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ETF Fund flows Dec 2012: US ETF inflows hit a record $188B in 2012

Friday, January 04, 2013
Opalesque Industry Update: IndexUniverse just released its December 2012 ETF Fund Flows data. The full report can be accessed by clicking here.

Highlights include:

  • Investors poured a record $188 billion into U.S.-listed ETFs in 2012; the previous record of more than $175 billion was set in 2008
  • Total ETF assets ended the year at almost $1.349 trillion, 27 percent higher than the $1.062 trillion a year earlier and 2.5 times as much as the $537 billion total at the end of 2008.
  • The 2012 year-end asset total, just shy of an all-time record of $1.350 trillion reached on Thursday, Dec. 20, also reflects the rise in global stock markets last year. The Dow, for example, rose 7.3 percent.
  • Of the $188 billion in 2012 inflows, $151 billion, or 80 percent of the total, came from the three biggest firms: BlackRock's iShares, State Street Global Advisors and Vanguard.
  • Last year's asset-gathering winner was the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY), the biggest ETF in the world. It pulled in $15.77 billion, or more than 8 percent of the total asset haul.
  • The Nos. 2 and 3 funds: the Vanguard MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO) and the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index Fund (NYSEArca: EEM), both gathered about $10.5 billion.
  • Bond ETF assets grew quite sharply in 2012, and the launch of Bill Gross' Pimco Total Return ETF (NYSEArca: BOND) on March 1 kept the phenomenon in sharp focus throughout the year.
  • Bill Gross' Pimco Total Return ETF (NYSEArca: BOND), the second-most-successful ETF launch in history after the bullion fund SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), ended 2012 as the 10th-most-popular fund. It gathered $3.77 billion and ended the year with $3.87 billion in assets, making it the most successful fund launch of 2012.
  • GLD, the world's second-biggest ETF—with assets of $72 billion—ended the year as the No. 5 fund, with inflows of $5.75 billion.
  • The Top 10 list included fixed-income ETFs such as the iShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond Fund (NYSEArca: LQD) and the iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond Fund (NYSEArca: HYG). LQD added $6.85 billion, while HYG pulled in $4.5 billion.
  • Overall, bond funds pulled in around $56 billion, or about 30 percent of the total asset haul.

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