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April Best Month For 2019 ETF Inflows

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Record highs in the U.S. stock market fueled the strongest monthly ETF inflows of the year so far. On net, investors added $31.8 billion to U.S.-listed ETFs during April, the biggest monthly haul of 2019 year-to-date. That brought 2019 inflows so far up to $79.7 billion, not far from last year’s $89.7 billion.

Unsurprisingly, U.S. equities were the place to be in April, as the S&P 500 notched an all-time high, eclipsing the previous one set in October. U.S. equity ETFs picked up $19.9 billion in new money, led by the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY), the iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (IVV) and the Invesco QQQ Trust (QQQ).

Fading Economic Concerns

Fading concerns about the health of the U.S. economy, especially after the release of much-better-than-expected first quarter GDP figures, bolstered confidence in U.S. stocks.

However, that confidence about the economy didn’t extend to the bond market.

Treasury yields hung near their lows of the year during April—supporting prices for bonds—thanks to tepid inflation and weak growth overseas. Investors plowed $8.8 billion into U.S. fixed income ETFs, including a whopping $3.3 billion into the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT).

TLT stands to benefit if interest rates continue lower, as many bond traders expect. The iShares U.S. Treasury Bond ETF (GOVT) was another popular fixed income fund during April, with inflows of $1.2 billion.

Short Term Bond ETFs Shunned

On the other hand, short term bond ETFs, which were so popular last year amid expectations of rate hikes, continued to shed assets in 2019 as the rate outlook shifts. The iShares 1-3 Year Treasury Bond ETF (SHY) and the Vanguard Short-Term Bond ETF (BSV) found themselves on the top of the outflows list.

Also falling out of favor in April were the iShares MSCI EAFE ETF (EFA), the iShares JPMorgan USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF (EMB), the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) and the iShares iBoxx USD Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF (LQD).

For a full list of the top inflows and outflows for April, see the tables below: 

 

Top Gainers (April 2019)

Ticker

Name

Issuer

Net Flows ($,mm)

AUM ($M)

% of AUM

YTD 2019 Net Flows($,M)

SPY

SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust

State Street Global Advisors

3,552.28

278,191.21

1.28%

-6,382.64

TLT

iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF

BlackRock

3,297.19

13,007.57

25.35%

4,375.50

IVV

iShares Core S&P 500 ETF

BlackRock

2,614.81

178,864.03

1.46%

3,367.03

IEFA

iShares Core MSCI EAFE ETF

BlackRock

2,212.88

64,014.39

3.46%

4,839.26

QQQ

Invesco QQQ Trust

Invesco

1,907.32

76,634.74

2.49%

1,124.87

XLF

Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund

State Street Global Advisors

1,660.30

25,803.59

6.43%

-864.63

BBCA

JPMorgan BetaBuilders Canada ETF

JPMorgan

1,306.05

3,735.99

34.96%

1,368.83

GOVT

iShares U.S. Treasury Bond ETF

BlackRock

1,242.15

9,839.04

12.62%

2,858.22

VOO

Vanguard S&P 500 ETF

Vanguard

1,225.34

113,164.05

1.08%

6,457.96

SDY

SPDR S&P Dividend ETF

State Street Global Advisors

1,041.15

19,687.72

5.29%

1,229.47

 

Top Gainers (Year-to-Date)

Ticker

Name

Issuer

Net Flows ($,mm)

AUM ($M)

% of AUM

April 2019 Net Flows($,M)

VOO

Vanguard S&P 500 ETF

Vanguard

6,457.96

113,164.05

5.71%

1,225.34

IEMG

iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF

BlackRock

5,289.67

60,724.54

8.71%

127.73

IEFA

iShares Core MSCI EAFE ETF

BlackRock

4,839.26

64,014.39

7.56%

2,212.88

TLT

iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF

BlackRock

4,375.50

13,007.57

33.64%

3,297.19

VCIT

Vanguard Intermediate-Term Corporate Bond ETF

Vanguard

4,161.76

23,371.38

17.81%

535.68

USMV

iShares Edge MSCI Min Vol U.S.A. ETF

BlackRock

3,762.82

25,463.50

14.78%

218.72

MBB

iShares MBS ETF

BlackRock

3,739.63

16,212.08

23.07%

370.66

VTI

Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF

Vanguard

3,524.45

115,169.96

3.06%

1,005.43

IVV

iShares Core S&P 500 ETF

BlackRock

3,367.03

178,864.03

1.88%

2,614.81

BNDX

Vanguard Total International Bond ETF

Vanguard

3,301.98

16,533.98

19.97%

205.81

 

Biggest Losers (April 2019)

Ticker

Name

Issuer

Net Flows ($,mm)

AUM ($M)

% of AUM

YTD 2019 Net Flows($,M)

EFA

iShares MSCI EAFE ETF

BlackRock

-1,984.52

63,176.45

-3.14%

-6,828.07

EMB

iShares JP Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF

BlackRock

-1,555.15

15,586.42

-9.98%

539.30

GLD

SPDR Gold Trust

State Street Global Advisors

-1,547.84

30,706.85

-5.04%

-1,697.68

LQD

iShares iBoxx USD Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF

BlackRock

-1,474.24

32,152.06

-4.59%

734.31

IWM

iShares Russell 2000 ETF

BlackRock

-1,297.14

43,604.82

-2.97%

-4,431.85

BSV

Vanguard Short-Term Bond ETF

Vanguard

-1,291.93

22,448.45

-5.76%

-5,765.56

TIP

iShares TIPS Bond ETF

BlackRock

-1,184.14

20,630.83

-5.74%

-1,431.85

SHY

iShares 1-3 Year Treasury Bond ETF

BlackRock

-897.21

19,622.15

-4.57%

-1,130.64

XLV

Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund

State Street Global Advisors

-795.50

18,186.76

-4.37%

-347.30

FXH

First Trust Health Care AlphaDEX Fund

First Trust

-639.23

1,419.23

-45.04%

-686.83

 

Biggest Losers (Year-to-Date)

Ticker

Name

Issuer

Net Flows ($,mm)

AUM ($M)

% of AUM

April 2019 Net Flows($,M)

EFA

iShares MSCI EAFE ETF

BlackRock

-6,828.07

63,176.45

-10.81%

-1,984.52

SPY

SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust

State Street Global Advisors

-6,382.64

278,191.21

-2.29%

3,552.28

BSV

Vanguard Short-Term Bond ETF

Vanguard

-5,765.56

22,448.45

-25.68%

-1,291.93

IWM

iShares Russell 2000 ETF

BlackRock

-4,431.85

43,604.82

-10.16%

-1,297.14

IWD

iShares Russell 1000 Value ETF

BlackRock

-3,879.84

38,918.10

-9.97%

-65.48

EWJ

iShares MSCI Japan ETF

BlackRock

-2,189.55

14,217.40

-15.40%

476.66

XLE

Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund

State Street Global Advisors

-1,907.02

13,566.07

-14.06%

-264.67

IWF

iShares Russell 1000 Growth ETF

BlackRock

-1,882.94

44,704.16

-4.21%

-102.89

GLD

SPDR Gold Trust

State Street Global Advisors

-1,697.68

30,706.85

-5.53%

-1,547.84

ACWX

iShares MSCI ACWI ex U.S. ETF

BlackRock

-1,543.01

3,758.12

-41.06%

0.00

 

Asset Classes (April 2019)

 

Net Flows ($, mm)

AUM ($, mm)

% of AUM

U.S. Equity

19,940.33

2,242,722.92

0.89%

International Equity

5,294.11

841,008.09

0.63%

U.S. Fixed Income

8,801.47

643,097.57

1.37%

International Fixed Income

-320.25

74,149.01

-0.43%

Commodities 

-2,078.72

62,119.34

-3.35%

Currency

15.08

1,477.43

1.02%

Leveraged

65.62

39,425.43

0.17%

Inverse

-241.69

11,432.33

-2.11%

Asset Allocation

91.79

9,619.13

0.95%

Alternatives

258.42

4,809.54

5.37%

Total:

31,826.16

3,929,860.79

0.81%

 

Asset Classes (Year-to-Date)

 

Net Flows ($, mm)

AUM ($, mm)

% of AUM

U.S. Equity

26,343.42

2,242,722.92

1.17%

International Equity

11,953.44

841,008.09

1.42%

U.S. Fixed Income

35,919.73

643,097.57

5.59%

International Fixed Income

6,526.29

74,149.01

8.80%

Commodities 

-1,962.70

62,119.34

-3.16%

Currency

-305.32

1,477.43

-20.67%

Leveraged

-1,855.13

39,425.43

-4.71%

Inverse

2,686.37

11,432.33

23.50%

Asset Allocation

-519.22

9,619.13

-5.40%

Alternatives

887.35

4,809.54

18.45%

Total:

79,674.24

3,929,860.79

2.03%

 

April 2019 League Table

Issuer

Net Flows ($,M)

AUM ($,M)

% of AUM

YTD 2019 Net Flows($,M)

BlackRock

7,815.62

1,535,851.91

0.51%

24,840.88

Vanguard

5,393.85

996,693.68

0.54%

22,991.07

State Street Global Advisors

6,984.19

648,825.95

1.08%

-3,642.09

Invesco

2,737.42

200,517.76

1.37%

4,322.38

Charles Schwab

1,305.77

139,587.43

0.94%

8,302.02

First Trust

1,621.61

75,147.55

2.16%

4,321.11

WisdomTree

18.86

39,888.06

0.05%

111.87

VanEck

-339.50

34,781.81

-0.98%

-1,207.40

ProShares

-81.77

32,513.32

-0.25%

1,711.65

JPMorgan

2,949.57

27,284.03

10.81%

5,049.03

Allianz

190.92

18,947.39

1.01%

293.95

Northern Trust

80.00

15,807.60

0.51%

6.90

Deutsche Bank

-145.59

14,493.57

-1.00%

2,021.97

Fidelity

255.39

13,686.22

1.87%

1,089.37

Rafferty Asset Management

-156.30

12,925.22

-1.21%

-1,155.34

SS&C

-185.78

12,805.81

-1.45%

-596.32

Goldman Sachs

130.16

12,067.98

1.08%

808.72

Mirae Asset Global Investments

337.68

10,107.92

3.34%

875.58

UBS

69.24

7,235.97

0.96%

90.79

OppenheimerFunds

566.09

5,314.32

10.65%

1,526.57

Barclays Bank PLC

207.48

5,236.38

3.96%

896.04

Exchange Traded Concepts

109.60

4,818.62

2.27%

120.93

Credit Suisse

431.34

4,799.27

8.99%

1,319.19

Pacer Financial

170.90

4,317.49

3.96%

848.83

John Hancock

43.74

4,080.48

1.07%

786.61

ETF Managers Group

72.75

3,892.33

1.87%

381.37

The Principal Financial Group

363.96

3,816.21

9.54%

383.41

New York Life

-77.02

3,776.49

-2.04%

-523.59

Hartford

130.62

3,275.87

3.99%

668.19

Victory Capital Management

12.29

3,226.51

0.38%

-43.72

ARK

66.42

2,940.80

2.26%

431.05

KraneShares

30.12

2,914.59

1.03%

364.22

Franklin Templeton Investments

259.91

2,580.09

10.07%

773.17

Aberdeen Asset Management

-51.66

2,508.71

-2.06%

-18.10

US Commodity Funds

-82.24

2,494.03

-3.30%

-507.89

Northern Lights

38.11

1,398.47

2.73%

177.94

USAA Asset Management

33.88

1,350.84

2.51%

126.36

Innovator Capital Management

222.46

1,269.75

17.52%

412.42

Virtus

32.11

1,123.26

2.86%

377.16

Legg Mason

111.80

1,122.31

9.96%

240.47

Janus Henderson

-16.84

1,114.52

-1.51%

99.82

CitiGroup

-18.72

842.78

-2.22%

-216.49

Transamerica

11.49

803.79

1.43%

-7.95

Nuveen

100.90

779.97

12.94%

173.59

Millington Securities Inc

-21.74

723.95

-3.00%

-95.15

Cambria

35.53

702.78

5.06%

45.84

Davis

7.66

696.30

1.10%

36.92

BMO

-124.73

686.62

-18.17%

-17.72

Columbia

9.44

680.34

1.39%

9.67

O’Shares Investment Advisers

-0.80

644.28

-0.12%

-3.07

AdvisorShares

7.54

618.85

1.22%

-2.51

Amplify

9.38

531.20

1.77%

-41.76

GraniteShares

-7.07

526.42

-1.34%

143.14

Alpha Architect

-6.50

428.31

-1.52%

1.45

Highland Capital Management

-6.05

385.29

-1.57%

-3.31

PGIM Investments

36.30

373.20

9.73%

95.89

Nationwide Fund Advisors

-8.46

357.27

-2.37%

-3.93

Montage Managers

-1.20

354.90

-0.34%

15.29

Strategy Shares

-4.25

270.43

-1.57%

-17.53

The RBB Fund

3.47

260.08

1.34%

39.22

Aptus Capital Advisors

-1.81

259.64

-0.70%

33.36

Reality Shares

-8.36

207.61

-4.03%

-22.67

Teucrium

10.39

150.58

6.90%

13.69

Arrow Investment Advisors

0.00

146.55

0.00%

-18.77

Merk

-4.89

144.03

-3.39%

0.90

ClearShares

0.00

140.43

0.00%

3.70

TrimTabs Asset Management

-9.91

136.84

-7.24%

-4.75

Aware Asset Management

30.18

119.53

25.25%

119.18

American Century

7.52

103.00

7.30%

16.46

US Global Investors

4.47

93.52

4.78%

-13.54

EntrepreneurShares, LLC

5.14

93.10

5.52%

11.75

Defiance ETFs

60.90

90.92

66.99%

84.01

Exponential ETFs

-0.02

79.88

-0.03%

6.03

Redwood Investment Management

0.61

62.59

0.98%

5.77

FQF Trust

-4.26

57.73

-7.39%

11.81

Natixis

0.00

53.01

0.00%

2.01

Syntax

-1.17

48.39

-2.42%

-1.17

Tidal ETF Services

46.78

47.39

98.71%

46.78

RYZZ Capital Management

0.63

47.32

1.33%

46.25

Gadsden

1.26

45.24

2.78%

23.64

OBP Capital LLC

0.00

44.67

0.00%

1.22

Renaissance Capital

7.63

42.97

17.75%

21.23

Advisors Asset Management

1.33

40.19

3.30%

14.79

Premise Capital

0.00

39.95

0.01%

4.43

Distillate Capital Partners

0.64

34.68

1.85%

13.71

Cboe Vest Financial

3.21

33.26

9.65%

8.45

Pacific Global ETF

-0.01

32.05

-0.02%

30.64

Validea Capital Management

0.00

24.89

0.00%

0.00

AlphaMark Advisors

0.00

24.18

0.00%

0.00

Morgan Stanley

-0.01

21.55

-0.03%

-2.28

Metaurus Advisors

-0.00

19.26

-0.00%

-0.60

Active Weighting Advisors

0.00

18.32

0.00%

-1.56

Point Bridge Capital

0.00

17.24

0.00%

-18.52

Salt Financial

1.92

15.93

12.08%

4.98

Sage Advisory Services

0.00

14.89

0.00%

0.00

CSOP

0.00

12.97

0.00%

-1.61

SL Advisors

-7.50

11.14

-67.32%

0.91

Cushing

0.00

10.35

0.00%

0.00

TigerShares

0.00

9.12

0.00%

1.32

StrongVest

0.00

7.64

0.00%

-1.25

Impact Shares

-1.02

7.41

-13.80%

0.95

USCF Advisers

0.00

6.94

0.00%

-0.88

Change Finance

0.00

6.37

0.00%

1.02

Little Harbor Advisors

0.00

6.04

0.00%

-0.56

Hoya Capital Real Estate

0.65

4.59

14.27%

4.41

Regents Park Funds

0.00

4.57

0.00%

-1.13

TriLine Index Solutions

0.00

4.05

0.00%

-0.56

EquBot

0.00

3.67

0.00%

0.00

ProcureAM

2.50

2.60

96.21%

2.50

Whitford Asset Management

0.00

0.73

0.00%

0.00

Swedish Export Credit

0.00

0.00

0.00%

0.00

 

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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