What Are ETF And Mutual Fund Flows Telling Us?
By Kevin Mahn: We often look to the ETF marketplace for clues into the sentiment of investors. A few of the key data points that we review are total assets and fund flows; creations and redemptions, each quarter. Below, as a point of reference, are the top largest ETFs, as measured by total assets, as of the end of the 1st quarter. The constituents of this list have not changed much in recent quarters.
Top 10 Largest ETFs (Assets) as of March 31, 2012
Ticker Name Morningstar Category Assets ($M)
SPY SPDR S&P 500 Large Blend 105,640.2
GLD SPDR Gold Shares Commodities Precious Metals 69,014.5
EEM iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index Diversified Emerging Markets 39,597.4
EFA iShares MSCI EAFE Index Foreign Large Blend 38,104.6
QQQ PowerShares QQQ Large Growth 35,676.5
IVV iShares S&P 500 Large Blend 29,978.9
TIP iShares Barclays TIPS Bond Inflation-Protected Bond 22,282.9
VTI Vanguard Total Stock Market Large Blend 21,470.3Complete Story »