Cinthia Murphy, Managing Editor for ETF.com
A net of $45 billion flowed into U.S.-listed ETFs in the past week—a weekly record—proving that ETF asset movements can be just as volatile as the market itself.
The bulk of the new inflows was seen in U.S. equity funds, and of particular note were massive creations in three large U.S. dividend ETFs: the iShares Select Dividend ETF (DVY), the Schwab U.S. Dividend Equity ETF (SCHD) and the Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF (VIG). Collectively, these three ETFs attracted more than $7.7 billion in net new assets in just five days.
Top 10 Creations (All ETFs)
Net Flows ($,mm)
AUM ($, mm)
AUM % Change
SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust
iShares Select Dividend ETF
PowerShares QQQ Trust
iShares Core MSCI EAFE ETF
Schwab U.S. Dividend Equity ETF
Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF
iShares Russell 2000 ETF
Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund
iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF
iShares Core S&P Small Cap ETF
ETF Weekly Flows By Asset Class
Net Flows ($, mm)
AUM ($, mm)
% of AUM
U.S. Fixed Income
International Fixed Income
In all, the U.S. ETF market is nearing the end of the first quarter with net asset inflows of almost $100 billion so far in 2018, a strong start to the year despite February’s net outflows.
Gold Steady As It Goes
Volatility may have been a common theme across equity, bonds and even ETF asset flows this year, but the gold market has barely moved despite all the action. Gold price volatility, as measured by the Cboe Gold ETF VIX Index, is historically low.
Perhaps in all the market turmoil this year, gold has been delivering what it’s known to offer: a safe haven, even as it continues to inch higher. Gold prices are rising for their third-consecutive year.
Investors who own funds like the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD), among other gold ETFs, will continue to eye the market, which analysts say should remain supported by seasonal trends.
Cboe Gold ETF VIX Index
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