Investors Fleeing Safe-Haven ETFs
July 20th 2012 at 10:41am by John Spence
Investors’ increased appetite for risk over the past month is visible in selling of ETFs indexed to U.S. Treasury bonds, gold and other traditional safe-haven sectors.
For the trailing month, iShares Barclays 1-3 Year Treasury Bond Fund (NYSEArca: SHY) has seen the largest outflows with investors pulling $1.6 billion, according to data from XTF.com.
Additionally, investors have withdrawn $972.5 million and $628.1 million from iShares Barclays 3-7 Year Treasury Bond Fund (NYSEArca: IEI) and iShares Barclays 7-10 Year Treasury Bond Fund (NYSEArca: IEF), respectively.
They have also been exiting the largest gold ETF with prices below $1,600 an ounce on speculation the Federal Reserve is less likely to engage in further quantitative easing. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) has experienced net outflows of $1.2 billion the past month.
The pain has spilled over into gold miner ETFs. Market Vectors Gold Miners (NYSEArca: GDX) has seen redemptions of $465.7 million.
In U.S. equity sectors, Utilities Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLU) has experienced the biggest outflow the past month at $267.4 million, according to XTF.com. The utilities ETF was a huge seller in 2011 with investors gravitating to stable, dividend-paying sectors.
Chart source: XTF.com
Full disclosure: Tom Lydon’s clients own GLD and SHY.
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