February marked the twelfth consecutive month of net inflows for U.S.-listed ETPs. Equity ETFs drew in $30.4 billion in the period, nearly three times that of fixed-income funds, at $11.2 billion. Commodity ETFs were a distant third at with $3.9 billion in net inflows.
“The US equity market performed strongly in February with the S&P 500 up 3.97% and the DJIA was up 5.17%. International equity markets continued to perform well in February with the S&P Developed Ex-U.S. BMI up 1.42% while the S&P Emerging BMI was up 3.46%. There are significant upcoming political and economic events that investors will be watching in Europe in the next two months: the first round of the French election, a Dutch general election, the beginning of the U.K.’s “Brexit” negotiations and, officials from the EU and the IMF are once again locked in negotiations over the Greek bailout,” according to Deborah Fuhr, managing partner and co-founder of ETFGI.
Leading the way in February was Blackrock’s iShares unit, which saw inflows of $14.25 billion. Vanguard was right behind with $13.13 billion, while SPDR was third with $9.72 billion. The remaining $10 billion or so in February inflows was spread out among several other issuers, as the top three dominant players in the game continued to simply get more dominant.
The iShares S&P 500 Index ETF (NYSE:IVV) was trading at $238.16 per share on Tuesday afternoon, down $1.13 (-0.47%). Year-to-date, IVV has gained 5.85%, versus a 5.89% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period.