Equity ETFs Attract $20.9 Billion, Largest Weekly Inflow of Year

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The data in the article below is sourced from Lipper’s Global Fund Flows application. GFF can be found on LSEG Workspace (“FundFlows”).

During LSEG Lipper's fund-flows week that ended June 26, 2024, investors were overall net purchasers of fund assets (including both conventional funds and ETFs) for the eighth week in 10, adding a net $14.3 billion.

This past week, money market funds (-$7.0 billion), tax-exempt bond funds (-$498 million), mixed-assets funds (-$297 million), and alternative investments funds (-$182 million) suffered outflows.
Equity funds (+$17.7 billion), taxable bond funds (+$4.7 billion), and commodities funds (+$284 million) posted net inflows.

Active (-$838 million) equity funds suffered outflows for the fourteenth straight week. Passive equity funds (+$16.4 billion) logged their first inflow in three weeks as they reported their largest weekly inflow of the year.

Both active (+$292 million) and passive (+$3.7 billion) fixed income funds saw inflows. Passively managed fixed income funds have recorded four consecutive weekly inflows.
In aggregate, spot bitcoin ETFs saw an outflow (-$550 million) over the week, which was only the third weekly outflow since launching in mid-January.

Index Performance

At the close of LSEG Lipper’s fund-flows week, U.S. broad-based equity indices reported mostly negative returns— Russell 2000 (-0.32%), Nasdaq (-0.32%), and S&P 500 (-0.17%). The DJIA (+0.72%) has seen three weekly gains in four.

Broad-based fixed income indices also mostly recognized losses—FTSE U.S. Broad Investment Grade Bond Total Return Index (-0.56%) and FTSE Municipal Tax-Exempt Investment Grade Bond Index (-0.15%) saw sub-zero returns. The FTSE High Yield Market Total Return Index (+0.06%) logged its third gain over the prior four weeks.

The S&P/TSX Composite (+1.34%) and Nikkei 225 (+1.11%) recorded plus-side returns, while other overseas broad-based indices struggled—the DAX Total Return (-0.15%), FTSE 100 (-0.61%), and Shanghai Composite (-1.64) all returned their second week of losses in three.


Both the two- (+0.62%) and 10-year (+2.40%) Treasury yield rose over the course of the week. Since the start of the year, both yields have risen (+11.55% and +11.64%, respectively).

According to Freddie Mac, the 30-year fixed-rate average (FRM) decreased for the seventh week in eight, with the weekly average currently at 6.86%. Both the United States Dollar Index (DXY, +0.76%) and VIX (+0.56%) increased over the course of the week.

For the next meeting, the CME FedWatch Tool has the likelihood of the Federal Reserve leaving interest rates unchanged at 89.7%. This tool forecasted a 10.2% possibility of a 25-bps cut one month ago. The next meeting is scheduled for July 31, 2024.

Exchange-Traded Equity Funds

Exchange-traded equity funds recorded a $20.9 billion weekly inflow—its first in three weeks. The macro-group posted a 0.34% loss on the week, its first week in the red in four.

Large-cap ETFs (+$22.4 billion), multi-cap ETFs (+$634 million), and mid-cap ETFs (+$369 million) posted the largest inflows. Under large-cap ETFs, the S&P 500 Index Funds Lipper classification rebounded from a bad two-week stretch, adding $21.7 billion—the fourth-largest weekly inflow on record for S&P 500 Index ETFs. Two weeks ago, the ETFs within this classification took home the headline, seeing its largest outflow on record (-$17.4 billion).

Developed international markets ETFs (-$1.2 billion), sector equity ETFs (-$867 million), and emerging markets equity ETFs (-$306 million) witnessed the top weekly outflows under equity ETFs.

Over the past fund-flows week, the two top equity ETF flow attractors were SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY, +$14.5 billion) and iShares S&P 500 Core ETF (IVV, +$6.8 billion).

Meanwhile, the two equity ETFs leading in weekly outflows were Invesco QQQ Trust Series 1 (QQQ, -$3.3 billion) and iShares Semiconductor ETF (SOXX, -$629 million).

Exchange-Traded Fixed Income Funds

Exchange-traded taxable fixed income funds observed a $5.7 billion weekly inflow—the macro group’s seventh weekly inflow in eight weeks. Fixed income ETFs reported a loss of 0.37% on average, marking the second sub-zero return in three weeks.

Government & Treasury ETFs (+$2.4 billion), general domestic taxable fixed income ETFs (+$1.5 billion), and short/intermediate investment-grade ETFs (+$1.2 billion) were the top subgroups under taxable bond ETFs to observe inflows. Government & Treasury ETFs have posted 17 inflows over the last 20 weeks and have seen nine straight.

Emerging markets debt ETFs (-$44 million) and high yield ETFs (-$28 million) were the only taxable fixed income subgroups to record an outflow on the week. Emerging markets debt ETFs have posted four weekly outflows in five weeks.

Municipal bond ETFs reported a $261 million outflow over the week, marking the first outflow in four weeks. Municipal bond ETFs also realized their first gain (-0.24%) in as many weeks.
iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT, +$2.1 billion) and iShares iBoxx $Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF (LQD, +$877 million) attracted the largest amounts of weekly net new money under fixed income ETFs.

On the other hand, SPDR Portfolio High Yield Bond ETF (SPHY, -$351 million) and iShares TIPS Bond ETF (TIP, -$343 million) suffered the largest weekly outflows.

Conventional Equity Funds

Conventional equity funds (ex-ETFs) witnessed weekly outflows (-$5.4 billion) for the one-hundred-and-twenty-fourth straight week. Conventional equity funds posted a weekly return of negative 0.23%.

Large-cap funds (-$1.6 billion), mid-cap funds (-$933 million), and developed international markets funds (-$739 million) were the top conventional equity fund subgroups to realize weekly outflows.

Large-cap conventional mutual funds logged their twenty-eighth outflow over the past 30 weeks, led by the Large-Cap Growth classification (-$1.4 billion).

No subgroup under conventional equity mutual funds reported an inflow over the trailing week.
Conventional Fixed Income Funds

Conventional taxable-fixed income funds realized an outflow of $1.3 billion—marking the eighth outflow over the past 10 weeks. The macro-group realized a loss of 0.31% on average—their fourth week in the red over the past six.

Short/intermediate investment-grade funds (-$830 million), high yield funds (-$203 million), and short/intermediate government & Treasury funds (-$156 million) led taxable fixed income subgroups in net outflows. Short/intermediate investment-grade funds suffered their eighth outflow in 10 weeks, led by the Core Plus Bond Funds classification (-$584 million).

Alternative bond funds (+$68 million) was the only taxable fixed income subgroup to observe inflows over the week as they observed their ninth weekly intake in 10.

Municipal bond conventional funds (ex-ETFs) returned a negative 0.27% over the fund-flows week, giving the subgroup its first weekly loss in four. Tax-exempt fixed income mutual funds experienced a $236 million outflow, marking the sixth outflow in seven weeks.

*Lipper weekly fund flows period is from the prior Thursday through Wednesday.

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