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 -$4.8 billion in net outflows borne by equity ETFs in weekly asset flows.
Weekly Asset Class Fund Flows
|Asset Class||AUM ($, mm)||Net Flows ($, mm)|
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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