ETF Inflows Top $117B

Strong interest in everything from IVV to ARKK bolstered weekly inflows.

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Reviewed by: Sumit Roy
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Stock markets kept rolling to the upside this week as investors continued pouring money into ETFs. On net, $36.3 billion flowed into U.S.-listed ETFs during the week ending Thursday, Feb. 11. That was enough to push year-to-date inflows up to $117.4 billion, above the $89.1 billion seen at this same time a year ago.

U.S. equity ETFs were the top destination for new money during the week ($24.7 billion of inflows), but international equity ETFs also saw strong demand ($9.8 billion of inflows), maintaining their lead on a year-to-date basis ($50.1 billion versus $36.7 billion).

That’s been the nature of this year’s rally—almost everything is performing well and seeing strong interest. And that’s reflected in this week’s flows data as well.

Everything from the passive iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (IVV), with weekly inflows of $7.3 billion, to the actively managed ARK Innovation ETF (ARKK), with inflows of $1.2 billion, is gathering money.

Ark Invest Enters Issuer Top 7

Ark Invest is worth discussing a bit more. A few weeks back, I wrote about how the firm broke into the top 10 issuer list; this week, ARK broke into the top seven.

According to the latest ETF.com League Table, ARK has $57.6 billion in assets under management, ahead of VanEck, J.P. Morgan and ProShares, each of which have $52 billion to $56 billion.

The next big leap for Ark may be harder to come by. First Trust, with $120.8 billion in assets, is next on the League Table, followed by Schwab and Invesco, with AUM of $213.2 billion and $313.1 billion, respectively.

Nevertheless, it’s hard to overstate just how impressive Ark’s run during the past year has been. At the start of 2021, the firm had ETF assets under management of $34.1 billion, while at the beginning of 2020, it had just $3.2 billion.

The firm has done a phenomenal job of capturing investors’ imaginations through its investments in futuristic themes, which have delivered eye-popping returns. The flagship ARKK is already up 25% so far this year, adding to 2020’s 152.8% gain.

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
IVViShares Core S&P 500 ETF7,225.97252,980.712.86%
SPYSPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust5,608.86337,191.141.66%
IWMiShares Russell 2000 ETF2,359.0968,799.893.43%
ARKKARK Innovation ETF1,241.7527,282.584.55%
QQQInvesco QQQ Trust904.72159,562.290.57%
UVXYProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures ETF863.692,595.3033.28%
ARKWARK Next Generation Internet ETF815.118,757.559.31%
VOOVanguard S&P 500 ETF694.03196,752.360.35%
ARKFARK Fintech Innovation ETF688.413,986.2017.27%
XLEEnergy Select Sector SPDR Fund680.4218,589.103.66%

 

Top 10 Redemptions (All ETFs)

TickerNameNet Flows ($,mm)AUM ($, mm)AUM % Change
HYGiShares iBoxx USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF-1,199.6422,579.75-5.31%
GLDSPDR Gold Trust-1,007.5167,661.08-1.49%
LQDiShares iBoxx USD Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF-824.3749,914.95-1.65%
SLViShares Silver Trust-767.1517,165.59-4.47%
XLPConsumer Staples Select Sector SPDR Fund-699.8510,914.10-6.41%
JNKSPDR Bloomberg Barclays High Yield Bond ETF-678.6010,617.79-6.39%
XLVHealth Care Select Sector SPDR Fund-514.1924,755.40-2.08%
TQQQProShares UltraPro QQQ-490.0810,869.89-4.51%
SDYSPDR S&P Dividend ETF-463.7617,163.66-2.70%
XLBMaterials Select Sector SPDR Fund-447.446,159.43-7.26%

 

ETF Weekly Flows By Asset Class

 Net Flows ($, mm)AUM ($, mm)% of AUM
U.S. Equity24,717.123,325,763.330.74%
International Equity9,789.931,181,532.310.83%
U.S. Fixed Income1,051.67985,731.050.11%
International Fixed Income1,743.73129,983.291.34%
Commodities-1,421.49144,944.96-0.98%
Currency-14.822,027.73-0.73%
Leveraged-124.8469,772.93-0.18%
Inverse338.5011,519.742.94%
Asset Allocation88.1614,196.200.62%
Alternatives111.686,146.821.82%
Total:36,279.645,871,618.370.62%

 

Asset Classes (Year-to-Date)

 Net Flows ($, mm)AUM ($, mm)% of AUM
U.S. Equity36,676.153,325,763.331.10%
International Equity50,093.461,181,532.314.24%
U.S. Fixed Income20,095.17985,731.052.04%
International Fixed Income6,945.00129,983.295.34%
Commodities1,242.25144,944.960.86%
Currency114.572,027.735.65%
Leveraged-975.6169,772.93-1.40%
Inverse2,123.7911,519.7418.44%
Asset Allocation518.8114,196.203.65%
Alternatives569.006,146.829.26%
Total:117,402.605,871,618.372.00%

 

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

TickerNameWeekly PerformanceWeekly VolumeAUM ($, mm)
KALLKraneShares MSCI All China Index ETF0.00%72,89726.27
AAAAAF First Priority CLO Bond ETF0.00%1,77910.04
AAXJiShares MSCI All Country Asia ex Japan ETF0.00%1,200,6857,007.43
ABEQAbsolute Core Strategy ETF0.00%5,95338.91
ACESALPS Clean Energy ETF0.00%138,4541,208.11
ACIOAptus Collared Income Opportunity ETF0.00%43,155187.27
ACTVLeaderShares Activist Leaders ETF0.00%2,66255.87
ACVFAmerican Conservative Values ETF0.00%1,43155.87
ACWFiShares MSCI Global Multifactor ETF0.00%20,45893.99
ACWIiShares MSCI ACWI ETF0.00%3,500,60815,098.51

 

Top 10 YTD Performers

TickerNameYTD PerformanceWeekly PerformanceAUM ($, mm)
VFINSimplify Volt Fintech Disruption ETF7,178.38%0.00%3.93
POTXGlobal X Cannabis ETF189.90%0.00%309.38
THCXThe Cannabis ETF136.72%0.00%241.82
MJETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF131.43%0.00%2,601.40
CNBSAmplify Seymour Cannabis ETF128.65%0.00%153.35
TOKECambria Cannabis ETF83.59%0.00%40.25
YOLOAdvisorShares Pure Cannabis ETF79.76%0.00%468.75
MJJMicroSectors Cannabis Index ETN56.69%0.00%63.70
PRNT3D Printing ETF52.05%0.00%713.34
MSOSAdvisorShares Pure US Cannabis ETF50.82%0.00%977.81

 

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.