Investors Pile Into Bond ETFs For Week

Investors bought bonds last week, as geopolitical issues took their toll on equity prices.
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Investors bought bonds last week, as geopolitical issues took their toll on equity prices.

Investors added $1.8 billion to the ETF market in the past week ended Thursday, July 17, but tensions between Israel and Palestine and the downing of a commercial airliner in Ukraine yanked stock prices lower, pulling U.S.-listed ETF assets downward too.

The majority of new assets flowed into fixed-income funds, specifically U.S. fixed income. They gathered more than $1 billion. U.S. equities shed $637 million, while international equity funds collected $744 million.

Total ETF assets stood at more than $1.835 trillion as of Thursday, July 17, according to data compiled by’s data screener. The S&P 500 Index’s 0.33 percent decrease pulled assets lower from $1.862 trillion at the end of the prior week.

Markets were hit hard in the previous session, fueled by new geopolitical tensions surrounding Russia and the missile attack on a Malaysian commercial airliner that killed 295 people on board.

Last week’s most popular fund was the iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond (IEF | A-51), which pulled in $1.6 billion, while the week’s least popular fund was another iShares product, the iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM | A-80), which redeemed about $2 billion.

Top 10 Creations (All ETFs)

TickerNameNet Flows ($,mm)AUM ($, mm)AUM % Change
IEFiShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond1,561.096,146.1434.05%
IVViShares Core S&P 5001,363.5958,256.842.40%
MDYSPDR S&P MidCap 400877.9615,865.745.86%
VNQIVanguard Global ex-U.S. Real Estate500.742,043.6532.45%
EEMiShares MSCI Emerging Markets356.9541,243.400.87%
SSOProShares Ultra S&P 500346.952,125.6519.51%
USTProShares Ultra 7-10 Year Treasury339.21366.321,251.27%
QQQPowerShares QQQ314.1245,554.630.69%
IYRiShares U.S. Real Estate272.324,821.845.99%
FLOTiShares Floating Rate Bond218.223,801.186.09%

Top 10 Redemptions (All ETFs)

TickerNameNet Flows ($,mm)AUM ($, mm)AUM % Change
IWMiShares Russell 2000-2,021.5423,255.82-8.00%
IJHiShares Core S&P Mid-Cap-1,394.0622,803.41-5.76%
HYGiShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond-705.9512,753.09-5.25%
SPYSPDR S&P 500-598.45171,720.81-0.35%
HYSPIMCO 0-5 Year High Yield Corporate Bond-570.254,549.64-11.14%
DXJWisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity-569.9210,094.07-5.34%
XLEEnergy Select SPDR-471.1511,897.73-3.81%
MVVProShares Ultra MidCap 400-433.61832.50-34.25%
IBBiShares Nasdaq Biotechnology-326.044,595.72-6.62%
UWMProShares Ultra Russell 2000-307.86904.28-25.40%

ETF Weekly Flows By Asset Class

 Net Flows ($, mm)AUM ($, mm)% of AUM
U.S. Equity-637.181,007,328.26-0.06%
International Equity744.16450,648.440.17%
U.S. Fixed Income1,049.84254,292.020.41%
International Fixed Income121.8824,950.870.49%
Asset Allocation22.844,918.260.46%

Top 10 Volume Surprises, Funds >$50 mm AUM

TickerNameAverage Volume
(30 Day)
1 Week Average
% of Average
PWCPowerShares Dynamic Market75,4052,052,469544.38%
IWLiShares Russell Top 20012,932276,774428.03%
VTWGVanguard Russell 2000 Growth17,306357,166412.76%
XARSPDR Aerospace & Defense6,164114,871372.69%
GRICohen & Steers Global Realty Majors8,226130,547317.40%
EWKiShares MSCI Belgium Capped213,9513,070,944287.07%
IGNiShares North American Tech-Multimedia Networking37,903494,704261.04%
EMCBWisdomTree Emerging Markets Corporate Bond9,109115,094252.70%
IDOGALPS International Sector Dividend Dogs49,435548,323221.84%
RYJGuggenheim Raymond James SB-1 Equity72,345801,796221.66%

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

TickerNameWeekly PerformanceWeekly VolumeAUM ($, mm)
VXXiPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN4.72%185,027,0241,097.34
VIXYProShares VIX Short-Term4.61%4,704,287108.22
UAEiShares MSCI UAE Capped4.55%113,43357.13
VIIXVelocityShares VIX Short Term ETN4.47%287,8087.54
FOILiPath Pure Beta Aluminum ETN3.67%6,6843.02
QATiShares MSCI Qatar Capped3.59%369,81234.64
CHIIGlobal X China Industrials3.18%3,4363.08
CHXFWisdomTree China Dividend ex-Financials3.09%11,83818.92
CHXXEGShares China Infrastructure3.04%44,3798.26
EDVVanguard Extended Duration Treasury3.04%194,238229.43

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

TickerNameWeekly PerformanceWeekly VolumeAUM ($, mm)
RSXMarket Vectors Russia-7.59%39,779,6861,577.90
XBISPDR S&P Biotech-7.58%3,654,274976.58
ERUSiShares MSCI Russia Capped-7.24%2,260,412321.27
GRWNiPath Pure Beta Softs ETN-6.87%1,0440.87
RBLSPDR S&P Russia-6.78%64,65924.91
GAZiPath Dow Jones-UBS Natural Gas Total Return ETN-5.60%164,66625.07
ESRiShares MSCI Emerging Markets Eastern Europe-5.36%53,469140.30
RSXJMarket Vectors Russia Small-Cap-5.07%431,83255.78
BBHMarket Vectors Biotech-5.06%474,927486.06
IBBiShares Nasdaq Biotechnology-4.86%9,101,7454,595.72

Top 10 YTD Performers

TickerNameYTD PerformanceWeekly PerformanceAUM ($, mm)
JNUGDirexion Daily Junior Gold Miners Bull 3X97.252.09262.83
NUGTDirexion Daily Gold Miners Bull 3X76.653.07837.73
DRNDirexion Daily Real Estate Bull 3x64.261.1293.36
SOXLDirexion Daily Semiconductor Bull 3X63.07-3.82106.95
INDLDirexion Daily India Bull 3X55.78-3.0070.87
DDPPowerShares DB Commodity Short ETN53.962.882.25
AGAPowerShares DB Agriculture Double Short ETN51.942.872.16
USDProShares Ultra Semiconductors51.363.5136.20
SILJPureFunds ISE Junior Silver (Small Cap Miners/Explorers)51.191.449.07
GLDXGlobal X Gold Explorers50.91-0.8454.04

Bottom 10 YTD Performers

TickerNameYTD PerformanceWeekly PerformanceAUM ($, mm)
JDSTDirexion Daily Junior Gold Miners Bear 3X-85.49-10.9866.70
DUSTDirexion Daily Gold Miners Bear 3X-65.61-5.31237.25
CVOLC-Tracks Citi Volatility ETN-61.47-0.765.24
TVIXVelocityShares Daily 2X VIX Short Term ETN-57.876.40168.42
UVXYProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures-57.118.03290.09
DGAZVelocityShares 3X Inverse Natural Gas ETN-52.269.90335.49
SOXSDirexion Daily Semiconductor Bear 3X-46.913.2121.91
RUSLDirexion Daily Russia Bull 3X-46.45-21.3359.50
DRVDirexion Daily Real Estate Bear 3x-43.88-1.909.40
BRZSDirexion Daily Brazil Bear 3x-39.31-0.744.47

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