Weekly Asset Flows: Bonds Take the Cake | ETF Trends

The third month of the year is upon us, and with it comes another strong performance for bonds, with the asset class lording its $4.5 billion in weekly asset flows. That’s much more than the only other asset class to take in net flows, the multi-asset class, which added just $27.4 million to its $31 billion AUM, and nearly the total opposite to the -$4.8 billion in net outflows borne by equity ETFs in weekly asset flows.

Asset Class AUM ($, mm) Net Flows ($, mm)
Bond $1,287,089.58 $4,554.62
Multi-Asset $30,958.89 $27.38
Alternatives $5,498.35 -$10.69
Currency $3,777.10 -$18.22
Volatility $2,789.97 -$60.53
Preferred Stock $32,052.00 -$79.96
Real Estate $70,847.23 -$594.78
Commodity $130,541.70 -$799.30
Equity $5,208,174.06 -$4,769.52


Bonds may be able to attribute the inflows to a new wave of Fed rate hikes over the horizon, offering even more yield in a variety of bond subclasses. Treasuries led the way over the last week, with the iShares Short Treasury Bond ETF (SHV) adding $2.6 billion in that time, according to VettaFi, followed by the SPDR Bloomberg 1-3 Month T-Bill ETF (BIL), which added just under $2 billion.

Just one of the top five bond ETFs based on net weekly inflows focused on a bond segment other than Treasuries, with the broad-based Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF (BND) adding $892 million, according to VettaFi. In an interesting inversion, the iShares 0-3 Month Treasury Bond ETF (SGOV) and the SPDR Portfolio Short Term Treasury ETF (SPTS) took the third and fourth places, adding $1.4 billion and $1 billion, respectively, suggesting a lot of investor demand in short- and very short-term Treasuries.

Though it recently celebrated its 30th birthday, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY) led the way in equity ETF outflows for the week with -$3.8 billion, followed by other broad index-focused strategies like the iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (IVV) and the iShares Russell 200 ETF (IWM) with -$1 billion in that same time frame.

That move off of the S&P 500 and the Russell 200 may also be reflected in the $50.6 million and $26.1 million in net inflows added by the Global X S&P 500 Covered Call ETF (XYLD) and the Global X Russell 200 Covered Call ETF (RYLD) over the last week, according to VettaFi, too.

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