ETF Trends
ETF Trends

After fleeing the funds in September and the first half of October, investors continue returning to exchange traded funds holding speculative-grade debt.

For the week ended Nov. 12, retail investors poured $890 million into high-yield bond funds, marking the fourth consecutive week of inflows, reports Matt Fuller for

Interestingly, the bulk of those inflows were not directed to ETFs. Junk bond ETFs captured just $93 million of that $890 million, according to That is a reversal from the year-earlier period when nearly all of the flows to high-yield bond funds went to ETFs. Still, the overall fourth-quarter inflows numbers for junk bond ETFs are strong.

For example, the iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (NYSEArca: HYG), the largest junk bond ETF, has pulled in almost $1.7 billion this quarter, a total exceeded by just eight other ETFs. For the week ended Nov. 13, HYG added nearly $129 million in new assets. [Big Cash to Bond ETFs]

Investors have also warmed to short-duration high-yield offerings in the current quarter. For example, the SPDR Barclays Short Term High Yield Bond ETF (NYSEArca: SJNK) has added nearly $400 million in new assets this quarter.

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