'ARKK' Powers 2020 ETF Inflows Above $455B

2020 inflows close in on the 2017 record.

Senior ETF Analyst
Reviewed by: Sumit Roy
Edited by: Sumit Roy

ETF inflows for 2020 climbed ever closer to record highs this week as investors added $12.6 billion to the space. U.S. stocks pulled back slightly during the period, but sentiment remained ebullient as two big IPOs listed on Wednesday and Thursday. DoorDash and Airbnb jumped 86% and 113%, respectively, on their first days of trading, pushing their market capitalizations into the tens of billions (over $100 billion in the case of ABNB).

Year-to-date ETF inflows now stand at $455.1 billion, ahead of the $289.5 billion seen at this same time a year ago and not far from the all-time annual record haul of $476.1 billion set in 2017.

'ARKK' Assets Surge

This week’s top inflows list was mostly made up of familiar names. The Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI), the  Vanguard Value ETF (VTV)  and the iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) each picked up more than $1.1 billion of new money during the week ending Thursday, Dec. 10.

Meanwhile, the ARK innovation ETF (ARKK)  registered weekly inflows of $757 million, pushing its assets under management above $15 billion. As first noted by Bloomberg’s Eric Balchunas, ARKK is now the world’s largest actively managed ETF, surpassing the JPMorgan Ultra-Short Income ETF (JPST).

Assets in ARKK stood at less than $9 billion at the end of September and $1.85 billion at the end of 2019.

Outflows For 'GLD'

On the other side of the ledger, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY), the iShares iBoxx USD Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF (LQD)  and the  iShares iBoxx USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (HYG)  topped the outflows list for the week.

The high-flying  Invesco QQQ Trust (QQQ)  and the  SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) also shed more than $550 million of assets each.

For a full list of this week’s top inflow sand outflows, see the tables below:


Top 10 Creations (All ETFs)

TickerNameNet Flows ($,mm)AUM ($, mm)AUM % Change
VTIVanguard Total Stock Market ETF2,445.54194,992.541.25%
VTVVanguard Value ETF1,167.1261,731.261.89%
IWMiShares Russell 2000 ETF1,140.7054,853.652.08%
VXUSVanguard Total International Stock ETF948.3836,705.582.58%
TIPiShares TIPS Bond ETF809.0825,909.803.12%
IEMGiShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF766.5865,085.471.18%
ARKKARK Innovation ETF756.9315,064.265.02%
AGGiShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF706.5083,931.560.84%
BNDXVanguard Total International Bond ETF688.0336,028.861.91%
BNDVanguard Total Bond Market ETF677.1566,441.751.02%


Top 10 Redemptions (All ETFs)

TickerNameNet Flows ($,mm)AUM ($, mm)AUM % Change
SPYSPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust-6,318.18320,797.51-1.97%
LQDiShares iBoxx USD Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF-2,672.2255,158.34-4.84%
HYGiShares iBoxx USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF-1,646.9025,926.08-6.35%
QQQInvesco QQQ Trust-788.18145,080.83-0.54%
GLDSPDR Gold Trust-568.2869,852.53-0.81%
XLKTechnology Select Sector SPDR Fund-418.1936,376.65-1.15%
SHViShares Short Treasury Bond ETF-288.4518,566.05-1.55%
TQQQProShares UltraPro QQQ-284.159,615.91-2.96%
SHYiShares 1-3 Year Treasury Bond ETF-241.8019,981.85-1.21%
SMHVanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF-237.493,909.95-6.07%


ETF Weekly Flows By Asset Class

 Net Flows ($, mm)AUM ($, mm)% of AUM
U.S. Equity4,475.083,020,798.140.15%
International Equity6,569.241,017,231.570.65%
U.S. Fixed Income398.71958,281.810.04%
International Fixed Income1,240.42120,404.051.03%
Asset Allocation64.1413,088.280.49%


Asset Classes (Year-to-Date)

 Net Flows ($, mm)AUM ($, mm)% of AUM
U.S. Equity148,326.773,020,798.144.91%
International Equity51,680.321,017,231.575.08%
U.S. Fixed Income174,118.28958,281.8118.17%
International Fixed Income22,492.21120,404.0518.68%
Asset Allocation2,774.9913,088.2821.20%


Top 10 Weekly Performers, Excluding Leverage/Inverse Funds and <1,000 Shares Traded

TickerNameWeekly PerformanceWeekly VolumeAUM ($, mm)
IYCiShares U.S. Consumer Services ETF297.73%575,4781,184.93
IYWiShares U.S. Technology ETF294.17%1,942,4466,473.96
IDUiShares U.S. Utilities ETF100.34%168,406776.88
ITAiShares U.S. Aerospace & Defense ETF99.63%1,644,6713,011.95
IYJiShares U.S. Industrials ETF99.55%292,3571,242.81
IYYiShares Dow Jones U.S. ETF98.65%193,2281,408.20
SUSAiShares MSCI USA ESG Select ETF98.50%638,7122,158.50
DSIiShares MSCI KLD 400 Social ETF98.37%598,1392,551.20
IWPiShares Russell Mid-Cap Growth ETF98.29%2,668,62714,665.08
IYFiShares U.S. Financials ETF97.65%918,9151,405.14


Top 10 YTD Performers

TickerNameYTD PerformanceWeekly PerformanceAUM ($, mm)
ARKGARK Genomic Revolution ETF173.81%2.35%5,349.99
PBWInvesco WilderHill Clean Energy ETF162.86%0.45%1,684.76
TANInvesco Solar ETF160.42%-1.49%2,668.16
QCLNFirst Trust NASDAQ Clean Edge Green Energy Index Fund147.75%0.00%1,537.22
ARKWARK Next Generation Internet ETF142.47%0.41%4,634.39
ARKKARK Innovation ETF139.72%2.38%15,064.26
PBDInvesco Global Clean Energy ETF110.69%0.88%226.02
IPORenaissance IPO ETF108.56%-0.57%643.80
IBUYAmplify Online Retail ETF108.46%0.89%1,236.31
ACESALPS Clean Energy ETF105.92%-0.04%621.74


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.

Sumit Roy is the senior ETF analyst for etf.com, where he has worked for 13 years. He creates a variety of content for the platform, including news articles, analysis pieces, videos and podcasts.

Before joining etf.com, Sumit was the managing editor and commodities analyst for Hard Assets Investor. In those roles, he was responsible for most of the operations of HAI, a website dedicated to education about commodities investing.

Though he still closely follows the commodities beat, Sumit covers a much broader assortment of topics for etf.com, with a particular focus on stock and bond exchange-traded funds.

He is the host of etf.com’s Talk ETFs, a popular video series that features weekly interviews with thought leaders in the ETF industry. Sumit is also co-host of Exchange Traded Fridays, etf.com’s weekly podcast series.

He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he enjoys climbing the city’s steep hills, playing chess and snowboarding in Lake Tahoe.