Int'l Equity ETFs Most Popular In The Week

International equity ETFs attracted the bulk of fresh investor dollars in the past week ended Thursday, Aug. 13. Total U.S.-listed ETF assets hit $2.128 trillion.
Reviewed by: Staff
Edited by: Staff

Investors favored international equity ETFs over U.S.-focused funds roughly 2-to-1 in the past week, pouring more than $1.4 billion into the segment despite the shockwaves China's currency intervention triggered through global markets.

A look at the top ETF creations in the week ended Thursday, Aug. 13, show demand for exposure to European and Japanese equities stood out, with funds like the Vanguard FTSE Europe (VGK | A-97), the Deutsche X-trackers MSCI EAFE Hedged Equity ETF (DBEF | B-66) and the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity ETF (DXJ | B-66) among the most popular.

Perhaps more interesting is the fact that the iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (IEMG | A-99) was also among the week's top creations, with net inflows $172 million, putting the fund's asset gain in 2015 at $1.8 billion.

The net new assets came even as investors fretted about China's outlook. IEMG holds China as its biggest country allocation, at about 23 percent, and so far this year, the fund has struggled to find upside, posting losses of 7.2 percent year-to-date.

In all, investors poured a net of $2.25 billion into ETFs this week, bringing total U.S.-listed ETF assets to $2.128 trillion.

Top 10 Creations (All ETFs)

TickerNameNet Flows ($,mm)AUM ($, mm)AUM % Change
VGKVanguard FTSE Europe530.1415,867.343.46%
XLUUtilities Select SPDR522.276,873.638.22%
DBEFDeutsche X-trackers MSCI EAFE Hedged Equity ETF350.0314,450.682.48%
SPYSPDR S&P 500318.64176,385.990.18%
DXJWisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity317.8218,321.551.77%
IYRiShares U.S. Real Estate225.104,746.434.98%
XOPSPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production223.021,620.6115.96%
VTIVanguard Total Stock Market186.3356,586.530.33%
IEFiShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond181.227,073.612.63%
IEMGiShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets172.437,163.222.47%

Top 10 Redemptions (All ETFs)

TickerNameNet Flows ($,mm)AUM ($, mm)AUM % Change
QQQPowerShares QQQ-640.7939,541.16-1.59%
LQDiShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond-531.2220,455.99-2.53%
XLKTechnology Select SPDR-340.4012,438.69-2.66%
IBBiShares Nasdaq Biotechnology-294.459,141.43-3.12%
XLVHealth Care Select SPDR-270.9515,729.22-1.69%
HYGiShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond-225.2812,776.84-1.73%
EPIWisdomTree India Earnings-193.592,096.30-8.45%
EMBiShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond-184.214,686.77-3.78%
AAXJiShares MSCI All Country Asia ex Japan-172.803,211.46-5.11%
XLYConsumer Discretionary Select SPDR-168.8311,223.29-1.48%

ETF Weekly Flows By Asset Class

Net Flows ($, mm)AUM ($, mm)% of AUM
U.S. Equity667.731,175,979.750.06%
International Equity1,437.93517,655.320.28%
U.S. Fixed Income-255.86305,742.93-0.08%
International Fixed Income-244.8126,140.71-0.94%
Asset Allocation15.695,712.120.27%

Top 10 Volume Surprises, Funds >$50 mm AUM

TickerNameAverage Volume
(30 Day)
1 Week Average
% of Average
GSCGS Connect S&P GSCI Enhanced Commodity Total Return Strategy ETN27,382119,776437.42%
TWOKSPDR Russell 200010,30643,709424.10%
REKProShares Short Real Estate57,650229,151397.49%
CYBWisdomTree Chinese Yuan67,341257,416382.26%
QLTAiShares Aaa - A Rated Corporate Bond38,744135,738350.35%
GALSPDR SSgA Global Allocation38,824129,198332.78%
EIRLiShares MSCI Ireland Capped62,594200,308320.01%
IPESPDR Barclays TIPS39,272123,003313.21%
INCiShares U.S. Fixed Income Balanced Risk8692,550293.41%
LAGSPDR Barclays Aggregate Bond73,943215,740291.77%

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

TickerNameWeekly PerformanceWeekly VolumeAUM ($, mm)
GLDXGlobal X Gold Explorers12.53%237,99727.22
CAFEiPath Pure Beta Coffee ETN12.44%37,5945.79
SGDJSprott Junior Gold Miners12.26%95,45920.58
SILJPureFunds ISE Junior Silver (Small Cap Miners/Explorers)11.85%34,7654.04
SILGlobal X Silver Miners11.61%1,725,385151.92
JOiPath Bloomberg Coffee Subindex Total Return ETN11.49%1,219,771121.65
GDXJMarket Vectors Junior Gold Miners9.90%83,108,8981,251.30
SGDMSprott Gold Miners9.80%642,686121.04
GDXMarket Vectors Gold Miners9.50%422,341,1624,747.70
SLVPiShares MSCI Global Silver Miners8.94%141,85613.40

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

TickerNameWeekly PerformanceWeekly VolumeAUM ($, mm)
DIRTiPath Pure Beta Agriculture ETN-10.97%4,8551.47
SCINEGShares India Small Cap-9.05%22,95126.22
SCIFMarket Vectors India Small-Cap-8.14%375,058208.76
EIDOiShares MSCI Indonesia-8.08%3,500,388304.29
IDXMarket Vectors Indonesia-7.98%592,854105.00
EWMiShares MSCI Malaysia-7.66%11,535,627340.58
EGRWiShares MSCI Emerging Markets Growth-7.60%2,4229.70
INXXEGShares India Infrastructure-6.53%89,82047.91
FLNFirst Trust Latin America AlphaDex-6.51%1,8046.77
PGJPowerShares Golden Dragon China-6.51%150,803178.09

Top 10 YTD Performers

TickerNameYTD PerformanceWeekly PerformanceAUM ($, mm)
RODIBarclays Return on Disability ETN0.770.0027.63
CNXTMarket Vectors ChinaAMC SME-ChiNext0.581.9343.87
ASHSDeutsche X-trackers Harvest CSI 500 China-A Shares Small Cap ETF0.462.9743.72
DXJHWisdomTree Japan Hedged Health Care0.392.4510.72
BBPBioShares Biotechnology Products0.30-1.0830.50
DXJFWisdomTree Japan Hedged Financials0.28-0.4936.59
XBISPDR S&P Biotech0.25-2.102,505.51
DXJSWisdomTree Japan Hedged SmallCap Equity0.231.50207.29
PSCHPowerShares S&P SmallCap Health Care0.230.01270.61
IBBiShares Nasdaq Biotechnology0.21-0.629,141.43

Bottom 10 YTD Performers

TickerNameYTD PerformanceWeekly PerformanceAUM ($, mm)
CVOLC-Tracks Citi Volatility ETN-0.590.963.21
VIIXVelocityShares VIX Short Term ETN-0.49-0.827.94
VIXYProShares VIX Short-Term-0.49-0.65129.88
VXXiPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN-0.49-0.56905.77
GAZiPath Bloomberg Natural Gas Subindex Total Return ETN-0.390.0112.04
FCGFirst Trust ISE-Revere Natural Gas-0.376.25193.42
BRFMarket Vectors Brazil Small-Cap-0.37-1.2676.61
KOLMarket Vectors Coal-0.37-0.5361.85
EWZSiShares MSCI Brazil Small-Cap-0.37-1.0028.38
XMESPDR S&P Metals and Mining-0.362.45273.83

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