ETFs Step Closer To New Asset Record

Investors added $10.9 billion to U.S.-listed ETFs this week. 

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

ETF inflows continued on a record pace during the first week of December, as soaring stocks gave investors the confidence to put their money to work in the markets.

On net, investors added $10.9 billion to U.S.-listed ETFs during the week ending Thursday, Dec. 3. The week included three days in December and two days in November, a month that saw a record $91 billion of new money enter ETFs. 

The early data from December suggests that investors remain bullish, putting 2020 on track to be the greatest year for ETF inflows. As of Dec. 3, year-to-date inflows stood at $441.6 billion. That compares to $280.2 billion at this same time a year ago and $476.1 billion at the end of 2017, the year that saw the most inflows ever. 

Int'l Equity ETFs Lead 

During this latest week, U.S. equity ETFs continued to see interest as the S&P 500 hit multiple record highs. U.S. equity ETFs picked up $1.7 billion of fresh cash during the period, led by a $1.1 billion inflow for the Invesco QQQ Trust (QQQ).

That said, international equity ETFs, with inflows of $6.2 billion, were the most popular funds of the week. U.S. fixed income ETFs, with weekly inflows of $3.5 billion, also saw interest.

After the aforementioned QQQ, the iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM), the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) and the iShares TIPS Bond ETF (TIP) were the most sought after ETFs of the week.

On the other hand, the Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (VOO) registered a sizable weekly outflow of $6.8 billion. Still, despite this week's selling, VOO holds the second-largest inflows for 2020 as a whole, equal to $19.3 billion. 

Top 10 Creations (All ETFs)

TickerNameNet Flows ($,mm)AUM ($, mm)AUM % Change
QQQInvesco QQQ Trust1,113.73146,942.740.76%
IWMiShares Russell 2000 ETF988.0651,889.111.90%
TLTiShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF653.4218,323.223.57%
TIPiShares TIPS Bond ETF591.7924,980.112.37%
VTIVanguard Total Stock Market ETF585.90191,462.000.31%
AGGiShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF530.9483,220.980.64%
XLFFinancial Select Sector SPDR Fund469.1823,023.432.04%
IVViShares Core S&P 500 ETF448.32238,142.030.19%
IEFAiShares Core MSCI EAFE ETF442.5181,159.000.55%
VCITVanguard Intermediate-Term Corporate Bond ETF434.5541,760.991.04%


Top 10 Redemptions (All ETFs)

TickerNameNet Flows ($,mm)AUM ($, mm)AUM % Change
VOOVanguard S&P 500 ETF-6,820.31172,422.96-3.96%
JNKSPDR Bloomberg Barclays High Yield Bond ETF-753.0712,610.09-5.97%
IEFiShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF-609.6815,625.36-3.90%
TQQQProShares UltraPro QQQ-552.849,492.76-5.82%
HYLBXtrackers USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF-334.626,833.49-4.90%
SPHBInvesco S&P 500 High Beta ETF-316.15429.92-73.54%
IAUiShares Gold Trust-306.1530,678.31-1.00%
GLDSPDR Gold Trust-283.9269,695.52-0.41%
XLPConsumer Staples Select Sector SPDR Fund-282.4513,620.73-2.07%
OEFiShares S&P 100 ETF-277.577,230.03-3.84%


ETF Weekly Flows By Asset Class

 Net Flows ($, mm)AUM ($, mm)% of AUM
U.S. Equity1,661.502,994,170.890.06%
International Equity6,220.90997,718.760.62%
U.S. Fixed Income3,504.33956,955.820.37%
International Fixed Income621.87118,705.790.52%
Asset Allocation83.5112,965.310.64%


Asset Classes (Year-to-Date)

 Net Flows ($, mm)AUM ($, mm)% of AUM
U.S. Equity143,851.692,994,170.894.80%
International Equity45,104.79997,718.764.52%
U.S. Fixed Income173,719.57956,955.8218.15%
International Fixed Income21,251.80118,705.7917.90%
Asset Allocation2,710.8512,965.3120.91%


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

TickerNameWeekly PerformanceWeekly VolumeAUM ($, mm)
SGDJSprott Junior Gold Miners ETF7.60%178,775115.22
SILJETFMG Prime Junior Silver Miners ETF7.14%4,988,294500.14
GOEXGlobal X Gold Explorers ETF7.04%50,48561.78
SLVPiShares MSCI Global Silver and Metals Miners ETF7.02%533,412215.72
DBSInvesco DB Silver Fund6.83%11,19023.73
SILGlobal X Silver Miners ETF6.81%2,187,632994.61
SBUGiPath Silver ETN6.48%2,82713.91
GREKGlobal X MSCI Greece ETF6.22%391,220153.12
SIVRAberdeen Standard Physical Silver Shares ETF6.12%2,361,206782.16
SLViShares Silver Trust6.08%85,484,54213,144.41


Top 10 YTD Performers

TickerNameYTD PerformanceWeekly PerformanceAUM ($, mm)
TANInvesco Solar ETF166.62%-3.86%2,709.80
PBWInvesco WilderHill Clean Energy ETF158.71%-7.57%1,603.38
QCLNFirst Trust NASDAQ Clean Edge Green Energy Index Fund147.91%-5.64%1,489.27
ARKGARK Genomic Revolution ETF147.23%4.09%4,314.76
ARKWARK Next Generation Internet ETF133.79%0.02%4,168.01
ARKKARK Innovation ETF124.46%0.50%13,397.04
KGRNKraneShares MSCI China Environment Index ETF113.36%-1.89%51.16
PBDInvesco Global Clean Energy ETF108.65%-2.62%219.99
IBUYAmplify Online Retail ETF105.39%-1.20%1,200.88
ACESALPS Clean Energy ETF104.12%-4.50%596.14


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.

He is the host of’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,’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.