Bonds & Gold Fuel Weekly ETF Inflows

July 24, 2020

U.S.-listed ETFs continud their streak of gathering assets, as another $12.5 billion flowed into the space this week. On net, year-to-date inflows now stand at $242.7 billion, according to the latest data from FactSet. That's ahead of the $143.2 billion seen at this same time last year.

The S&P 500 hit a 5-month high this week, but ETF investors were net sellers of U.S. equities. A modest $34 million flowed out of that segment during the week ending Thursday, July 23.

International equity ETFs fared better, picking up $2.1 billion of fresh inflows. At the same time, investors continued racing into U.S. fixed income ETFs and gold.

Weekly inflows for U.S. fixed income ETFs totaled $7 billion, led by flows into the iShares iBoxx USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (HYG), the iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF (AGG) and the iShares iBoxx USD Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF (LQD).

AGG and LQD rallied to record highs this week, while HYG hit its loftiest level since March. The U.S. 10-year Treasury bond yield hovered just above record lows, while the 5-year Treasury yield hit all-time lows (bond prices and yields move inversely). Credit spreads continued to narrow.

Inflows For Precious Metals ETFs

Fixed income wasn't the only asset class benefiting from safe haven inflows. The SPDR Gold Trust (GLD), the iShares Silver Trust (SLV) and the iShares Gold Trust (IAU) all made the top creations list for the week as investors piled into precious metals.

Gold futures closed at a record high on Friday, while silver traded at a seven-year high

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
GLD SPDR Gold Trust 1,182.72 73,062.41 1.62%
QQQ Invesco QQQ Trust 930.84 124,551.27 0.75%
HYG iShares iBoxx USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF 860.10 29,339.84 2.93%
SLV iShares Silver Trust 764.23 12,427.86 6.15%
IAU iShares Gold Trust 717.99 28,523.14 2.52%
AGG iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF 665.75 78,480.84 0.85%
IWM iShares Russell 2000 ETF 648.58 40,385.37 1.61%
JNK SPDR Bloomberg Barclays High Yield Bond ETF 626.02 12,251.11 5.11%
LQD iShares iBoxx USD Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF 450.78 57,734.46 0.78%
IVV iShares Core S&P 500 ETF 422.63 206,178.35 0.20%

 

Top 10 Redemptions (All ETFs)

Ticker Name Net Flows ($,mm) AUM ($, mm) AUM % Change
FTCS First Trust Capital Strength ETF -1,056.77 5,602.41 -18.86%
VOO Vanguard S&P 500 ETF -818.00 155,239.40 -0.53%
SPY SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust -805.91 291,225.17 -0.28%
BIL SPDR Bloomberg Barclays 1-3 Month T-Bill ETF -453.09 14,823.42 -3.06%
DIA SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF Trust -411.50 22,438.38 -1.83%
XLRE Real Estate Select Sector SPDR Fund -397.51 2,955.18 -13.45%
XLF Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund -395.70 17,637.71 -2.24%
TLT iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF -350.26 19,847.03 -1.76%
IWF iShares Russell 1000 Growth ETF -345.21 57,598.15 -0.60%
USMV iShares Edge MSCI Min Vol U.S.A. ETF -334.99 34,876.16 -0.96%

 

ETF Weekly Flows By Asset Class

  Net Flows ($, mm) AUM ($, mm) % of AUM
U.S. Equity -33.52 2,573,168.70 -0.00%
International Equity 2,116.09 839,773.51 0.25%
U.S. Fixed Income 6,965.12 904,059.65 0.77%
International Fixed Income 940.38 96,773.90 0.97%
Commodities 2,776.74 136,618.67 2.03%
Currency 20.68 1,542.72 1.34%
Leveraged -665.69 36,248.24 -1.84%
Inverse 77.13 15,105.22 0.51%
Asset Allocation 129.70 10,412.85 1.25%
Alternatives 138.60 4,691.74 2.95%
Total: 12,465.23 4,618,395.21 0.27%

 

Asset Classes (Year-to-Date)

  Net Flows ($, mm) AUM ($, mm) % of AUM
U.S. Equity 72,373.52 2,573,168.70 2.81%
International Equity -4,358.53 839,773.51 -0.52%
U.S. Fixed Income 113,346.79 904,059.65 12.54%
International Fixed Income 7,203.34 96,773.90 7.44%
Commodities 38,574.22 136,618.67 28.23%
Currency 198.02 1,542.72 12.84%
Leveraged 2,736.32 36,248.24 7.55%
Inverse 12,901.36 15,105.22 85.41%
Asset Allocation 543.08 10,412.85 5.22%
Alternatives -863.26 4,691.74 -18.40%
Total: 242,654.87 4,618,395.21 5.25%

 

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

Ticker Name Weekly Performance Weekly Volume AUM ($, mm)
CHIM Global X MSCI China Materials ETF 6.71% 3,414 1.78
SILJ ETFMG Prime Junior Silver Miners ETF 6.57% 4,713,900 434.92
WCLD WisdomTree Cloud Computing Fund 5.21% 1,241,512 614.85
CLOU Global X Cloud Computing ETF 4.96% 2,580,638 1,008.16
ARKW ARK Next Generation Internet ETF 4.88% 967,428 1,914.59
SIL Global X Silver Miners ETF 4.86% 1,850,210 974.05
SLVP iShares MSCI Global Silver Miners ETF 4.75% 881,010 208.16
BUYZ Franklin Disruptive Commerce ETF 4.58% 22,304 11.51
KGRN KraneShares MSCI China Environment Index ETF 4.48% 4,966 3.85
REMX VanEck Vectors Rare Earth/Strategic Metals ETF 4.39% 475,755 127.65

 

Top 10 YTD Performers

Ticker Name YTD Performance Weekly Performance AUM ($, mm)
VXX iPath Series B S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN 98.88% -4.54% 865.23
XVZ iPath S&P 500 Dynamic VIX ETN 98.60% 0.03% 7.78
VIXY ProShares VIX Short-Term Futures ETF 97.91% -4.63% 232.25
VIXM ProShares VIX Mid-Term Futures ETF 84.92% -2.68% 65.57
VXZ iPath Series B S&P 500 VIX Mid-Term Futures ETN 84.56% -2.59% 29.35
ARKW ARK Next Generation Internet ETF 65.81% 4.88% 1,914.59
ARKG ARK Genomic Revolution ETF 64.89% 2.57% 1,669.59
ARKK ARK Innovation ETF 60.78% 4.17% 6,188.40
CLIX ProShares Long Online/Short Stores ETF 58.88% 4.15% 221.32
ONLN ProShares Online Retail ETF 55.26% 3.55% 225.75

 

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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