Investors Jump on Emerging Market ETFs in Search for Yield

Emerging market stock- and bond-related exchange traded funds are experiencing robust inflows as the lingering global easy-money environment is drawing more investors to riskier assets in search of higher returns.

Emerging market bond funds are experiencing the largest inflows on record as pension funds, sovereign wealth funds and other big institutions joined the search for riskier asset classes, reports Jonathan Wheatley for the Financial Times.

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“This is capitulation,” Sergio Trigo Paz, head of EM fixed income portfolio management at BlackRock, told the Financial Times. “The big, big investors are starting to move.”

According to EPFR data, emerging market bond funds experienced two record weeks of flows.

Equity emerging market funds are taking in their fair share as well. According to the Institute of International Finance data over the past week, cross-border flows to emerging market stocks and bonds hit their highest level since the Federal Reserve pulled back from rising rates in September 2013.

In U.S. markets, the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM), which tracks the benchmark MSCI Emerging Markets Index, was the most popular U.S.-listed ETF of the past week, attracting $2.4 billion in net inflows, according to Additionally, among the top 10 ETFs by asset inflows for the past week, the iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: IEMG) added $718.7 million and the iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF (NYSEArca: EMB) attracted $405.8 million.

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