Calm Conditions Spur Weekly Inflows

April 01, 2016

Calm conditions in financial markets swayed investors to add money into ETFs this week. Net inflows into U.S.-listed exchange-traded funds totaled $3.7 billion in the week-ending Thursday, March 31, led by a net $1.9 billion inflow into U.S. equity ETFs.

International equity ETFs, U.S. fixed-income ETFs, and international fixed-income ETFs all saw positive inflows as well, according to FactSet data.

In terms of individual funds, the PowerShares QQQ (QQQ | A-67) took the top spot on the flows list, with $710 million going into the ETF.

That was followed by the First Trust Energy AlphaDEX (FXN | B-47), which gathered $647 million. The inflows into FXN contrasted with the $641 million of outflows from sister fund, the First Trust Health Care AlphaDEX (FXH | B-68). The highly-popular First Trust Dorsey Wright Focus 5 (FV | B-41) shuffles between the various First Trust ETFs based on a relative strength model.

Other funds with notable outflows for the week include the WisdomTree Europe Hedged Equity ETF (HEDJ | B-47), which lost $460 million; the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT | A-83), which lost $416 million; and the the SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF (KRE | A-70), which lost $400 million, or 18% of its assets under management.

Top 10 Creations (All ETFs)

Ticker Name Net Flows ($,mm) AUM ($, mm) AUM % Change
QQQ PowerShares QQQ 709.44 39,081.69 1.85%
FXN First Trust Energy AlphaDEX 647.28 1,259.89 105.66%
EEM iShares MSCI Emerging Markets 476.36 25,333.59 1.92%
VO Vanguard Mid-Cap 299.86 13,292.32 2.31%
AGG iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond 297.86 34,785.47 0.86%
USMV iShares MSCI USA Minimum Volatility 258.92 11,214.90 2.36%
PDP PowerShares DWA Momentum 226.32 1,451.37 18.47%
VNQ Vanguard REIT 225.10 29,942.24 0.76%
LQD iShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond 224.60 27,069.20 0.84%
IVV iShares Core S&P 500 216.76 71,183.79 0.31%

Top 10 Redemptions (All ETFs)

Ticker Name Net Flows ($,mm) AUM ($, mm) AUM % Change
IWM iShares Russell 2000 -670.94 25,959.02 -2.52%
FXH First Trust Health Care AlphaDEX -641.15 1,365.55 -31.95%
HEDJ WisdomTree Europe Hedged Equity -459.94 13,997.49 -3.18%
TLT iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond -416.16 9,774.10 -4.08%
KRE SPDR S&P Regional Banking -400.16 1,811.41 -18.09%
IYR iShares U.S. Real Estate -281.15 4,678.23 -5.67%
IAU iShares Gold Trust -267.94 7,388.85 -3.50%
DVY iShares Select Dividend -178.51 14,561.26 -1.21%
GLD SPDR Gold -175.29 32,553.08 -0.54%
DIA SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average Trust -167.21 12,470.81 -1.32%

ETF Weekly Flows By Asset Class

Net Flows ($, mm) AUM ($, mm) % of AUM
U.S. Equity 1,873.38 476,685.08 0.39%
International Equity 517.66 189,496.97 0.27%
U.S. Fixed Income 944.50 146,201.91 0.65%
International Fixed Income 107.56 12,398.52 0.87%
Commodities -430.25 24,106.24 -1.78%
Currency -10.35 575.36 -1.80%
Leveraged 12.78 9,269.28 0.14%
Inverse 482.19 7,784.29 6.19%
Asset Allocation 9.59 2,169.80 0.44%
Alternatives 189.08 1,361.37 13.89%
Total: 3,696.13 870,048.83 0.42%

Top 10 Volume Surprises, Funds >$50 mm AUM

Ticker Name Average Volume
(30 Day)
1 Week Average
Volume
% of Average
JSC SPDR Russell/Nomura Small Cap Japan 3,281 16,271 495.93%
WPS iShares International Developed Property 12,646 62,672 495.58%
RZG Guggenheim S&P SmallCap 600 Pure Growth 17,881 71,216 398.27%
QEMM SPDR MSCI Emerging Markets Quality Mix 16,214 53,048 327.17%
EWO iShares MSCI Austria Capped 94,664 298,358 315.18%
PBJ PowerShares Dynamic Food & Beverage 52,644 158,688 301.43%
XMPT Market Vectors CEF Municipal Income 44,039 119,943 272.36%
DBKO Deutsche X-trackers MSCI South Korea Hedged Equity ETF 281,094 695,878 247.56%
PXMG PowerShares Russell Midcap Pure Growth 3,964 14,075 355.02%
FBND Fidelity Total Bond 25,888 93,617 361.62%

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

Ticker Name Weekly Performance Weekly Volume AUM ($, mm)
VSS Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US Small Cap 0.00% 190,330 2,478.12
VPU Vanguard Utilities 0.00% 499,182 2,413.06
XLB Materials Select SPDR 0.00% 12,081,222 2,398.88
VXF Vanguard Extended Market 0.00% 2,111,062 3,513.28
XBI SPDR S&P Biotech 0.00% 20,039,390 1,800.51
XLE Energy Select SPDR 0.00% 41,676,438 12,849.39
XLY Consumer Discretionary Select SPDR 0.00% 15,896,447 10,769.72
PSET Principal Price Setters 0.00% 6,310 5.06
XLU Utilities Select SPDR 0.00% 43,314,874 8,158.51
WMCR Guggenheim Wilshire Micro-Cap 0.00% 25,492 21.56

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

Ticker Name Weekly Performance Weekly Volume AUM ($, mm)
VSS Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US Small Cap 0.00% 190,330 2,478.12
VPU Vanguard Utilities 0.00% 499,182 2,413.06
XLB Materials Select SPDR 0.00% 12,081,222 2,398.88
VXF Vanguard Extended Market 0.00% 2,111,062 3,513.28
XBI SPDR S&P Biotech 0.00% 20,039,390 1,800.51
XLE Energy Select SPDR 0.00% 41,676,438 12,849.39
XLY Consumer Discretionary Select SPDR 0.00% 15,896,447 10,769.72
PSET Principal Price Setters 0.00% 6,310 5.06
XLU Utilities Select SPDR 0.00% 43,314,874 8,158.51
WMCR Guggenheim Wilshire Micro-Cap 0.00% 25,492 21.56

Disclaimer: All data is from FactSet, 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.

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