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What You Need to Know

  • ETFGI reports that $476 billion flowed into U.S. ETFs during the first six months of the year.
  • By the end of the first half of 2021 assets in U.S. ETFs had climbed 19% from the end of 2020 to $6.37 trillion.
  • Vanguard dominated first-half asset flows.

ETF assets and inflows exploded during the first half of 2021.

According to ETFGI, a research and consulting firm, a record $476 billion flowed into U.S. ETFs during the first six months of the year, including $73 billion in June alone. Equity ETFs accounted for 69% of the asset flow followed by fixed Income funds, at 18% of the flows.

All categories of funds — ETFGI has nine — gained assets during the first half of the year except leveraged ETFs, which lost $1.51 billion in assets. June 2021 marked the 23rd consecutive month of net inflows.

By the end of the first half of 2021, assets in U.S. ETFs had climbed 19% from the end of 2020 to $6.37 trillion. Equity ETFs accounted for 78% of total assets; fixed income ETFs were 17% of total assets.

Invesco’s QQQ Trust (QQQ), which invests in the 100 largest companies listed on the Nasdaq, led all other ETFs for net asset growth in June, gaining $6.16 billion, followed by State Street’s SPDR S&P 500 ETF, the first ETF to list in the U.S., which attracted $4.88 billion.