ETFs Post Net Outflows in May

Strategic Insight, an Asset International company, estimated that U.S. exchange-traded funds (ETFs) experienced roughly $6.5 billion in net outflows in May.

May was the first month of net outflows from ETFs after eight consecutive months of net inflows. Most of the net outflows came from U.S. equity ETFs, which saw $10.5 billion in net outflows (compared with $11.3 billion in net inflows in April).   

Meanwhile, investors put $2.5 billion of net inflows into bond ETFs.   

According to the data, U.S. ETF assets stood at $1.11 trillion at the end of May, down from $1.13 trillion a month earlier.   

“Despite a pullback in May, U.S. ETFs are still on pace to log their fifth straight year of $100 billion or more in net inflows,” said Loren Fox, senior research analyst at Strategic Insight. “This is a testament to the growing retail and institutional demand for ETFs.”  

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