YTD ETF Inflows Approach $100B

Despite a sell-off in stocks, investors kept adding to their ETF holdings. 

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

A modest sell-off in equity markets didn't stop investors from adding to their ETF holdings this week. The S&P 500 declined in every session but one during the holiday-shortened trading week, yet U.S.-listed ETFs registered net inflows of $9 billion. That brought year-to-date inflows up to $98.3 billion, well ahead of last year's $9.4 billion pace.

U.S. equity ETFs picked up the most new cash of all segments, $3.2 billion. That was followed by U.S. fixed-income ETFs, with inflows of $3.1 billion. This week, the benchmark U.S. 10-year Treasury yield dipped below 1.44% for the first time since September, pushing the prices of many bond ETFs higher (bond prices and yields move inversely).

Commodity ETFs also saw some decent demand during the week, led by the nearly $600 million that flowed into the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD)

Only the Invesco S&P 500 Low Volatility ETF (SPLV), the Invesco QQQ Trust (QQQ) and the SPDR Portfolio S&P 500 ETF (SPLG) had larger inflows than GLD during the period.

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
SPLVInvesco S&P 500 Low Volatility ETF1,211.1714,365.778.43%
QQQInvesco QQQ Trust1,073.1199,437.651.08%
SPLGSPDR Portfolio S&P 500 ETF699.644,768.9514.67%
GLDSPDR Gold Trust597.1648,159.751.24%
IBBiShares NASDAQ Biotechnology ETF586.947,598.297.72%
VTIVanguard Total Stock Market ETF549.68149,376.030.37%
VEAVanguard FTSE Developed Markets ETF531.8581,531.820.65%
AGGiShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF502.9374,405.540.68%
TLTiShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF462.3419,927.452.32%
MTUMiShares Edge MSCI U.S.A. Momentum Factor ETF431.4611,110.043.88%


Top 10 Redemptions (All ETFs)

TickerNameNet Flows ($,mm)AUM ($, mm)AUM % Change
SPYSPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust-1,983.48322,313.98-0.62%
IVViShares Core S&P 500 ETF-1,237.24220,213.77-0.56%
JNKSPDR Bloomberg Barclays High Yield Bond ETF-791.879,650.49-8.21%
BBJPJPMorgan BetaBuilders Japan ETF-671.133,234.08-20.75%
LQDiShares iBoxx USD Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF-669.1535,172.92-1.90%
XLUUtilities Select Sector SPDR Fund-447.5112,153.25-3.68%
XLBMaterials Select Sector SPDR Fund-383.984,061.51-9.45%
EWJiShares MSCI Japan ETF-320.1012,452.73-2.57%
XTiShares Exponential Technologies ETF-258.812,558.56-10.12%
QUALiShares Edge MSCI U.S.A. Quality Factor ETF-247.2417,863.77-1.38%


ETF Weekly Flows By Asset Class

 Net Flows ($, mm)AUM ($, mm)% of AUM
U.S. Equity3,216.602,683,294.140.12%
International Equity896.34909,585.430.10%
U.S. Fixed Income3,098.24799,984.150.39%
International Fixed Income645.5195,757.510.67%
Commodities ETFs808.9889,196.770.91%
Asset Allocation38.6511,085.860.35%


Asset Classes (Year-to-Date)

 Net Flows ($, mm)AUM ($, mm)% of AUM
U.S. Equity38,709.392,683,294.141.44%
International Equity16,916.49909,585.431.86%
U.S. Fixed Income31,109.49799,984.153.89%
International Fixed Income4,399.3895,757.514.59%
Commodities ETFs4,185.8389,196.774.69%
Asset Allocation272.5611,085.862.46%


Top 10 Volume Surprises, Funds >$50 mm AUM

TickerNameAverage Volume
(30 Day)
1 Week Average
% of Average
WBNDWestern Asset Total Return ETF34,009145,280427.18%
CCORCore Alternative ETF26,808102,117380.92%
SUSLiShares ESG MSCI USA Leaders ETF24,347100,726413.71%
POCTInnovator S&P 500 Power Buffer ETF - October88,754302,161340.45%
TPHDTimothy Plan High Dividend Stock ETF26,22475,464287.77%
PSCFInvesco S&P SmallCap Financials ETF6,68418,534277.28%
DEUSXtrackers Russell 1000 Comprehensive Factor ETF25,07373,060291.39%
MINCAdvisorShares Newfleet Multi-Sector Income ETF4,60415,608339.00%
HAPVanEck Vectors Natural Resources ETF20,05240,966204.30%
FDHYFidelity High Yield Factor ETF28,00668,928246.12%


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

TickerNameWeekly PerformanceWeekly VolumeAUM ($, mm)
PALLAberdeen Standard Physical Palladium Shares ETF11.20%245,652464.47
CNRGSPDR S&P Kensho Clean Power ETF9.04%64,00529.30
TANInvesco Solar ETF8.61%1,770,571670.20
ACESALPS Clean Energy ETF7.78%318,358190.83
PBWInvesco WilderHill Clean Energy ETF7.53%651,927365.88
GDXJVanEck Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF7.49%51,188,1115,312.31
SILJETFMG Prime Junior Silver Miners ETF6.84%1,742,865161.70
UNGUnited States Natural Gas Fund LP6.56%9,693,789546.15
SLVPiShares MSCI Global Silver Miners ETF6.36%534,676100.79
SILGlobal X Silver Miners ETF6.07%899,928560.91


Top 10 YTD Performers

TickerNameYTD PerformanceWeekly PerformanceAUM ($, mm)
PALLAberdeen Standard Physical Palladium Shares ETF38.94%11.20%464.47
TANInvesco Solar ETF35.91%8.61%670.20
PBWInvesco WilderHill Clean Energy ETF30.73%7.53%365.88
ACESALPS Clean Energy ETF28.88%7.78%190.83
QCLNFirst Trust NASDAQ Clean Edge Green Energy Index Fund24.99%6.02%248.13
ARKWARK Next Generation Internet ETF24.33%2.76%603.83
FNGSMicroSectors FANG+ ETN24.02%4.40%41.30
LITGlobal X Lithium & Battery Tech ETF22.93%1.90%635.91
CNRGSPDR S&P Kensho Clean Power ETF22.77%9.04%29.30
ICLNiShares Global Clean Energy ETF21.19%6.00%701.70


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.

Though he still closely follows the commodities beat, Sumit covers a much broader assortment of topics for, with a particular focus on stock and bond exchange-traded funds.

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.

He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he enjoys climbing the city’s steep hills, playing chess and snowboarding in Lake Tahoe.