ETF Flows Kick Off August on Strong Note

August 08, 2022

ETF inflows kicked off August on a strong note as investors added $8.4 billion of new money to their holdings during the week ending Friday, Aug. 5. That included $4 billion of inflows for U.S. equity ETFs and $5.2 billion of inflows for U.S. fixed income ETFs. 

Year to date, net inflows for U.S.-listed ETFs now stand at $350.7 billion, compared with $525.9 billion at this same time a year ago. 

Topping last week’s inflows charts was the Vanguard Short-Term Corporate Bond ETF (VCSH), which gathered $2.1 billion in assets. Investors seemed to be taking advantage of higher rates on short-term bonds following the Fed’s recent 75 basis point interest rate hike. 

But the bond ETF buying wasn’t limited to short maturities. The iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) picked up $973 million, while high-yield corporate bond ETFs like the SPDR Bloomberg High Yield ETF (JNK) and the iShares Broad USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (USHY) were also popular, with weekly inflows of more than $700 million apiece. 

High-yield spreads over Treasuries have narrowed in recent weeks as recession fears have ebbed. 

On the outflows side of the ledger, commodities took the top spot, with weekly redemptions of just over $1 billion. 

However, no commodity ETFs made an appearance on the weekly top 10 redemptions list. Rather, the SPDR Portfolio S&P 500 High Dividend ETF (SPYD), the SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (SDY) and the Invesco QQQ Trust (QQQ) took the top three spots. 

 

For a full list of last week’s top inflows and outflows, see the tables below: 

 

Top 10 Creations (All ETFs)

Ticker Name Net Flows ($,mm) AUM ($, mm) AUM % Change
VCSH Vanguard Short-Term Corporate Bond ETF 2,093.67 43,768.03 4.78%
IWM iShares Russell 2000 ETF 1,053.04 55,229.80 1.91%
VOO Vanguard S&P 500 ETF 1,009.36 273,793.22 0.37%
IVV iShares Core S&P 500 ETF 977.18 308,925.73 0.32%
TLT iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF 973.45 25,819.37 3.77%
JNK SPDR Bloomberg High Yield Bond ETF 748.32 8,861.54 8.44%
USHY iShares Broad USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF 718.31 8,887.96 8.08%
BND Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF 705.93 83,709.76 0.84%
XLK Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund 549.30 44,843.46 1.22%
AGG iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF 548.92 83,707.00 0.66%

 

Top 10 Redemptions (All ETFs)

Ticker Name Net Flows ($,mm) AUM ($, mm) AUM % Change
SPYD SPDR Portfolio S&P 500 High Dividend ETF -1,475.11 7,904.56 -18.66%
SDY SPDR S&P Dividend ETF -1,379.73 22,095.23 -6.24%
QQQ Invesco QQQ Trust -1,284.95 177,911.53 -0.72%
BIL SPDR Bloomberg 1-3 Month T-Bill ETF -1,229.30 17,520.26 -7.02%
SPY SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust -860.12 374,273.90 -0.23%
SPHD Invesco S&P 500 High Dividend Low Volatility ETF -796.26 3,886.04 -20.49%
XLE Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund -688.45 33,259.56 -2.07%
HYG iShares iBoxx USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF -666.96 14,521.74 -4.59%
MINT PIMCO Enhanced Short Maturity Active ETF -638.65 10,928.42 -5.84%
BSV Vanguard Short-Term Bond ETF -546.78 38,552.52 -1.42%

 

ETF Weekly Flows By Asset Class

  Net Flows ($, mm) AUM ($, mm) % of AUM
U.S. Equity 4,017.44 3,965,796.52 0.10%
International Equity -379.01 1,150,133.92 -0.03%
U.S. Fixed Income 5,209.54 1,126,790.20 0.46%
International Fixed Income 473.01 141,710.31 0.33%
Commodities -1,035.98 142,857.03 -0.73%
Currency -291.59 3,961.30 -7.36%
Leveraged -276.91 55,514.32 -0.50%
Inverse 602.53 21,432.90 2.81%
Asset Allocation 41.35 17,623.07 0.23%
Alternatives -4.91 7,898.69 -0.06%
Total: 8,355.47 6,633,718.27 0.13%

 

Asset Classes (Year-to-Date)

  Net Flows ($, mm) AUM ($, mm) % of AUM
U.S. Equity 143,915.51 3,965,796.52 3.63%
International Equity 67,311.06 1,150,133.92 5.85%
U.S. Fixed Income 94,988.73 1,126,790.20 8.43%
International Fixed Income 4,777.92 141,710.31 3.37%
Commodities 7,531.77 142,857.03 5.27%
Currency 1,395.95 3,961.30 35.24%
Leveraged 18,188.63 55,514.32 32.76%
Inverse 10,786.86 21,432.90 50.33%
Asset Allocation 501.57 17,623.07 2.85%
Alternatives 1,346.44 7,898.69 17.05%
Total: 350,744.44 6,633,718.27 5.29%

 

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

Ticker Name Weekly Performance Weekly Volume AUM ($, mm)
MSGR Direxion mRNA ETF 16.03% 7,102 4.08
CRPT First Trust SkyBridge Crypto Industry and Digital Economy ETF 14.28% 204,892 32.39
BBP Virtus LifeSci Biotech Products ETF 13.62% 4,788 16.64
ARKF ARK Fintech Innovation ETF 13.18% 6,070,503 1,077.61
FDIG Fidelity Crypto Industry and Digital Payments ETF 12.72% 106,721 13.38
BITQ Bitwise Crypto Industry Innovators ETF 12.31% 524,056 79.22
BBC Virtus LifeSci Biotech Clinical Trials ETF 12.25% 8,429 18.29
GFOF Grayscale Future of Finance ETF 12.17% 37,496 6.77
IBLC iShares Blockchain and Tech ETF 11.85% 26,783 6.81
DAPP VanEck Digital Transformation ETF 11.77% 540,062 38.15

 

Top 10 YTD Performers

Ticker Name YTD Performance Weekly Performance AUM ($, mm)
UNG United States Natural Gas Fund LP 125.54% -1.16% 545.82
GAZ iPath Series B Bloomberg Natural Gas Subindex Total Return ETN 124.11% -0.90% 30.02
UNL United States 12 Month Natural Gas Fund LP 103.91% -0.87% 42.86
JJE iPath Series B Bloomberg Energy Subindex Total Return ETN 71.20% 0.00% 8.00
RJN Elements Rogers International Commodity Index-Energy TR ETN 53.41% -5.02% 12.95
BNO United States Brent Oil Fund LP 40.41% -5.78% 208.93
DBE Invesco DB Energy Fund 40.11% -3.97% 230.33
PXE Invesco Dynamic Energy Exploration & Production ETF 38.01% -7.58% 248.85
UGA United States Gasoline Fund LP 36.56% -7.01% 98.52
FCG First Trust Natural Gas ETF 32.58% -7.78% 694.98

 

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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