ETF Inflows: U.S. Still King; Europe on Mend

by Kyle Woodley | August 13, 2013 8:50 am

State Street Global Advisors’ monthly look at exchange-traded fund inflows shows the continuation of a couple trends for 2013: The well-known bull running rampant in the U.S. … but also an air of optimism across the Atlantic.

The U.S. had more than $42 billion worth of inflows in July, bringing its year-to-date total to $114 billion. Better-than-expected GDP expansion as well as jobs growth helped power American equities forward, with the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY[1]) gaining more than 5% for the month to extend its year-to-date gains to roughly 18.5% through July 31.

However, Europe also saw a nice influx of more than $3 billion in July for a total of $7.1 billion YTD. Funds like the iShares S&P 500 Europe 350 Index (IEV[2], +7.8% in July) and the Vanguard MSCI Europe ETF (VGK[3], +7.6%) topped the market, bolstered by the euro zone’s first decline in the unemployment rate since April 2011.

Across the rest of the globe, the Middle East & Africa saw $232 million in inflows, and Latin America also was in the black with $218 million. Asia Pacific was down $194 million, and Canada was the worst-performing area, seeing $750 million in outflows.

Other notes from the SSgA’s Global ETF Snapshot:

Kyle Woodley is the Deputy Managing Editor of InvestorPlace. As of this writing, he was long SPY and VGK. Follow him on Twitter at @IPKyleWoodley[8].

Endnotes:
  1. SPY: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=SPY
  2. IEV: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=IEV
  3. VGK: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=VGK
  4. GLD: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=GLD
  5. IAU: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=IAU
  6. STT: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=STT
  7. BLK: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=BLK
  8. @IPKyleWoodley: https://twitter.com/IPKyleWoodley

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