August ETF flows

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Investors added $15 billion into US exchange-traded funds in August, raising total assets to $1.912 trillion.

The bulk of investor dollars flowed into US fixed income and international equity.

Alternative, commodity, currency, and leveraged exchange-traded funds all experienced investor redemption during the month (see table 1. below).

Among the top three US exchange-traded fund providers, Blackrock iShares garnered $10,734.11B of investor inflow; Vanguard added $5,237.96B: while State Street experienced an outflow of $-5,111.34 B, led by investor redemption from the SPDR 500 ETF.

 Table 1. ETF category flows

Category Net Flows ($, M) AUM ($, M) % of AUM
U.S. Fixed Income 7,692.04 263,300.55 2.92%
International Equity 6,293.55 463,070.62 1.36%
U.S. Equity 583.01 1,041,682.30 0.06%
Asset Allocation 487.35 5,533.00 8.81%
Inverse 449.95 20,777.26 2.17%
International Fixed Income 62.83 24,942.60 0.25%
Alternatives -16.46 3,065.24 -0.54%
Commodities -29.63 66,067.90 -0.04%
Currency -99.68 1,545.83 -6.45%
Leveraged -332.23 22,688.95 -1.46%
Total: 15,090.74 1,912,674.24 0.79%

Table 2. Top Gaining Fund flows

Fund Issuer Flows AUM ($, M)
iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond BlackRock 1,472.48 7,748.42
Vanguard S&P 500 Vanguard 1,243.17 21,803.85
iShares 1-3 Year Treasury Bond BlackRock 1,225.75 9,024.69
iShares Core S&P 500 BlackRock 1,147.42 61,268.63
iShares MSCI Emerging Markets BlackRock 883.35 44,334.11
Consumer Staples Select SPDR SSgA 801.74 6,845.57
iShares MSCI Hong Kong BlackRock 788.98 3,221.11
Vanguard Total Stock Market Vanguard 767.09 46,625.16
iShares 3-7 Year Treasury Bond BlackRock 765.2 3,880.24
iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond BlackRock 764.26 12,677.94

Table 3. Top Losing Fund flows

Fund Issuer Flows AUM ($, M)
SPDR S&P 500 SSgA -6,527.71 172,701.38
iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap BlackRock -1,350.94 21,995.28
iShares MSCI EMU BlackRock -1,309.86 8,703.65
Vanguard FTSE Europe Vanguard -687.46 15,573.56
iShares U.S. Utilities BlackRock -640.63 1,143.77
Utilities Select SPDR SSgA -639.41 5,935.07
iShares S&P 100 BlackRock -592.55 4,473.93
ProShares Ultra MidCap 400 ProShares -538.68 173.45
ProShares Ultra Russell 2000 ProShares -515.13 181.08
PowerShares QQQ PowerShares -497.34 46,754.14

Data courtesy of  US ETFs Hauled In $15B Flows In August,  ETF.com.

August asset class returns

Monthly asset class returns are shown in the accompanying chart.

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