.91% 309.80
O’Shares Investments 95.44 1,148.03 8.31% 322.11
Columbia Management Investment Advisers, LLC 68.10 935.46 7.28% 256.25
Davis Advisers -2.93 908.72 -0.32% 147.77
UBS -59.17 887.97 -6.66% -2,817.96
AdvisorShares 15.95 877.10 1.82% 271.50
Aptus Capital Advisors 78.39 867.53 9.04% 389.82
Cambria -16.55 795.09 -2.08% 228.28
Transamerica Funds 0.00 692.20 0.00% -49.43
Inspire 37.74 600.98 6.28% 147.59
Defiance ETFs 72.90 598.96 12.17% 387.84
Main Management -6.28 555.13 -1.13% 1.48
Virtus Investment Partners 0.05 542.59 0.01% -181.84
EMPIRICAL FINANCE LLC 34.89 536.70 6.50% 111.35
Credit Suisse Group AG 13.00 481.89 2.70% -1,550.25
Nationwide -3.17 443.45 -0.71% 65.67
The Motley Fool 4.95 434.69 1.14% 85.07
Merk 13.87 414.11 3.35% 175.36
BNY Mellon 18.29 364.67 5.02% 125.77
Al Marketing LLC -7.03 363.98 -1.93% -41.20
Sprott, Inc. 2.37 363.43 0.65% 48.25
Renaissance Capital 92.15 352.74 26.12% 270.40
Timothy Plan -2.95 327.62 -0.90% 86.67
WBI -5.31 319.35 -1.66% -112.28
Teucrium -46.01 318.59 -14.44% 135.86
Tortoise 6.10 302.51 2.02% -49.77
Liquid Strategies 6.88 265.79 2.59% 150.60
ClearShares 29.95 259.07 11.56% 57.78
Regents Park Funds -10.25 227.36 -4.51% 130.68
Howard Capital Management 5.02 227.02 2.21% 90.15
AGF -13.78 225.98 -6.10% 94.86
Reality Shares 10.00 212.65 4.70% 87.02
Swedish Export Credit -0.66 195.98 -0.34% -32.04
Citigroup Inc 0.28 189.07 0.15% 2.64
TrimTabs -5.36 184.12 -2.91% 46.33
Distillate Capital 3.56 177.65 2.01% 111.33
EntrepreneurShares, LLC -2.96 175.19 -1.69% 24.49
Roundhill Investments 7.16 175.11 4.09% 138.33
Redwood Investment Management 0.51 152.57 0.34% 45.89
Intangible Capital -0.01 152.57 -0.01% 1.33
Tuttle Tactical Management, LLC -3.39 123.14 -2.75% 104.92
Core Alternative Capital -2.63 119.82 -2.20% 11.79
Donald L. Hagan LLC 1.32 113.52 1.16% 106.09
Arrow Funds -2.80 103.02 -2.72% -9.85
Strategy Shares 13.58 101.36 13.39% 73.99
OBP Capital LLC 5.63 94.90 5.93% 33.47
T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. 8.02 87.11 9.21% 27.34
Gadsden 2.20 83.81 2.62% 28.29
Exponential ETFs -1.49 71.22 -2.10% 0.35
Cboe Vest Financial LLC 4.38 66.50 6.59% 18.62
Natixis -4.07 60.65 -6.70% -1.40
iM Global Partner -1.30 59.97 -2.18% 27.27
Pacific Life 0.00 55.22 0.00% 0.00
Highland Capital Management -10.99 50.10 -21.93% -215.22
Toews Corp. 0.00 49.66 0.00% 44.10
TrueMark Investments 2.65 49.05 5.41% 46.17
Wahed Invest LLC 0.00 48.50 0.00% 22.31
Premise Capital -2.74 48.49 -5.66% 11.15
Syntax Advisors 0.00 47.17 0.00% -31.26
Metaurus Advisors 0.00 46.86 0.00% 0.01
CornerCap Investment Counsel, Inc. 13.57 38.50 35.24% 40.19
Pettee Investors 1.55 34.72 4.46% 24.59
Advisors Asset Management 1.15 34.58 3.34% -3.07
Absolute Investment Advisers LLC 1.19 31.43 3.79% 31.16
ProcureAM 0.00 28.58 0.00% 19.21
Beyond Investing 3.08 27.98 11.01% 14.87
Belpointe Asset Management, LLC -0.59 27.31 -2.14% -21.27
Little Harbor Advisors 0.00 24.90 0.00% 25.92
Impact Shares 2.65 23.67 11.19% 10.30
Change Finance 1.30 22.69 5.72% 7.94
ETF Series Solutions 0.56 21.41 2.61% 8.14
AlphaMark Advisors 0.00 19.40 0.00% 0.00
UP Fintech Holding 0.00 16.83 0.00% 3.01
Neil Azous Revocable Trust -7.52 12.33 -60.99% -7.52
Esoterica 0.02 12.08 0.16% 4.18
Counterpoint Mutual Funds LLC 0.00 12.06 0.00% 12.90
The Leuthold Group LLC 0.68 11.86 5.73% 11.43
Alternative Access Funds LLC 2.48 9.95 24.96% 9.98
Truist 2.45 9.86 24.89% 9.08
Point Bridge Capital 0.00 8.14 0.00% -4.78
Sage 0.00 7.85 0.00% -10.50
Global Beta Advisors 0.00 6.52 0.00% -0.30
Water Island Capital Partners LP 0.00 6.52 -0.03% 3.75
EquBot 0.00 5.26 0.00% 1.56
Guinness Atkinson Asset Management 0.85 4.03 21.14% 1.04
SRN Advisors 0.00 2.62 0.00% 2.50
Whitford Asset Management -3.55 2.51 -141.66% -1.07
Simplify Asset Management Inc. 0.00 2.45 0.00% 0.00
Grace Partners of Dupage LP 0.00 2.05 0.00% -1.03

 

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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