Monster $62B ETF Weekly Inflows

September 17, 2021

A near-record amount of money headed into U.S.-listed ETFs this week, led by flows into Vanguard products. On net, creations for U.S.-listed ETFs totaled $62.2 billion during the week ending Thursday, Sept. 16—a huge sum, but shy of the weekly record of $71 billion set in March.

Just like then, the latest weekly inflows look like they are at least partly related to tax-related heartbeat trades. But while some of this week’s inflows may reverse next week, much of it may stick.

Back in March, after the big $71 billion haul, only about $20 billion of that came back out in the subsequent week.

In any case, net year-to-date inflows for all U.S.-listed ETFs now stand at $669.8 billion—double the $332.5 billion seen at this same time a year ago. At the current pace, ETFs are on track for more than $900 billion of inflows in 2021.

Vanguard ETFs Lead

Of this week’s inflows, about $53 billion went into U.S. equity ETFs. That includes the aforementioned Vanguard ETFs—the Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI), the Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF (VIG), the Vanguard Extended Market ETF (VXF) and others. About half of this week’s inflows came from Vanguard products.

Also gathering assets was the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY), with weekly inflows of $10.6 billion. Those inflows made up for a more than a 2% slide in the S&P 500. SPY now has $410.3 billion in assets under management.

Meanwhile, on the outflows side of the ledger, the iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) led all ETFs, with weekly redemptions of $1.9 billion, followed by the iShares iBoxx USD Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF (LQD), with redemptions of $1.1 billion.

Investment-grade corporate bond prices were roughly flat week-over-week, while the U.S. 10-year Treasury yield edged up to 1.37% following a better-than-expected reading on U.S. retail sales for August.

For a full list of this week’s top ETF 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 10,581.03 410,309.53 2.58%
VTI Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF 3,473.33 274,393.55 1.27%
VIG Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF 3,025.11 65,985.61 4.58%
VXF Vanguard Extended Market ETF 2,875.12 20,341.96 14.13%
VO Vanguard Mid-Cap ETF 2,810.80 55,403.12 5.07%
VUG Vanguard Growth ETF 2,590.65 88,765.25 2.92%
VB Vanguard Small-Cap ETF 1,841.47 49,424.27 3.73%
VOO Vanguard S&P 500 ETF 1,809.99 255,833.67 0.71%
QQQ Invesco QQQ Trust 1,531.98 195,165.85 0.78%
RSP Invesco S&P 500 Equal Weight ETF 1,371.75 30,851.34 4.45%

 

Top 10 Redemptions (All ETFs)

Ticker Name Net Flows ($,mm) AUM ($, mm) AUM % Change
IWM iShares Russell 2000 ETF -1,911.68 65,130.65 -2.94%
LQD iShares iBoxx USD Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF -1,125.29 41,869.96 -2.69%
IVE iShares S&P 500 Value ETF -355.79 22,396.95 -1.59%
TECL Direxion Daily Technology Bull 3X Shares -242.76 2,759.45 -8.80%
VNQ Vanguard Real Estate ETF -234.66 44,433.45 -0.53%
PDBC Invesco Optimum Yield Diversified Commodity Strategy No K-1 ETF -215.68 6,033.95 -3.57%
GOVT iShares U.S. Treasury Bond ETF -180.28 15,640.87 -1.15%
IEF iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF -175.93 13,392.52 -1.31%
SOXL Direxion Daily Semiconductor Bull 3X Shares -169.32 3,748.67 -4.52%
SPLV Invesco S&P 500 Low Volatility ETF -167.29 8,036.58 -2.08%

 

ETF Weekly Flows By Asset Class

  Net Flows ($, mm) AUM ($, mm) % of AUM
U.S. Equity 52,738.25 4,054,964.83 1.30%
International Equity 4,076.40 1,315,313.76 0.31%
U.S. Fixed Income 3,966.42 1,085,585.73 0.37%
International Fixed Income 511.10 150,893.29 0.34%
Commodities -145.70 138,257.18 -0.11%
Currency 7.46 1,911.32 0.39%
Leveraged 533.61 64,035.95 0.83%
Inverse 231.25 12,404.17 1.86%
Asset Allocation 178.01 18,694.47 0.95%
Alternatives 61.20 6,789.20 0.90%
Total: 62,158.01 6,848,849.91 0.91%

 

Asset Classes (Year-to-Date)

  Net Flows ($, mm) AUM ($, mm) % of AUM
U.S. Equity 341,676.81 4,054,964.83 8.43%
International Equity 169,132.79 1,315,313.76 12.86%
U.S. Fixed Income 121,610.55 1,085,585.73 11.20%
International Fixed Income 28,860.26 150,893.29 19.13%
Commodities -3,632.02 138,257.18 -2.63%
Currency 33.45 1,911.32 1.75%
Leveraged -142.55 64,035.95 -0.22%
Inverse 5,694.73 12,404.17 45.91%
Asset Allocation 3,965.08 18,694.47 21.21%
Alternatives 2,619.98 6,789.20 38.59%
Total: 669,819.07 6,848,849.91 9.78%

 

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

Ticker Name Weekly Performance Weekly Volume AUM ($, mm)
URNM North Shore Global Uranium Mining ETF 16.13% 4,702,697 755.96
GAZ iPath Series B Bloomberg Natural Gas Subindex Total Return ETN 10.21% 35,187 7.34
UNG United States Natural Gas Fund LP 9.91% 25,902,563 319.80
URA Global X Uranium ETF 8.88% 15,988,913 1,118.97
FRAK VanEck Unconventional Oil & Gas ETF 8.82% 10,334 15.59
FCG First Trust Natural Gas ETF 8.51% 4,960,272 273.37
PXI Invesco DWA Energy Momentum ETF 7.92% 166,691 67.16
PXE Invesco Dynamic Energy Exploration & Production ETF 7.79% 215,017 79.96
XOP SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF 7.48% 27,331,575 3,219.25
FTXN First Trust Nasdaq Oil & Gas ETF 7.34% 78,403 41.93

 

Top 10 YTD Performers

Ticker Name YTD Performance Weekly Performance AUM ($, mm)
BDRY Breakwave Dry Bulk Shipping ETF 292.21% 0.27% 90.66
URNM North Shore Global Uranium Mining ETF 129.30% 16.13% 755.96
UNG United States Natural Gas Fund LP 107.28% 9.91% 319.80
GAZ iPath Series B Bloomberg Natural Gas Subindex Total Return ETN 99.45% 10.21% 7.34
JJT iPath Series B Bloomberg Tin Subindex Total Return ETN 87.74% 1.29% 14.74
URA Global X Uranium ETF 87.30% 8.88% 1,118.97
UNL United States 12 Month Natural Gas Fund LP 84.06% 5.91% 15.30
GRN iPath Series B Carbon ETN 83.55% -2.57% 78.39
REMX VanEck Rare Earth/Strategic Metals ETF 83.21% 2.71% 1,092.99
FCG First Trust Natural Gas ETF 77.24% 8.51% 273.37

 

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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