Annual ETF Inflows Top $400B For 2nd Time

November 13, 2020

Positive news on the coronavirus vaccine front gave investors the confidence to pile into U.S.-listed ETFs this week. On net, $32.7 billion entered the space during the week ending Thursday, Nov. 12, pushing year-to-date inflows above $400 billion. That makes 2020 only the second year in which ETFs have crossed that milestone. 

In 2017, ETFs ended the year with a record $476.1 billion of inflows. For comparison, inflows stood at $246.6 billion at this same point last year.

This week also had another milestone thanks to the combination of strong inflows and rising asset prices. For the first time,  assets under management in U.S.-listed ETFs surpassed $5 trillion, leaving them nearly $900 billion above where they were a year ago.

Winners & Losers 

Of this week's inflows, the vast majority went into U.S. equity ETFs. That segment picked up $27.2 billion of fresh cash thanks to strong interest in the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY), the Vanguard Total Stock market ETF (VTI) and the iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM).

Earlier this week, the S&P 500 surged to just shy of a record high after Pfizer and BioNTech announced that their COVID-19 vaccine candidate was surprisingly effective, based on preliminary data. The small cap Russell 2000 notched a new record-high close for the first time since August 2018.

While U.S. equity ETFs took in the bulk of this week's inflows, more modest sums of money headed into international equity ETFs and fixed income ETFs. 

The Vanguard Total International Stock ETF (VXUS), the iShares iBoxx USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (HYG) and the Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF (BND) were winners in those areas. 

On the other hand, the Invesco QQQ Trust (QQQ), the iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF (IEF), the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) and the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD)  were among the biggest flows losers of the week. 

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
SPY SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust 11,664.84 322,383.87 3.62%
VTI Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF 2,020.35 181,387.23 1.11%
HYG iShares iBoxx USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF 1,588.57 27,420.54 5.79%
IWM iShares Russell 2000 ETF 1,405.27 48,643.92 2.89%
VXUS Vanguard Total International Stock ETF 1,023.16 32,538.13 3.14%
BND Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF 894.00 64,559.51 1.38%
IVV iShares Core S&P 500 ETF 848.18 230,203.97 0.37%
XLI Industrial Select Sector SPDR Fund 777.81 14,318.28 5.43%
XLF Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund 696.35 20,660.70 3.37%
VOO Vanguard S&P 500 ETF 614.51 173,324.06 0.35%

 

Top 10 Redemptions (All ETFs)

Ticker Name Net Flows ($,mm) AUM ($, mm) AUM % Change
QQQ Invesco QQQ Trust -1,379.20 138,554.69 -1.00%
IEF iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF -939.38 18,273.42 -5.14%
TLT iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF -862.94 17,659.63 -4.89%
GLD SPDR Gold Trust -780.88 74,129.59 -1.05%
XLP Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR Fund -507.80 13,774.88 -3.69%
GOVT iShares U.S. Treasury Bond ETF -414.97 14,471.00 -2.87%
SHY iShares 1-3 Year Treasury Bond ETF -397.22 20,809.92 -1.91%
HYLB Xtrackers USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF -391.15 6,861.59 -5.70%
SHV iShares Short Treasury Bond ETF -376.31 19,622.96 -1.92%
AGG iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF -364.69 80,968.36 -0.45%

 

ETF Weekly Flows By Asset Class

  Net Flows ($, mm) AUM ($, mm) % of AUM
U.S. Equity 27,160.40 2,878,563.90 0.94%
International Equity 4,928.86 941,915.06 0.52%
U.S. Fixed Income 1,854.74 940,876.48 0.20%
International Fixed Income 987.74 115,595.44 0.85%
Commodities -471.67 144,648.15 -0.33%
Currency -33.59 1,888.90 -1.78%
Leveraged -1,148.01 39,464.69 -2.91%
Inverse -636.42 12,129.75 -5.25%
Asset Allocation 39.25 12,372.03 0.32%
Alternatives 39.74 5,103.14 0.78%
Total: 32,721.05 5,092,557.55 0.64%

 

Asset Classes (Year-to-Date)

  Net Flows ($, mm) AUM ($, mm) % of AUM
U.S. Equity 128,103.71 2,878,563.90 4.45%
International Equity 28,642.41 941,915.06 3.04%
U.S. Fixed Income 162,785.09 940,876.48 17.30%
International Fixed Income 18,872.51 115,595.44 16.33%
Commodities 44,774.73 144,648.15 30.95%
Currency 560.24 1,888.90 29.66%
Leveraged 1,042.09 39,464.69 2.64%
Inverse 13,039.12 12,129.75 107.50%
Asset Allocation 2,340.58 12,372.03 18.92%
Alternatives 84.49 5,103.14 1.66%
Total: 400,244.96 5,092,557.55 7.86%

 

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

Ticker Name Weekly Performance Weekly Volume AUM ($, mm)
FUD ETRACS UBS Bloomberg CMCI Food Total Return ETN 25.95% 9,875 6.24
IEO iShares U.S. Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF 19.79% 593,095 139.61
TUR iShares MSCI Turkey ETF 19.52% 2,484,358 244.10
PXE Invesco Dynamic Energy Exploration & Production ETF 19.47% 66,963 14.70
FCG First Trust Natural Gas ETF 19.00% 3,325,689 92.89
XOP SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF 18.95% 42,013,798 2,028.80
RYE Invesco S&P 500 Equal Weight Energy ETF 18.74% 293,314 47.56
PSCE Invesco S&P SmallCap Energy ETF 17.66% 277,742 15.57
PXI Invesco DWA Energy Momentum ETF 17.29% 46,383 15.92
XES SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Equipment & Services ETF 17.25% 333,763 89.68

 

Top 10 YTD Performers

Ticker Name YTD Performance Weekly Performance AUM ($, mm)
TAN Invesco Solar ETF 142.95% -0.95% 2,115.18
QCLN First Trust NASDAQ Clean Edge Green Energy Index Fund 123.07% 2.22% 1,037.25
PBW Invesco WilderHill Clean Energy ETF 120.40% 2.43% 1,123.40
ARKG ARK Genomic Revolution ETF 118.08% 0.43% 3,301.50
ARKW ARK Next Generation Internet ETF 104.24% -6.02% 3,167.33
KGRN KraneShares MSCI China Environment Index ETF 103.58% 0.18% 39.08
ARKK ARK Innovation ETF 97.26% -3.28% 10,927.75
IBUY Amplify Online Retail ETF 88.76% -3.98% 1,074.04
XVZ iPath S&P 500 Dynamic VIX ETN 87.73% -2.89% 12.57
CNRG SPDR S&P Kensho Clean Power ETF 87.25% 2.29% 103.42

 

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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