The iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (NYSEArca: HYG), the largest junk bond ETF, gained $910 million over that period. However, amid fears of the Federal Reserve raising interest rates next year and recent weakness in equities, 2014 has tried investors’ patience with high-yield bond ETFs. HYG is still lighter by $1.5 billion on the year, an outflows total surpassed by only eight other ETFs. [Junk Bond ETF Problems]
Although the fourth quarter is still young, nine of the top-10 ETFs for inflows are bond ETFs with the iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: IVV) being the outlier. SHY, BND, HYG, AGG and IEF, in that order, are among the top-10 ETFs for inflows to this point in the fourth quarter.
iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF
Tom Lydon’s clients own shares of HYG and IVV.