TLT Tops Weekly ETF Inflows List

TLT Tops Weekly ETF Inflows List

The long-term Treasury bond fund took in $1.1 billion last week.

Senior ETF Analyst
Reviewed by: Lisa Barr
Edited by: Lisa Barr

The iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) led all asset gatherers during the week ending April 21. The exchange-traded fund’s $1.1 billion worth of inflows was the largest among all U.S.-listed ETFs and made up a large portion of the $2.4 billion that went into ETFs as a whole. 

Year-to-date inflows for U.S.-listed ETFs now stand at $110 billion, while assets under management are $6.97 trillion. For comparison, inflows at this same time last year were $180 billion and AUM was $6.84 trillion. 

International Equity ETFs in Demand  

Though a relatively quiet week for ETF flows, the data suggests the trends we’ve seen all year long remain in place. 

ETF investors continue to shun U.S. stock funds; they had inflows of $440 million in aggregate last week, but year-to-date inflows for the segment are a paltry $6.6 billion. 

On the other hand, international equity ETFs, which collected $915 million last week and $33.2 billion since the start of the year, are in much higher demand. 

Likewise, U.S. fixed income ETFs, which had $387 million of inflows last week and $58.8 billion of inflows this year, remain in favor among ETF investors. 

In addition to the aforementioned TLT, the iShares iBoxx USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (HYG) and the Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF (BND) made the top weekly inflows list.  

The benchmark 10-year Treasury bond yield was little changed, around the 3.5% level, last week. 

TIP & ESGU Lead Outflows  

Meanwhile, on the outflows side of the ledger, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY) headlined with a $2.1 billion outflow.  

Other losers included the iShares TIPS Bond ETF (TIP), with redemptions of $623 million and the iShares ESG Aware MSCI USA ETF (ESGU), with redemptions of $449 million. 

After gathering assets rapidly last year, TIP has lost some of its popularity in 2023 as inflation concerns have diminished a bit.  

At the same time, ESG is facing headwinds as some investors reevaluate their stance on sustainable investing. ESGU has seen a whopping $7.1 billion of outflows since the start of 2023. 

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
TLTiShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF1,123.2435,329.573.18%
VOOVanguard S&P 500 ETF863.14289,509.310.30%
IVViShares Core S&P 500 ETF849.94308,708.840.28%
XLFFinancial Select Sector SPDR Fund705.1331,916.712.21%
XLPConsumer Staples Select Sector SPDR Fund654.3018,426.873.55%
HYGiShares iBoxx USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF510.8115,004.213.40%
IJRiShares Core S&P Small-Cap ETF496.2466,078.110.75%
BNDVanguard Total Bond Market ETF462.3691,706.070.50%
XLIIndustrial Select Sector SPDR Fund443.1013,756.893.22%
VTIVanguard Total Stock Market ETF407.94283,584.000.14%


Top 10 Redemptions (All ETFs)

TickerNameNet Flows ($,mm)AUM ($, mm)AUM % Change
SPYSPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust-2,115.42376,754.96-0.56%
SPTISPDR Portfolio Intermediate Term Treasury ETF-1,450.064,228.08-34.30%
QQQInvesco QQQ Trust-1,050.32168,917.14-0.62%
LQDiShares iBoxx USD Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF-978.8635,796.75-2.73%
IEFiShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF-909.4128,324.20-3.21%
IWMiShares Russell 2000 ETF-727.0749,526.78-1.47%
TIPiShares TIPS Bond ETF-623.8822,495.95-2.77%
IWDiShares Russell 1000 Value ETF-550.1850,400.44-1.09%
ESGUiShares ESG Aware MSCI USA ETF-449.3213,576.57-3.31%
XLEEnergy Select Sector SPDR Fund-438.8839,221.31-1.12%


ETF Weekly Flows By Asset Class

 Net Flows ($, mm)AUM ($, mm)% of AUM
U.S. Equity440.194,067,762.820.01%
International Equity915.271,269,464.050.07%
U.S. Fixed Income387.421,236,017.960.03%
International Fixed Income570.57147,349.440.39%
Asset Allocation-26.7616,065.04-0.17%


Asset Classes (Year-to-Date)

 Net Flows ($, mm)AUM ($, mm)% of AUM
U.S. Equity6,562.874,067,762.820.16%
International Equity33,167.421,269,464.052.61%
U.S. Fixed Income58,824.361,236,017.964.76%
International Fixed Income7,168.62147,349.444.87%
Asset Allocation-2,061.4016,065.04-12.83%


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

TickerNameWeekly PerformanceWeekly VolumeAUM ($, mm)
CVLCCalvert US Large-Cap Core Responsible Index ETF80,408.87%5,202143.32
MLPOCredit Suisse S&P MLP Index ETN10.99%44,91029.04
CANETeucrium Sugar Fund4.48%386,19137.02
SGGiPath Series B Bloomberg Sugar Subindex Total Return ETN4.44%16,33146.66
ITBiShares U.S. Home Construction ETF4.35%11,066,1151,777.18
PLTMGraniteShares Platinum Trust4.33%198,71349.56
PPLTabrdn Physical Platinum Shares ETF4.12%553,74949.56
NGEGlobal X MSCI Nigeria ETF3.89%48,66441.98
BDRYBreakwave Dry Bulk Shipping ETF3.24%1,285,32486.76
EPOLiShares MSCI Poland ETF3.22%1,444,846204.84


Top 10 YTD Performers

TickerNameYTD PerformanceWeekly PerformanceAUM ($, mm)
WGMIValkyrie Bitcoin Miners ETF127.07%-10.57%9.16
DAMVanEck Digital Assets Mining ETF110.24%-11.55%2.40
DAPPVanEck Digital Transformation ETF91.39%-9.88%32.08
BITQBitwise Crypto Industry Innovators ETF85.55%-8.97%66.29
SATOInvesco Alerian Galaxy Crypto Economy ETF75.83%-8.91%3.45
BITSGlobal X Blockchain and Bitcoin Strategy ETF72.47%-7.72%11.12
IBLCiShares Blockchain and Tech ETF67.62%-8.44%6.63
XBTFVanEck Bitcoin Strategy ETF66.69%-5.09%41.99
BTFValkyrie Bitcoin Strategy ETF65.81%-4.78%29.58
MAXISimplify Bitcoin Strategy PLUS Income ETF63.66%-5.22%23.11


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.

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