Emerging Market ETFs See Strong Weekly Inflows

Investors plowed more than $9 billion into U.S.-listed ETFs this week, with much of that going into emerging market products.

Reviewed by: etf.com Staff
Edited by: etf.com Staff

August continues to be a strong month for ETF inflows. In the past week, investors added $9.1 billion into U.S.-listed ETFs, bringing total assets under management to $2.42 trillion, according to FactSet data.

U.S. equity ETFs led the way in the week ending Thursday, Aug. 18, garnering $4.5 billion worth of inflows. That was followed by international equity ETFs with $2.7 billion, U.S. fixed-income ETFs with $2.1 billion, and international fixed-income ETFs with $550 million.

In contrast, commodity ETFs had outflows of $570 million, and leveraged ETFs had outflows of $420 million.

Emerging Markets Popular

Once again, emerging market ETFs saw big interest from investors. The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM) was the fund with the largest inflows of the week, at $1.3 billion. Its cheaper sister fund, the iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (IEMG), had $520 million worth of inflows of its own, while its rival fund, the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (VWO), had nearly $500 million worth of inflows.

A few fixed-income ETFs also saw notable creations this week, including the iShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF (LQD), with inflows of just under $500 million. The broader iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF (AGG) had creations of $350 million.

GLD Tops Outflows List

On the other end of the spectrum, the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) topped all ETFs when it came to outflows. The inflows leader on a year-to-date basis fell out of favor this week, with redemptions totaling $710 million.

Another commodity-themed prodct to see selling was the VelocityShares 3x Long Crude Oil ETN (UWTI), with outflows of nearly $250 million. A sharp rally in crude oil prices may have compelled UWTI traders to take profits. 

Meanwhile, the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (DXJ), which has often found itself on the outflows list this year, continued to bleed assets this week. DXJ's outflows totaled $228 million.

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

Top 10 Creations (All ETFs)

TickerNameNet Flows ($,mm)AUM ($, mm)AUM % Change
EEMiShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF1,280.1431,257.934.27%
QQQPowerShares QQQ Trust660.8740,529.181.66%
IEMGiShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF516.8616,016.763.33%
LQDiShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF492.5132,727.601.53%
VWOVanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF489.4642,958.901.15%
VEAVanguard FTSE Developed Markets ETF431.4036,484.741.20%
SPYSPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust384.19199,260.560.19%
IVViShares Core S&P 500 ETF362.4379,063.340.46%
AGGiShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF348.5440,869.510.86%
XLFFinancial Select Sector SPDR Fund290.6115,864.281.87%

Top 10 Redemptions (All ETFs)

TickerNameNet Flows ($,mm)AUM ($, mm)AUM % Change
GLDSPDR Gold Trust-709.9241,281.69-1.69%
EFAiShares MSCI EAFE ETF-458.6659,943.68-0.76%
UWTIVelocityShares 3x Long Crude Oil ETN-242.501,446.21-14.36%
DXJWisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund-227.817,015.67-3.15%
USMViShares Edge MSCI Min Vol USA ETF-199.3214,891.31-1.32%
MDYSPDR S&P Midcap 400 ETF Trust-176.9517,101.53-1.02%
EZUiShares MSCI Eurozone ETF-155.608,579.17-1.78%
EWGiShares MSCI Germany ETF-150.513,742.24-3.87%
XBISPDR S&P BIOTECH ETF-149.022,158.31-6.46%
FXDFirst Trust Consumer Discretionary AlphaDEX Fund-148.141,795.29-7.62%

ETF Weekly Flows By Asset Class

 Net Flows ($, mm)AUM ($, mm)% of AUM
U.S. Equity4,537.091,331,046.780.34%
International Equity2,744.74511,770.160.54%
U.S. Fixed Income2,080.67400,192.910.52%
International Fixed Income545.8940,815.591.34%
Asset Allocation26.766,361.050.42%

Top 10 Volume Surprises, Funds >$50 mm AUM

TickerNameAverage Volume
(30 Day)
1 Week Average
% of Average
DGTSPDR Global Dow ETF4,60926,140567.14%
DBAWDeutsche X-trackers MSCI All World ex-US Hedged Equity ETF12,09357,095472.14%
RXIiShares Global Consumer Discretionary ETF27,063125,140462.41%
BIKSPDR S&P BRIC 40 ETF26,29993,095353.99%
HEWGiShares Currency Hedged MSCI Germany ETF1,289,0363,425,305265.73%
USCIUnited States Commodity Index Fund124,332335,673269.98%
IJTiShares S&P Small-Cap 600 Growth ETF129,572278,045214.59%
MDDSPDR S&P International Mid Cap ETF8,66923,082266.27%
IBCDiShares iBonds Mar 2020 Term Corporate ex-Financials ETF11,39528,313248.47%
BBRCEGShares Beyond BRICs ETF35,67158,425163.79%


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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