In another sign of the times, the Utilities Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLU) was by far the most searched sector fund of the week. Some investors use utilities as replacements for bonds and along those lines, increased search activity in XLU and rival utilities ETFs meant no bond funds were found in our top 20. Stick with the flight to safety theme, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) made its first appearance on this list in quite a while.

Looking at international ETFs, the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO) and the iShares MSCI Frontier 100 ETF (NYSEArca: FM) tussled for spots in the top-10 and both succeeded. The iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EWZ) gained 1.7% despite a lousy week for U.S. stocks and rightfully earned a spot in this week’s top-10 as easily the most searched single-country ETF on ETF Trends. [Investors are Skipping Brazil for Mexico]

iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF

Tom Lydon’s clients own shares of GLD.

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