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ETF Flows Tell US Certain Investors Are Getting More Defensive, But…

As of May 31, 2019 it is clear that certain equity investors are getting more defensive into the summer. This of  course can change on a dime on a catalyst if there is positive news about China. Nevertheless, we are due for some volatility.

–          US-listed ETFs experienced net outflows of $14.4B, the largest monthly outflow in five years

–          Risk-off positioning led to investors to rotate over $20B out of equity focused ETFs during May

–          Despite broader equity outflows, factor ETFs had $5.5B in inflows, led by low volatility ETFs

–          Fixed income ETFs led asset class inflows, netting $6.9B in the strongest inflow month of Q2

–          Preferred & municipal bond ETFs continued to attract new assets as investors positioned further out on credit curve

–          High yield ETFs, including both corporate & senior loans ETFs, lost $3.4B in the largest selloff since December ‘18

Source: Bloomberg L.P., as of May 31, 2019

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