Annual ETF Inflows Break Record Above $289B

August 18, 2017

Stock prices may have hit a road bump this week, but the same can't be said about ETF inflows. Investors added $4.2 billion to U.S.-listed exchange-traded funds during the period, pushing year-to-date inflows to a record $289.4 billion, above 2016's previous annual record of $287.5 billion.

The data, which comes courtesy of FactSet and measures activity in the week ending Thursday, Aug. 17, even showed inflows for U.S. equity ETFs. That segment took in $718 million, despite a 1.5% decline in the S&P 500 on Thursday, the worst drop in three months for the index.

Most other segments also had inflows. International equity ETFs took in $652 million; U.S. fixed-income ETFs took in $1.7 billion; international fixed-income ETFs took in $120 million; and commodity ETFs took in $256 million.

Traders Fade VIX Spike
For the most part, investors continued to load up on broad equity ETFs during the week. ETFs like the Schwab U.S. Broad Market ETF (SCHB), which had inflows of $701 million, made up most of the top inflows list.

However, one unusual ETF on the list―a fund that made an appearance on last week's top inflows list as well―was the ProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures ETF (SVXY). The ETF, which provides inverse exposure to VIX futures, had inflows of $428 million, suggesting traders were using the recent spike in the VIX to short volatility. 

Another standout on the inflows list was the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD), with its $352 million worth of creations. Gold prices briefly breached $1,300/oz this week for the first time since November.

Meanwhile, on the outflows side, two standouts were the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (VXX) and the Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLE), with redemptions of more than $225 million each.

For a full list of this week's top inflows and outflows, see the tables below:

 

Top 10 Creations (All ETFs)

Ticker Name Net Flows ($,mm) AUM ($, mm) AUM % Change
QQQ PowerShares QQQ Trust 973.90 52,551.44 1.89%
SCHB Schwab U.S. Broad Market ETF 701.35 10,156.68 7.42%
ITOT iShares Core S&P Total U.S. Stock Market ETF 641.42 10,737.19 6.35%
SVXY ProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures ETF 427.73 1,340.09 46.88%
IYR iShares U.S. Real Estate ETF 386.18 4,645.48 9.07%
GLD SPDR Gold Trust 352.28 32,543.89 1.09%
DIA SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF Trust 317.09 18,211.93 1.77%
LQD iShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF 289.35 38,762.52 0.75%
MDYV SPDR S&P 400 Mid Cap Value ETF 277.92 720.34 62.82%
MDYG SPDR S&P 400 Mid Cap Growth ETF 267.89 933.32 40.26%

Top 10 Redemptions (All ETFs)

Ticker Name Net Flows ($,mm) AUM ($, mm) AUM % Change
VOO Vanguard S&P 500 ETF -505.63 71,407.66 -0.70%
HYG iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF -437.11 18,734.22 -2.28%
XLF Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund -342.60 25,461.01 -1.33%
XLY Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund -313.71 12,608.47 -2.43%
IWD iShares Russell 1000 Value ETF -272.04 36,065.12 -0.75%
VXX iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN -261.18 1,055.24 -19.84%
XLE Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund -238.65 14,395.92 -1.63%
EWJ iShares MSCI Japan ETF -213.95 16,134.44 -1.31%
VO Vanguard Mid-Cap ETF -188.84 19,482.46 -0.96%
KRE SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF -173.10 3,268.61 -5.03%

ETF Weekly Flows By Asset Class

  Net Flows ($, mm) AUM ($, mm) % of AUM
U.S. Equity 718.28 1,690,782.81 0.04%
International Equity 652.39 703,274.61 0.09%
U.S. Fixed Income 1,683.28 494,273.45 0.34%
International Fixed Income 119.54 53,148.11 0.22%
Commodities 255.54 61,751.54 0.41%
Currency 0.00 1,396.57 0.00%
Leveraged 320.35 28,442.12 1.13%
Inverse 672.63 17,695.08 3.80%
Asset Allocation -14.46 7,319.92 -0.20%
Alternatives -206.68 3,991.64 -5.18%
Total: 4,200.87 3,062,075.86 0.14%

Top 10 Volume Surprises, Funds >$50 mm AUM

Ticker Name Average Volume
(30 Day)
1 Week Average
Volume
% of Average
HUSE US Market Rotation Strategy ETF 32,179 123,949 385.18%
GVAL Cambria Global Value ETF 46,721 139,273 298.10%
JPXN iShares JPX-Nikkei 400 ETF 3,379 10,634 314.69%
IBDO iShares iBonds Dec 2023 Term Corporate ETF 43,557 122,882 282.12%
ICSH iShares Ultra Short-Term Bond ETF 6,876 15,866 230.74%
FNK First Trust Mid Cap Value AlphaDEX Fund 11,909 25,156 211.24%
MLPO Credit Suisse S&P MLP Index ETN 39 76 195.37%
FYT First Trust Small Cap Value AlphaDEX Fund 17,052 37,936 222.47%
DTH WisdomTree International High Dividend Fund 18,563 45,410 244.62%
IVLU iShares Edge MSCI Intl Value Factor ETF 16,715 31,101 186.06%

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.

 

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