According to the research report, U.S. ETF asset flows were marked by a continued shift away from Large Cap and Developed International equities and into emerging markets and defensive assets classes that include commodities and investment grade corporate bonds during the first half of the year.
“Asset flows into ETFs remained strong during the first half of the year, as demand for transparent, liquid, and cost-efficient investment vehicles climbed,” said Anthony Rochte, senior managing director at State Street Global Advisors. “Looking ahead, recent ETF asset trends suggest a renewed concern surrounding inflation and a bullish outlook for emerging market economies.”
Key themes highlighted in State Street’s 2009 ETF Mid-Year Review, include:
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Bond funds contain interest rate risk (as interest rates rise bond prices usually fall). There are additional risks for funds that invest in mortgage-backed and asset-backed securities including the risk of issuer default; credit risk and inflation risk.
Commodities contain heightened risk including market, political, regulatory, and natural conditions, and may not be suitable for all investors. The strategy will seek exposure to commodities through commodity-linked derivatives. Derivatives and commodity-linked derivatives may involve certain costs and risks such as liquidity, interest rate, market, credit, management and the risk that a position could not be closed when most advantageous.
Foreign investments involve greater risks than U.S. investments, including political and economic risks and the risk of currency fluctuations, all of which may be magnified in emerging markets.
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