Weekly ETF Outflows Total $19B

Investors took money out of ETFs, but most of that was from one fund.

Reviewed by: Sumit Roy
Edited by: Sumit Roy

Talk about a U-turn. After registering their strongest month of inflows on record in January, ETFs started February with a monster outflow. Almost $19 billion came out of U.S.-listed ETFs during the week ending Thursday, Feb. 8, as Wall Street witnessed its steepest sell-off in nearly two years. Year-to-date inflows are still positive, but fell to $51.9 billion.

The data, which comes from FactSet, showed that U.S. equity ETFs had outflows of $21.8 billion during the week. The S&P 500 plunged throughout the period, falling into the red for the year. The index was down as much as 11.6% from its all-time high on Friday.

The vast majority of this week’s equity ETF outflows came from one fund: the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY). SPY’s $17.5 billion worth of weekly outflows were far and ahead of the rest of the pack. The next-biggest outflows came from the iShares MSCI EAFE ETF (EFA), with $2 billion.

Yields Rise
The iShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF (LQD), the SPDR Bloomberg Barclays High Yield Bond ETF (JNK) and the iShares JP Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF (EMB) followed suit, with outflows of more than $1 billion each.

Despite outflows from those three products, fixed-income ETFs as a whole registered a modest inflow. The U.S. 10-year Treasury bond increased, and yields fell week-over-week by about 4 basis points to last trade at 2.81% after challenging four-year highs of 2.88% on Monday and Thursday. Despite this week’s slight decline, yields continue to face upward pressure amid expectations of rising inflation and more Fed hikes.

Indeed, it’s notable that Treasury yields didn’t fall all that much even as stocks fell steeply.

IVV Picks Up Assets

Even amid this week’s negative tone in markets, there were a handful of ETFs that garnered notable inflows. The iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (IVV) picked up $1.9 billion. At the same time, the iShares Core MSCI EAFE ETF (IEFA) had inflows of $1.7 billion.

International equity ETFs as a whole saw inflows of $827 million, a sharp contrast to the outflows seen in U.S. equity ETFs.

Finally, the ProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures ETF (SVXY) took in a whopping $1.6 billion during the week. Prices for the ETF plunged from $106 last week to $10 this Friday, a decline of more than 90%, as an unprecedented surge in VIX futures devastated the value of the fund.

The rival VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short-Term ETN (XIV), which was similarly hammered, is set to shut down later this month. SVXY will continue trading, and judging by the latest inflows, plenty of investors are happy to continue buying it, despite this week’s turmoil in the fund.

For a full list of this week’s inflows, outflows and ETF performance data, see the tables below:

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Top 10 Creations (All ETFs)

Ticker Name Net Flows ($,mm) AUM ($, mm) AUM % Change
IVV iShares Core S&P 500 ETF 1,858.04 150,762.37 1.25%
IEFA iShares Core MSCI EAFE ETF 1,685.70 49,935.45 3.49%
SVXY ProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures ETF 1,560.77 779.89 200.13%
IWM iShares Russell 2000 ETF 565.38 41,263.32 1.39%
MDY SPDR S&P Midcap 400 ETF Trust 461.16 20,993.54 2.25%
AGG iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF 429.21 53,655.39 0.81%
TIP iShares TIPS Bond ETF 382.33 24,912.16 1.56%
VT Vanguard Total World Stock ETF 372.85 11,213.69 3.44%
SCHF Schwab International Equity ETF 343.03 14,063.65 2.50%
IYR iShares U.S. Real Estate ETF 309.03 3,618.04 9.34%

Top 10 Redemptions (All ETFs)

Ticker Name Net Flows ($,mm) AUM ($, mm) AUM % Change
SPY SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust -17,458.59 274,134.08 -5.99%
EFA iShares MSCI EAFE ETF -2,080.64 79,246.45 -2.56%
LQD iShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF -1,338.36 34,923.66 -3.69%
JNK SPDR Bloomberg Barclays High Yield Bond ETF -1,125.63 10,258.17 -9.89%
EMB iShares JP Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF -1,072.22 12,791.97 -7.73%
XLK Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund -998.85 19,797.28 -4.80%
QQQ PowerShares QQQ Trust -942.55 60,203.92 -1.54%
DIA SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF Trust -710.13 23,211.36 -2.97%
XLV Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund -689.67 15,965.47 -4.14%
GLD SPDR Gold Trust -632.30 35,189.00 -1.77%

ETF Weekly Flows By Asset Class

  Net Flows ($, mm) AUM ($, mm) % of AUM
U.S. Equity -21,774.31 1,923,249.30 -1.13%
International Equity 827.13 828,672.15 0.10%
U.S. Fixed Income 1,649.83 521,747.61 0.32%
International Fixed Income -484.27 62,714.49 -0.77%
Commodities  -436.26 68,351.29 -0.64%
Currency -15.92 1,317.38 -1.21%
Leveraged 658.59 34,291.85 1.92%
Inverse 778.52 14,416.83 5.40%
Asset Allocation -21.79 8,879.46 -0.25%
Alternatives -97.88 4,693.95 -2.09%
Total: -18,916.37 3,468,334.31 -0.55%

Top 10 Volume Surprises, Funds >$50 mm AUM

Ticker Name Average Volume
(30 Day)
1 Week Average
% of Average
USMC Principal U.S. Mega-Cap Multi-Factor Index ETF 58,283 340,867 584.85%
USDU WisdomTree Bloomberg U.S. Dollar Bullish Fund 128,519 555,144 431.96%
FTHI First Trust BuyWrite Income ETF 17,625 69,684 395.38%
JKF iShares Morningstar Large Cap Value ETF 16,694 60,866 364.60%
GSC GS Connect S&P GSCI Enhanced Commodity TR Strategy ETN 2,486 6,130 246.63%
MXDU Nationwide Maximum Diversification U.S. Core Equity ETF 2,789 9,266 332.17%
RVNU Xtrackers Municipal Infrastructure Revenue Bond ETF 18,109 53,317 294.42%
JPMF JPMorgan Managed Futures Strategy ETF 6,457 38,520 596.60%
PPH VanEck Vectors Pharmaceutical ETF 147,805 309,611 209.47%
XIVH VelocityShares VIX Short Volatility Hedged ETN 31,082 192,697 619.96%


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 etf.com, where he's worked for 12 years. Before joining the company, Roy was the managing editor and commodities analyst for Hard Assets Investor. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he enjoys climbing the city’s steep hills, playing pickleball and snowboarding.