ETFs Take in $9.5B in March

April 13, 2011 ( - Strategic Insight, an Asset International company, estimated that investors poured an additional $9.5 billion into U.S. Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) in March, marking the seventh straight month of positive flows to ETFs.

For the first quarter of 2011, total net new flows to ETFs were $26.2 billion. At the end of March, ETF assets in the U.S. were $1.074 trillion.   

According to SI, leading the way in ETF flows in March were equity sector funds, which took in $2.9 billion; retail and consumer sector ETFs did particularly well in flows. Japanese equity ETFs followed with $2.3 billion in net inflows in March. Third in net flows were Natural Resources ETFs, with $2 billion in net inflows.   

Strategic Insight data shows the leading ETFs in terms of net new inflows in March were Vanguard MSCI Emerging Markets Stock Index ETF ($1.9 billion in net inflows in March), iShares MSCI Japan Index ETF ($1.8 billion), and SPDR Gold Shares ($700 million).  

The leading ETF firms in terms of net new flows in March were iShares, with $5.4 billion in net inflows in March; Vanguard, with $3.9 billion; and WisdomTree, with $760 million.  

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