Int'l Equity ETFs Fuel $20B In Weekly Inflows

January 15, 2021

Two weeks into the new year and ETF inflows are mirroring last year's torrid pace. Over the past week, investors added $20.1 billion to U.S.-listed ETFs. That brings year-to-date inflows up to $36.9 billion, just a tad ahead of the $35.2 billion seen at this same time a year ago.

This week's data, which measures the week ending Thursday, Jan. 14, showed the majority of new money heading into international equity ETFs. That's not something you see very often. 

Led by the iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (IEMG), investors added $13.8 billion to international equity ETFs. That outpaced the $5.6 billion that went into U.S. fixed income ETFs and the $1.3 billion that went into U.S. equity ETFs.

Perhaps investors see value in international stocks, which haven't rallied nearly as much as their U.S. counterparts. Until this week, the MSCI Emerging Markets Index, which is tracked by the aforementioned IEMG, hadn't hit a new high since 2007. That 13-year-old peak was finally broken this week, which may have spurred some of the interest in IEMG and other international equity ETFs.

ARK ETFs On Fire 

In addition to IEMG, another standout on the weekly inflows list is the ARK Innovation ETF (ARKK). One of 2020's biggest winners, ARKK continues to rocket higher in 2021, with a gain of 15% already in the first two weeks of the year. 

Naturally, that's attracted the attention of investors, who plowed $1.3 billion into the fund over the past week and $1.7 billion into the fund since the start of the year. Assets under management in the ETF now stand at nearly $22 billion, compared to just $2 billion a year ago. 

ARK's other funds have been popular as well. The seven ETFs in its suite have attracted inflows of more than $4 billion so far this year, lifting their assets under management to $42 billion. That makes ARK the 10th largest ETF issuer, according to the latest ETF.com League Table

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
IEMG iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF 2,288.29 74,701.01 3.06%
XLF Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund 1,505.65 30,046.60 5.01%
VCIT Vanguard Intermediate-Term Corporate Bond ETF 1,394.07 43,592.11 3.20%
MBB iShares MBS ETF 1,309.28 26,592.60 4.92%
ARKK ARK Innovation ETF 1,296.73 21,889.53 5.92%
DIA SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF Trust 1,071.38 25,780.49 4.16%
BND Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF 1,055.52 69,221.38 1.52%
FTCS First Trust Capital Strength ETF 1,037.93 8,056.92 12.88%
VTI Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF 1,004.20 208,072.74 0.48%
ICLN iShares Global Clean Energy ETF 868.00 6,661.51 13.03%

 

Top 10 Redemptions (All ETFs)

Ticker Name Net Flows ($,mm) AUM ($, mm) AUM % Change
SPY SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust -3,131.84 333,660.95 -0.94%
GLD SPDR Gold Trust -1,231.67 69,375.78 -1.78%
OMFL Invesco Russell 1000 Dynamic Multifactor ETF -867.12 1,309.56 -66.21%
VUG Vanguard Growth ETF -864.09 67,736.42 -1.28%
HYG iShares iBoxx USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF -843.19 23,824.65 -3.54%
IWF iShares Russell 1000 Growth ETF -785.32 63,695.32 -1.23%
TLT iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF -773.45 17,271.05 -4.48%
XLC Communication Services Select Sector SPDR Fund -678.11 11,146.29 -6.08%
USMV iShares MSCI USA Min Vol Factor ETF -604.03 32,426.52 -1.86%
XLP Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR Fund -487.19 12,406.26 -3.93%

 

ETF Weekly Flows By Asset Class

  Net Flows ($, mm) AUM ($, mm) % of AUM
U.S. Equity 1,328.72 3,190,098.73 0.04%
International Equity 13,811.97 1,116,615.25 1.24%
U.S. Fixed Income 5,635.99 971,452.60 0.58%
International Fixed Income 646.83 124,627.30 0.52%
Commodities -1,201.85 142,302.95 -0.84%
Currency 114.84 1,996.56 5.75%
Leveraged -551.72 46,715.68 -1.18%
Inverse 219.52 11,321.27 1.94%
Asset Allocation 17.81 13,450.70 0.13%
Alternatives 87.68 5,569.25 1.57%
Total: 20,109.78 5,624,150.30 0.36%

 

Asset Classes (Year-to-Date)

  Net Flows ($, mm) AUM ($, mm) % of AUM
U.S. Equity 11,598.60 3,190,098.73 0.36%
International Equity 17,703.67 1,116,615.25 1.59%
U.S. Fixed Income 6,378.73 971,452.60 0.66%
International Fixed Income 1,504.98 124,627.30 1.21%
Commodities -208.22 142,302.95 -0.15%
Currency 81.44 1,996.56 4.08%
Leveraged -1,399.61 46,715.68 -3.00%
Inverse 999.15 11,321.27 8.83%
Asset Allocation 21.75 13,450.70 0.16%
Alternatives 257.29 5,569.25 4.62%
Total: 36,937.79 5,624,150.30 0.66%

 

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

Ticker Name Weekly Performance Weekly Volume AUM ($, mm)
VCAR Simplify Volt RoboCar Disruption and Tech ETF 27,393.45% 16,167 12,406.26
GRU Elements MLCX Grains Index-Total Return ETN 16.41% 59,810 3.90
POTX Global X Cannabis ETF 14.23% 1,384,106 64.65
MLPO Credit Suisse S&P MLP Index ETN 12.09% 6,026 19.98
THCX The Cannabis ETF 10.37% 1,411,276 80.54
MSOS AdvisorShares Pure US Cannabis ETF 9.30% 4,633,847 523.75
MJ ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF 9.14% 13,420,699 1,373.08
YOLO AdvisorShares Pure Cannabis ETF 9.06% 3,169,829 246.91
AMZA InfraCap MLP ETF 8.33% 421,878 176.00
FTXN First Trust Nasdaq Oil & Gas ETF 7.74% 47,855 20.52

 

Top 10 YTD Performers

Ticker Name YTD Performance Weekly Performance AUM ($, mm)
VCAR Simplify Volt RoboCar Disruption and Tech ETF 27,393.45% 27,393.45% 20.52
POTX Global X Cannabis ETF 40.30% 14.23% 64.65
THCX The Cannabis ETF 33.68% 10.37% 80.54
BDRY Breakwave Dry Bulk Shipping ETF 29.35% -3.68% 24.87
MJ ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF 28.08% 9.14% 1,373.08
CNBS Amplify Seymour Cannabis ETF 27.62% 7.64% 43.38
MLPO Credit Suisse S&P MLP Index ETN 26.74% 12.09% 19.98
YOLO AdvisorShares Pure Cannabis ETF 26.06% 9.06% 246.91
MSOS AdvisorShares Pure US Cannabis ETF 24.03% 9.30% 523.75
CNRG SPDR S&P Kensho Clean Power ETF 23.80% 3.51% 328.83

 

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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