Whopping $37B Flows Into ETFs

March 15, 2019

After slumbering for the first 2 1/2 months of the year, ETF investors suddenly awakened. In a mere five days, they plowed a whopping $36.7 billion into U.S.-listed ETFs—mostly U.S. equity funds. Inflows for the whole year now stand at $54.7 billion.

The latest data, which measure the week ending Thursday, March 14 and that come from FactSet, showed inflows of $30.6 billion for U.S. equity ETFs; $5.4 billion for U.S. fixed-income ETFs; and $867 million for international fixed-income ETFs.

Mystery Spike

There was no obvious catalyst for the sharp spike in flows. The S&P 500 reached its highest level in five months this week, but it’s been climbing all year long. The index is now up more than 12.5% year-to-date.

Low-cost, broad-market ETFs from iShares and Vanguard dominated the weekly inflows list. The iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (IVV), the iShares Select Dividend ETF (DVY) and the Vanguard Value ETF (VTV) took the top three spots.

On the flip side, the Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLE), the iShares MSCI Japan ETF (EWJ) and the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) topped the outflows list, shedding between $300 million and $680 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
IVV iShares Core S&P 500 ETF 3,873.39 165,851.07 2.34%
DVY iShares Select Dividend ETF 2,485.79 19,752.41 12.58%
VTV Vanguard Value ETF 2,316.39 48,850.97 4.74%
VOO Vanguard S&P 500 ETF 1,952.33 105,615.29 1.85%
VO Vanguard Mid-Cap ETF 1,929.60 26,663.75 7.24%
VIG Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF 1,828.73 34,400.54 5.32%
SPY SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust 1,753.00 262,968.77 0.67%
SCHD Schwab U.S. Dividend Equity ETF 1,199.13 10,090.98 11.88%
VYM Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETF 1,185.86 23,991.71 4.94%
VUG Vanguard Growth ETF 1,084.52 38,567.76 2.81%

 

Top 10 Redemptions (All ETFs)

Ticker Name Net Flows ($,mm) AUM ($, mm) AUM % Change
XLE Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund -679.07 14,063.39 -4.83%
EWJ iShares MSCI Japan ETF -616.73 14,446.57 -4.27%
TLT iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF -303.16 10,199.96 -2.97%
EMB iShares JP Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF -236.57 17,136.18 -1.38%
VGT Vanguard Information Technology ETF -233.88 18,967.38 -1.23%
VNQ Vanguard Real Estate ETF -232.39 33,566.61 -0.69%
SPSM SPDR Portfolio Small Cap ETF -230.01 1,232.87 -18.66%
MTUM iShares Edge MSCI U.S.A. Momentum Factor ETF -214.76 8,444.45 -2.54%
ITOT iShares Core S&P Total U.S. Stock Market ETF -211.97 18,484.19 -1.15%
IWF iShares Russell 1000 Growth ETF -204.90 42,272.28 -0.48%

 

ETF Weekly Flows By Asset Class

  Net Flows ($, mm) AUM ($, mm) % of AUM
U.S. Equity 30,582.50 2,153,191.54 1.42%
International Equity 866.99 814,904.67 0.11%
U.S. Fixed Income 5,371.52 623,940.58 0.86%
International Fixed Income -61.32 74,125.58 -0.08%
Commodities  210.60 64,879.06 0.32%
Currency -10.19 1,473.70 -0.69%
Leveraged -196.84 37,166.63 -0.53%
Inverse 14.03 11,784.28 0.12%
Asset Allocation -51.20 9,368.83 -0.55%
Alternatives -20.08 4,525.13 -0.44%
Total: 36,706.01 3,795,359.98 0.97%

 

Asset Classes (Year-to-Date)

  Net Flows ($, mm) AUM ($, mm) % of AUM
U.S. Equity 17,973.05 2,153,191.54 0.83%
International Equity 7,188.33 814,904.67 0.88%
U.S. Fixed Income 22,381.06 623,940.58 3.59%
International Fixed Income 6,963.41 74,125.58 9.39%
Commodities  -265.58 64,879.06 -0.41%
Currency -313.01 1,473.70 -21.24%
Leveraged -1,607.80 37,166.63 -4.33%
Inverse 2,539.05 11,784.28 21.55%
Asset Allocation -604.64 9,368.83 -6.45%
Alternatives 447.42 4,525.13 9.89%
Total: 54,701.30 3,795,359.98 1.44%

 

Top 10 Volume Surprises, Funds >$50 mm AUM

Ticker Name Average Volume
(30 Day)
1 Week Average
Volume
% of Average
WBIG WBI BullBear Yield 1000 ETF 51,829 311,849 601.69%
WBIC WBI BullBear Yield 2000 ETF 48,627 287,611 591.46%
WBIH WBI BullBear Global High Income ETF 123,390 658,568 533.73%
WBII WBI BullBear Global Income ETF 55,768 292,532 524.55%
PYZ Invesco DWA Basic Materials Momentum ETF 7,340 38,070 518.65%
WBIY WBI Power Factor High Dividend ETF 42,843 188,615 440.24%
FNK First Trust Mid Cap Value AlphaDEX Fund 7,808 24,858 318.35%
JAGG JPMorgan U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF 150,245 346,743 230.78%
BBRE JPMorgan BetaBuilders MSCI U.S. REIT ETF 5,838 13,333 228.39%
XTL SPDR S&P Telecom ETF 9,053 16,215 179.11%

 

 

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.

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