ETF Performance Reports

Exchange traded fund investors exited U.S. stocks in January on growing concerns over growth and lackluster earnings results, but many shift into safe-haven assets in response to the heightened volatility. According to BlackRock data, global ETF investors shifted into safer Treasury bonds and pulled $11.2 billion out of U.S. stock ETFs. Treasury bond funds attracted […]

The $3.5 billion First Trust Dorsey Wright Focus 5 ETF (NasdaqGM: FV) has helped exchange traded fund investors target some high-flying sectors, but the momentum strategy recently cut its biotech position for a defensive play. The First Trust Dorsey Wright Focus 5 ETF follows DWA’s relative strength ranking system where sector ETFs are compared to […]

With crude oil prices hovering near $30 per barrel, investors have jumped in to oil-related exchange traded funds, betting that the markets have been oversold. Money managers have increased wagers on crude oil prices, reports Mark Shenk for Bloomberg. According to the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, total bets on crude oil surged to the […]

As the risk-off environment extends, investors are pulling out of riskier assets like emerging market exchange traded funds. However, one Latin American market is bucking the trend. Investors yanked over $1 billion out of U.S.-listed emerging market exchange traded funds over the past week, reports Kenneth Kohn for Bloomberg. Emerging-market-related ETFs saw $1.16 billion in […]

The lackluster earnings season and ongoing economic weakness have caused exchange traded fund investors to shift away from riskier equity markets into more conservative, safe-haven assets. According to EPFR data, investors redeemed over $10 billion from U.S. equity funds in the week ended February 4, the fifth constitutive week funds have recorded an outflow, reports […]

U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds experienced their roughest start to a new year but ended the month on a lighter note after the Bank of Japan surprised markets with an aggressive policy move. Year-to-date, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 5.7%, the Nasdaq Composite dropped 6.0% and the S&P 500 retreated 4.9%. The […]

The exchange traded fund industry recently recorded its best annual growth spurt despite the market volatility, and the industry could enjoy an even faster expansion as institutional investors increasingly utilize the investment tool. According to a recent Greenwich Associates Study, Institutional Investment in ETFs: Versatility Fuels Growth, U.S. institutional investors plan to increase their use of […]

As global markets plunged deeper into a correction, investors exited stock exchange traded funds for the third straight week. According to EPFR data, U.S. stock funds experienced $4.2 billion in withdrawals for the week ended January 20, which added to the worst three-week period of outflows since April, Reports Eric Platt for the Financial Times. […]

Exchange traded funds that track the emerging markets experienced their worst weekly outflows since August last week. However, anxious investors may have dumped holdings prematurely as the oversold market rallied Tuesday. Investors yanked over $2.12 billion out of U.S.-listed emerging market ETFs in the week ended January 15, with China and Hong-Kong ETFs leading the […]

In a volatile 2015, investors lost confidence in active fund managers, shifting into cheaper index-based investments and exchange traded funds that promise to reflect market moves. According to Morningstar data, investors pulled $207.3 billion from actively managed mutual funds and moved $413.8 billion into passively managed funds, reports Sarah Krouse for the Wall Street Journal. […]

The global exchange traded fund industry continued to enjoy record inflows over 2015 despite a tumultuous year for the markets. According to ETFGI data, the global exchange traded products industry, which includes both ETFs and exchange traded notes, gathered a record $372.0 billion in net inflows over 2015, or a 10% increase over the prior […]

U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds experienced a wild ride this year, but with everything said and done, the markets are closing out 2015 pretty much where they started. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped 1.5% over 2015. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite increased 6.5% and the S&P 500 was flat. The top performing non-leveraged […]

The exchange traded fund industry continues to expand its product line, providing investors with a growing number of strategies to customize and maximize their portfolios. According to XTF data, there are now 1,843 exchange traded products, which include exchange traded funds and exchange traded notes, with $2.15 trillion in assets under management. Fund sponsors launched […]

After a Federal Reserve-induced multi-year rally in equities, exchange traded fund investors pulled out of U.S. stocks and shifted into international markets where people may still find more attractive valuations. For instance, the WisdomTree Europe Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: HEDJ) was the most popular ETF of 2015, attracting close to $14.0 billion in net inflows […]

Exchange traded funds have seen trading activity increase over the years as more investors see the benefits of the investment vehicle. For instance, since ETFs trade on an exchange like a stock, many have utilized the funds to execute quick or tactical positions to capitalize on market turns. While ETFs accumulate more assets and investor […]

The Goldman Sachs ActiveBeta Emerging Markets Equity ETF (NYSEarca: GEM), a relatively new player in the emerging markets exchange traded fund space, has quickly caught the eyes of institutional investors. GEM, which first began trading in September, has grown to $552.3 million in assets under management after attracting $375.6 million in net inflows this month, […]

Emerging market exchange traded funds have been among the least loved assets this year as foreign investment in developing economies dipped to the lowest level since the financial downturn. Year-to-date, the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO) and the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM), the two largest emerging markets exchange traded funds […]

Exchange traded fund investors continued to pile into developed market equities over November but shifted away from Treasury bond funds in anticipation of a possible December rate hike. “Developed markets equities drive global ETP flows on stronger U.S. growth and ECB stimulus prospects,” according to BlackRock ETP Research. Specifically, U.S. equity-related ETFs attracted $20.1 billion […]

U.S.-listed exchange traded funds continued to attract billions of dollars in November as low-cost passive strategies enticed investors in a volatile market. Erik Oja, S&P Capital IQ equity analyst covering asset managers, argues that long-term trend away from active funds to passive funds was exacerbated during the recent volatility, with BlackRock benefiting the most from […]

A tumultuous year for the equities market has pushed more investors into low-volatility exchange traded fund strategies that try to diminish the swings. The BlackRock (NYSE: BLK) iShares minimum volatility suite has attracted $7 billion in net inflows this year and now hold about $15 billion in assets under management, reports James Comtois for Pensions […]

After a stellar October, the equities market and stock exchange traded funds had a more tepid November, with traders waiting for a potential rate hike in December. Over November, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 0.6%, the Nasdaq Composite was 0.4% lower and the S&P 500 dipped 1.1%. The best performing non-leveraged ETFs over […]

Exchange traded fund investors are dumping Treasury bond exposure at their quickest pace in over a year ahead of rising expectations for the Federal Reserve’s first interest rate hike in almost a decade. In November, among the top ETF redemptions, the iShares 1-3 Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEArca: SHY) saw $1.4 billion in net outflows, […]

For the first time since June, exchange traded funds are dumping their fixed-income holdings in droves ahead a potential December Federal Reserve interest rate hike. ETF investors yanked $1.2 billion from fixed-income funds in November, Bloomberg reports. Pushing bond ETF investors out the door, the Federal Reserve is expected to announce its first interest rate […]

Despite the billions that has flowed into exchange traded funds, the municipal bond ETF space still has plenty of room to grow. Through September 30, actively managed municipal-debt funds had $573 billion in assets under management, compared to just $20 billion for index funds – the largest active-to-passive difference for eight distinct fund types tracked […]

After the precipitous plunge in Chinese equities, exchange traded fund investors remain wary of China, largely ignoring a rally that has pushed Chinese markets back into bull territory. The iShares China Large-Cap ETF (NYSEArca: FXI), the largest China-related ETF that tracks Chinese companies listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange, has jumped 20.2% since the […]

After the Federal Reserve stated it was standing pat for the time being in and riskier assets began to rally off the recent selling, U.S. corporate bond exchange traded funds saw their largest monthly inflows ever. U.S. corporate debt-related ETFs saw $8.3 billion in inflows over October, reports Eric Balchunas for Bloomberg. High-yield corporate bond […]

Despite the huge October rally, investors yanked half a billion dollars out of Germany country-specific exchange traded funds. Over the past month, the iShares MSCI Germany ETF (NYSEArca: EWG) rose 9.6% and iShares Currency Hedged MSCI Germany ETF (NYSEArca: HEWG) gained 11.0%. EWG tries to reflect the performance of the MSCI Germany Index, and HEWG […]

After the summer pullback, investors dived back into stock exchange traded funds over October, adding to the best monthly equity market rally in four years. U.S.-listed stock ETFs attracted more inflows over October than the rest of the year combined, reports Eric Balchunas for Bloomberg. Equity ETFs saw $10 billion in net inflows over October, […]

Despite finishing on a down note, the equities market and stock exchange traded funds closed out their best month in four years. Over October, the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased 8.5%, the Nasdaq Composite advanced 9.3% and the S&P 500 rose 8.3%. The best performing non-leveraged ETFs over the past month include Global X MSCI […]

Asia Pacific stocks and regional exchange traded funds experienced their best month in six years after a steep sell-off enticed value investors. Over the past month, the Vanguard FTSE Pacific ETF (NYSEArca: VPL) rose 10.1%, Global X FTSE ASEAN 40 ETF (NYSEArca: ASEA) gained 10.1%, SPDR S&P Emerging Asia Pacific ETF (NYSEArca: GMF) advanced 10.0% […]