XLE & GLD Top Weekly Flows; DBEF's Assets Plunge

The latest weekly flows showed that investors favored fixed-income and commodity ETFs, while shunning international equity ETFs.

Reviewed by: etf.com Staff
Edited by: etf.com Staff

Strong inflows into U.S. fixed-income products helped push overall ETF flows into positive territory. Data from FactSet showed that investors added $4.3 billion into U.S.-listed ETFs in the week ending Thursday, Sept. 22. 

The bulk of that, or $3.8 billion, went into U.S. fixed-income products. Other segments to see inflows included commodity ETFs, with inflows of more than $800 million; international fixed-income ETFs, with inflows in excess of $400 million; and U.S. equity ETFs, with inflows topping $200 million. 

The only major segment to see an outflow was international equity ETFs, with redemptions totaling more than $1 billion.

XLE & GLD Top Inflows List

In terms of individual ETFs, one notable winner was the Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLE). It had inflows of $840 million in the week, the equivalent of 6.1% of its assets under management. Oil prices have remained range-bound for some time now between $40 and $50 a barrel.

Meanwhile, the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) was another commodity-related ETF that garnered strong inflows. Its weekly inflows of just under $800 million put its AUM above the $40 billion mark. Additionally, the VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX) also had strong inflows in the latest week, to the tune of $390 million.

Though as an asset class, fixed-income had the largest flows this week, only two individual fixed-income ETFs made the top 10 list. Those were the iShares 1-3 Year Treasury Bond ETF (SHY) and the iShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF (LQD), with inflows of $680 million and $530 million, respectively.

DBEF & HEFA Bleed Assets

On the outflows side, the most notable loser was the Deutsche X-trackers MSCI EAFE Hedged Equity ETF (DBEF), with redemptions of $1 billion, or 10% of its assets. DBEF, along with several other international equity ETFs, have seen consistent outflows all year long

Similarly, the iShares Currency Hedged MSCI EAFE ETF (HEFA) also lost significant assets. Its outflows of $380 million this week were the equivalent of 10.5% of the ETF's AUM.

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

Top 10 Creations (All ETFs)

TickerNameNet Flows ($,mm)AUM ($, mm)AUM % Change
QQQPowerShares QQQ Trust1,382.5539,816.863.60%
XLEEnergy Select Sector SPDR Fund841.6914,578.776.13%
GLDSPDR Gold Trust791.0940,533.801.99%
SHYiShares 1-3 Year Treasury Bond ETF680.2310,958.336.62%
DIASPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF Trust661.9712,658.855.52%
IWDiShares Russell 1000 Value ETF627.7131,038.452.06%
LQDiShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF534.5432,443.391.68%
GDXVanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF390.1911,644.823.47%
XLUUtilities Select Sector SPDR Fund361.598,007.324.73%
SMHVanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF352.48642.82121.40%

Top 10 Redemptions (All ETFs)

TickerNameNet Flows ($,mm)AUM ($, mm)AUM % Change
SPYSPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust-2,585.93194,295.91-1.31%
DBEFDeutsche X-trackers MSCI EAFE Hedged Equity ETF-1,018.098,938.13-10.23%
VOVanguard Mid-Cap Index Fund-971.0815,056.82-6.06%
VBVanguard Small-Cap Index Fund-731.4314,026.89-4.96%
VBRVanguard Small Cap Value Index Fund-578.208,127.13-6.64%
GDXJVanEck Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF-442.744,968.74-8.18%
HEFAiShares Currency Hedged MSCI EAFE ETF-384.803,293.22-10.46%
IWMiShares Russell 2000 ETF-350.9127,860.31-1.24%
XLFFinancial Select Sector SPDR Fund-344.9311,956.92-2.80%
VOEVanguard Mid Cap Value Index Fund-294.285,530.79-5.05%

ETF Weekly Flows By Asset Class

 Net Flows ($, mm)AUM ($, mm)% of AUM
U.S. Equity217.971,310,445.030.02%
International Equity-1,078.29502,873.21-0.21%
U.S. Fixed Income3,788.62402,335.600.94%
International Fixed Income417.9240,541.021.03%
Asset Allocation-7.306,365.73-0.11%

Top 10 Volume Surprises, Funds >$50 mm AUM

TickerNameAverage Volume
(30 Day)
1 Week Average
% of Average
WPSiShares International Developed Property ETF22,178107,418484.35%
PVIPowerShares VRDO Tax-Free Weekly Portfolio8,75932,576371.92%
INPiPath MSCI India Index ETN7,07220,513290.08%
IWLiShares Russell Top 200 ETF6,17013,035211.26%
RLYSPDR SSgA Multi-Asset Real Return ETF14,72326,787181.94%
DBGRDeutsche X-trackers MSCI Germany Hedged Equity ETF23,88955,354231.71%
FIEUCredit Suisse FI Enhanced Europe 50 ETN3,3995,440160.03%
IWPiShares Russell Mid-Cap Growth ETF308,743630,202204.12%
IPESPDR Barclays TIPS ETF26,21651,177195.22%
HAPVanEck Vectors Natural Resources ETF13,05417,758136.04%

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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