Bonds & Gold Fuel Weekly ETF Inflows

Investors added $12.5 billion to U.S.-listed ETFs this week.

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

U.S.-listed ETFs continud their streak of gathering assets, as another $12.5 billion flowed into the space this week. On net, year-to-date inflows now stand at $242.7 billion, according to the latest data from FactSet. That's ahead of the $143.2 billion seen at this same time last year.

The S&P 500 hit a 5-month high this week, but ETF investors were net sellers of U.S. equities. A modest $34 million flowed out of that segment during the week ending Thursday, July 23.

International equity ETFs fared better, picking up $2.1 billion of fresh inflows. At the same time, investors continued racing into U.S. fixed income ETFs and gold.

Weekly inflows for U.S. fixed income ETFs totaled $7 billion, led by flows into the iShares iBoxx USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (HYG), the iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF (AGG) and the iShares iBoxx USD Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF (LQD).

AGG and LQD rallied to record highs this week, while HYG hit its loftiest level since March. The U.S. 10-year Treasury bond yield hovered just above record lows, while the 5-year Treasury yield hit all-time lows (bond prices and yields move inversely). Credit spreads continued to narrow.

Inflows For Precious Metals ETFs

Fixed income wasn't the only asset class benefiting from safe haven inflows. The SPDR Gold Trust (GLD), the iShares Silver Trust (SLV) and the iShares Gold Trust (IAU) all made the top creations list for the week as investors piled into precious metals.

Gold futures closed at a record high on Friday, while silver traded at a seven-year high

For a full list of this week's top inflows and outflows, see the tables below:

Top 10 Creations (All ETFs)

TickerNameNet Flows ($,mm)AUM ($, mm)AUM % Change
GLDSPDR Gold Trust1,182.7273,062.411.62%
QQQInvesco QQQ Trust930.84124,551.270.75%
HYGiShares iBoxx USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF860.1029,339.842.93%
SLViShares Silver Trust764.2312,427.866.15%
IAUiShares Gold Trust717.9928,523.142.52%
AGGiShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF665.7578,480.840.85%
IWMiShares Russell 2000 ETF648.5840,385.371.61%
JNKSPDR Bloomberg Barclays High Yield Bond ETF626.0212,251.115.11%
LQDiShares iBoxx USD Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF450.7857,734.460.78%
IVViShares Core S&P 500 ETF422.63206,178.350.20%


Top 10 Redemptions (All ETFs)

TickerNameNet Flows ($,mm)AUM ($, mm)AUM % Change
FTCSFirst Trust Capital Strength ETF-1,056.775,602.41-18.86%
VOOVanguard S&P 500 ETF-818.00155,239.40-0.53%
SPYSPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust-805.91291,225.17-0.28%
BILSPDR Bloomberg Barclays 1-3 Month T-Bill ETF-453.0914,823.42-3.06%
DIASPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF Trust-411.5022,438.38-1.83%
XLREReal Estate Select Sector SPDR Fund-397.512,955.18-13.45%
XLFFinancial Select Sector SPDR Fund-395.7017,637.71-2.24%
TLTiShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF-350.2619,847.03-1.76%
IWFiShares Russell 1000 Growth ETF-345.2157,598.15-0.60%
USMViShares Edge MSCI Min Vol U.S.A. ETF-334.9934,876.16-0.96%


ETF Weekly Flows By Asset Class

 Net Flows ($, mm)AUM ($, mm)% of AUM
U.S. Equity-33.522,573,168.70-0.00%
International Equity2,116.09839,773.510.25%
U.S. Fixed Income6,965.12904,059.650.77%
International Fixed Income940.3896,773.900.97%
Asset Allocation129.7010,412.851.25%


Asset Classes (Year-to-Date)

 Net Flows ($, mm)AUM ($, mm)% of AUM
U.S. Equity72,373.522,573,168.702.81%
International Equity-4,358.53839,773.51-0.52%
U.S. Fixed Income113,346.79904,059.6512.54%
International Fixed Income7,203.3496,773.907.44%
Asset Allocation543.0810,412.855.22%


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

TickerNameWeekly PerformanceWeekly VolumeAUM ($, mm)
CHIMGlobal X MSCI China Materials ETF6.71%3,4141.78
SILJETFMG Prime Junior Silver Miners ETF6.57%4,713,900434.92
WCLDWisdomTree Cloud Computing Fund5.21%1,241,512614.85
CLOUGlobal X Cloud Computing ETF4.96%2,580,6381,008.16
ARKWARK Next Generation Internet ETF4.88%967,4281,914.59
SILGlobal X Silver Miners ETF4.86%1,850,210974.05
SLVPiShares MSCI Global Silver Miners ETF4.75%881,010208.16
BUYZFranklin Disruptive Commerce ETF4.58%22,30411.51
KGRNKraneShares MSCI China Environment Index ETF4.48%4,9663.85
REMXVanEck Vectors Rare Earth/Strategic Metals ETF4.39%475,755127.65


Top 10 YTD Performers

TickerNameYTD PerformanceWeekly PerformanceAUM ($, mm)
VXXiPath Series B S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN98.88%-4.54%865.23
XVZiPath S&P 500 Dynamic VIX ETN98.60%0.03%7.78
VIXYProShares VIX Short-Term Futures ETF97.91%-4.63%232.25
VIXMProShares VIX Mid-Term Futures ETF84.92%-2.68%65.57
VXZiPath Series B S&P 500 VIX Mid-Term Futures ETN84.56%-2.59%29.35
ARKWARK Next Generation Internet ETF65.81%4.88%1,914.59
ARKGARK Genomic Revolution ETF64.89%2.57%1,669.59
ARKKARK Innovation ETF60.78%4.17%6,188.40
CLIXProShares Long Online/Short Stores ETF58.88%4.15%221.32
ONLNProShares Online Retail ETF55.26%3.55%225.75


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, 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, 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, with a particular focus on stock and bond exchange-traded funds.

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