The Year’s ETF Inflows Near $80B

The Year’s ETF Inflows Near $80B

A midweek sell-off in U.S. stocks didn’t stop investors from putting more money to work in U.S.-listed ETFs.

Senior ETF Analyst
Reviewed by: Sumit Roy
Edited by: Sumit Roy

A brief sell-off midweek for stocks didn’t dampen investors’ appetite for ETFs. All told, investors added a solid $4.4 billion to U.S.-listed ETFs during the week ending Thursday, May 2, pushing year-to-date inflows to $79.4 billion—a bit below the $90.4 billion at the same time last year.

On an asset class basis, the bulk of this week’s money flowed into U.S. equity ETFs, which picked up $4.8 billion in fresh cash. That was followed by inflows of $841 million for international equity ETFs and $359 million for international fixed income ETFs.

Fed Dashes Hopes

On the other hand, U.S. fixed income ETFs registered a rare outflow of $1.4 billion as the Fed dampened hopes of an imminent rate cut at its meeting on Wednesday.

Individual ETF flows winners this week included the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY), the First Trust Utilities AlphaDEX Fund (FXU) and the Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI).

Conversely, the iShares TIPS Bond ETF (TIP), the iShares iBoxx USD Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF (LQD) and the First Trust Health Care AlphaDEX Fund (FXH) saw the largest outflows of the week.

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


Top 10 Creations (All ETFs)

TickerNameNet Flows ($,mm)AUM ($, mm)AUM % Change
SPYSPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust2,684.37280,187.080.96%
FXUFirst Trust Utilities AlphaDEX Fund683.621,238.2455.21%
VTIVanguard Total Stock Market ETF524.83114,608.480.46%
DIASPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF Trust478.2022,244.092.15%
IJRiShares Core S&P Small Cap ETF421.3244,605.850.94%
VOOVanguard S&P 500 ETF407.22112,744.550.36%
IEFAiShares Core MSCI EAFE ETF397.7664,336.940.62%
XLYConsumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund359.2813,786.582.61%
VBVanguard Small-Cap ETF280.3925,344.601.11%
USMViShares Edge MSCI Min Vol U.S.A. ETF274.5025,535.471.07%


Top 10 Redemptions (All ETFs)

TickerNameNet Flows ($,mm)AUM ($, mm)AUM % Change
TIPiShares TIPS Bond ETF-781.7020,045.84-3.90%
LQDiShares iBoxx USD Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF-725.7131,960.93-2.27%
FXHFirst Trust Health Care AlphaDEX Fund-624.261,258.08-49.62%
XLEEnergy Select Sector SPDR Fund-604.2412,932.13-4.67%
IWMiShares Russell 2000 ETF-564.8942,616.00-1.33%
TLTiShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF-447.6712,318.82-3.63%
VGTVanguard Information Technology ETF-330.7320,788.11-1.59%
IYRiShares U.S. Real Estate ETF-288.794,270.51-6.76%
MINTPIMCO Enhanced Short Maturity Active ETF-270.2211,705.16-2.31%
HYGiShares iBoxx USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF-268.6416,697.24-1.61%


ETF Weekly Flows By Asset Class

 Net Flows ($, mm)AUM ($, mm)% of AUM
U.S. Equity4,839.972,228,897.670.22%
International Equity840.75841,072.120.10%
U.S. Fixed Income-1,363.36640,995.96-0.21%
International Fixed Income359.2674,179.830.48%
Commodities -245.6562,113.67-0.40%
Asset Allocation36.729,571.660.38%


Asset Classes (Year-to-Date)

 Net Flows ($, mm)AUM ($, mm)% of AUM
U.S. Equity28,158.892,228,897.671.26%
International Equity12,558.82841,072.121.49%
U.S. Fixed Income34,397.07640,995.965.37%
International Fixed Income6,559.8274,179.838.84%
Commodities -2,079.9562,113.67-3.35%
Asset Allocation-546.059,571.66-5.70%


Top 10 Volume Surprises, Funds >$50 mm AUM

TickerNameAverage Volume
(30 Day)
1 Week Average
% of Average
QMOMAlpha Architect U.S. Quantitative Momentum ETF9,86154,116548.81%
ISDXInvesco RAFI Strategic Developed ex-US ETF82401488.62%
UCIETRACS UBS Bloomberg Constant Maturity Commodity Index TR ETN16,83884,016498.98%
USMCPrincipal U.S. Mega-Cap Multi-Factor Index ETF47,467238,029501.46%
USHYiShares Broad USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF710,3662,445,457344.25%
IGPrincipal Investment Grade Corporate Active ETF7952,804352.90%
IMOMAlpha Architect International Quantitative Momentum ETF3,88112,355318.36%
RCDInvesco S&P 500 Equal Weight Consumer Discretionary ETF6,16619,790320.95%
PDPInvesco DWA Momentum ETF122,385408,409333.71%
QVALAlpha Architect U.S. Quantitative Value ETF7,96020,334255.45%



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.

Sumit Roy is the senior ETF analyst for, where he has worked for 13 years. He creates a variety of content for the platform, including news articles, analysis pieces, videos and podcasts.

Before joining, Sumit was the managing editor and commodities analyst for Hard Assets Investor. In those roles, he was responsible for most of the operations of HAI, a website dedicated to education about commodities investing.

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He is the host of’s Talk ETFs, a popular video series that features weekly interviews with thought leaders in the ETF industry. Sumit is also co-host of Exchange Traded Fridays,’s weekly podcast series.

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