ETFs On Pace for Sixth Year of $100B Inflows

U.S. exchange-traded funds (ETFs) saw $15 billion in net inflows in February 2012.

According to Strategic Insight (SI), an Asset International company, that brought total ETF net inflows to $43 billion for the first two months of 2012 – more than double the $18 billion in net inflows to ETFs in the first two months of 2011, and a pace that could result in the sixth straight year of $100 billion or more in net inflows to U.S. ETFs.   

The most popular ETF categories in February were emerging markets equities ($5 billion in net inflows), high yield bond ($2 billion) and commodities ($2 billion). The top-drawing ETFs in February were the Vanguard MSCI Emerging Markets Stock Index ETF ($2.5 billion in net inflows), the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Stock Index Fund ($1.6 billion) and SPDR Gold Shares ETF ($1.3 billion).  

At the end of February 2012, U.S. ETF assets (including ETNs) stood at a record $1.204 trillion, up from $1.06 trillion at the end of December. 

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