Painful Quarter Doesn't Stop ETF Inflows

October 01, 2015

Monthly Flows

In September, investors poured some $18 billion into ETFs, with the assets landing primarily into U.S. equity and U.S fixed-income funds. A look at the most popular and least popular ETFs in the month is relatively similar to the quarterly snapshot.

Perhaps the main difference was one of sentiment. September saw a small reprieve from what was considered a brutal month of August for U.S. stocks. Yes, the S&P 500 was still down 2.6 percent in September, but the bleeding wasn’t as dramatic as was August’s 6.2 percent market decline.

September also brought confirmation that the Fed is going to wait a little longer before raising rates.


September 2015 Top Gainers

Ticker Fund Issuer Flows AUM ($, M) Turnover
SPY SPDR S&P 500 SSgA 5,691.20 168,304.28 678,479.55
VOO Vanguard S&P 500 Vanguard 1,920.77 34,596.35 10,671.52
SHY iShares 1-3 Year Treasury Bond BlackRock 1,381.88 13,351.03 4,471.25
IWM iShares Russell 2000 BlackRock 1,263.49 25,331.93 90,761.41
EZU iShares MSCI EMU BlackRock 1,189.28 10,796.14 6,182.71
LQD iShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond BlackRock 1,022.98 22,063.79 8,141.78
IEF iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond BlackRock 961.19 8,932.94 4,210.52
EEM iShares MSCI Emerging Markets BlackRock 959.96 21,279.20 47,208.28
TLT iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond BlackRock 900.92 6,406.08 25,064.21
IBB iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology BlackRock 846.52 8,145.86 24,571.11


September 2015 Biggest Losers

Ticker Fund Issuer Flows AUM ($, M) Turnover
VWO Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets Vanguard -2,251.48 34,875.52 18,202.07
JNK SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond SSgA -827.97 8,914.64 7,251.64
VXX iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN Barclays Capital -753.70 667.25 47,724.60
DXJ WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity WisdomTree -591.07 14,932.06 8,071.93
XLF Financial Select SPDR SSgA -547.92 16,960.62 21,199.08
NUGT Direxion Daily Gold Miners Bull 3X Direxion -511.89 62.94 2,969.62
HEDJ WisdomTree Europe Hedged Equity WisdomTree -508.74 18,289.44 6,033.81
IVV iShares Core S&P 500 BlackRock -506.62 63,797.81 29,731.37
EWU iShares MSCI United Kingdom BlackRock -499.71 2,578.21 1,251.60
TZA Direxion Daily Small Cap Bear 3x Direxion -395.60 127.47 3,769.59


September 2015 Asset Classes

Net Flows ($, M) AUM ($, M) % of AUM
U.S. Equity 9,350.50 1,081,602.01 0.86%
International Equity -633.42 454,499.99 -0.14%
U.S. Fixed Income 8,848.20 319,974.96 2.77%
International Fixed Income 1,002.52 26,286.39 3.81%
Commodities -488.16 49,967.17 -0.98%
Currency 50.78 1,309.26 3.88%
Leveraged -133.26 21,250.93 -0.63%
Inverse 843.83 20,748.57 4.07%
Asset Allocation -25.49 5,352.23 -0.48%
Alternatives -791.87 3,008.00 -26.33%
Total: 18,023.61 1,983,999.51 0.91%

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