Trade Deal Boosts Inflows to Emerging-Market ETFs to $1 Billion

Trade Deal Boosts Inflows to Emerging-Market ETFs to $1 Billion

Bloomberg  | Dec 16, 2019 23:54

Trade Deal Boosts Inflows to Emerging-Market ETFs to $1 Billion

(Bloomberg) -- Inflows to emerging-market stock and bond exchange-traded funds accelerated as the U.S. and China finally agreed on a phase-one trade deal.

Some $1.15 billion was added to U.S.-listed emerging market ETFs that invest across developing nations as well as those that target specific countries in the week ended Dec. 13, more than eight times the $141.9 million inflow in the previous week, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. It was the 10th straight week of inflows, the longest streak in a year.

Flows were led by the three biggest emerging-market equities ETFs rather than country-specific funds, signaling investor optimism on the asset class. The $28.7 billion iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSE:EEM), known as EEM, received $533 million and the $66 billion Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF, known as VWO, got $352 million, both the biggest amounts since February.

Meanwhile, the $14.9 billion iShares JP Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF, known as EMB, had a small inflow of $45 million. So far this year, inflows to stocks and bond ETFs have totaled $6.81 billion.

Emerging-market assets rallied last week on optimism the world’s two largest economies would reach a deal to avert the imposition of new U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods on Dec. 15. After some mixed messages that whipsawed markets, the two countries ultimately reached an agreement, lifting appetite for riskier assets.

  • Stock ETFs expanded by $1.21 billion.
  • Bond funds fell by $52.4 million.
  • Total assets rose to $274 billion from $265.3 billion.
  • The MSCI Emerging Markets Index closed up 3.6 percent from the previous week at 1,086.91 points, the highest level since April 23, 2019.
  • China/Hong Kong had the biggest inflow, of $340.6 million, led by iShares MSCI Emerging Markets.
  • Colombia had the biggest outflow, of $4.27 million, following withdrawals from the VanEck Vectors J.P. Morgan EM Local Currency Bond.
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