July ETF Inflows Top $44 billion

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Inflows for global exchange traded products soared to $44.1 billion last month, the best month since September 2012, when inflows reached $45.1 billion.

Year-to-date inflows of $143.3 billion are now ahead of last year's record of $128.3 billion, according to data from BlackRock (NYSE: BLK ), parent company of iShares, the world's largest ETF issuer.

Helped by a rebound in U.S. stocks, U.S. equity ETFs attracted $31.6 billion in cash in July, more than triple the amount that went into equity mutual funds .


Following outflows of $8.4 billion in June, bond ETFs raked in $6.4 billion in July, with $2.6 billion of that total going to junk bond funds. That is good for the largest amount to high-yield bond funds since February 2012, according to BlackRock.

"Flows into US Sector funds swelled to $6.2bn, the highest monthly total since 2008. Investors favored more economically sensitive sectors including Financials with $2.3bn, Technology with $1.2bn, and Energy with $0.6bn," said BlackRock. The Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSE: XLF ), the largest financial services ETF by assets, is the only sector fund among the top-10 asset-gathering ETFs on a year-to-date basis.

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Investors continued to pull money out of ETFs backed by physical gold, such as the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSE: GLD ) and the iShares Gold Trust (NYSE: IAU ) last month. Outflows from gold ETFs were $2.6 billion in July, bringing the two-month total to $6.9 billion, according to BlackRock data.

Emerging markets ETFs, which have frustrated investors for much of 2013 , saw small inflows of $500 million last month after $4.3 billion in redemptions in the previous month. However, investors did pull $1.1 billion from China ETFs in July.

On a year-to-date basis, the top three ETFs in terms of inflows are the SPDR S&P 500 (NYSE: SPY ), the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (NYSE: DXJ ) and the iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSE: EWJ ).

"US and Japanese Equity exposures account for the bulk of the year-over-year Equity flow growth. Both equity markets have been bolstered by accommodative CentralBank monetary policies," said BlackRock.

Other funds on the top-10 list for 2013 inflows include the iShares Russell 2000 ETF (NYSE: IWM ), XLF, the Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (NYSE: VTI ) and the PowerShares Senior Loan Portfolio (NYSE: BKLN ).

Nine of the top-10 ETFs in terms of year-to-date outflows are listed in the U.S. and the list is lead by GLD with 2013 outflows of nearly $19.9 billion. Other members of that list include the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSE: EEM ), the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSE: VWO ), the SPDR Barclays Capital High Yield Bond (NYSE: JNK ), the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSE: EWZ ) and the iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF (NYSE: EMB ), according to BlackRock.

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