ETF Asset Report Of Q3

The third quarter of 2019 was all about the ebb and flow of trade tensions, global monetary policy easing and Trump’s impeachment talks. While markets were volatile on a flare-up in trade relations with China, widespread global monetary policy easing helped the broader market to a large extent.

Overall, the lost about 0.1% in Q3, the Jones added about 0.4% and the lost 1.9%. All-world ETF iShares MSCI ACWI ETF ACWI retreated 1.2% in the third quarter.

Let’s see how investors reacted to this situation and parked their money in the third quarter. The data is from etf.com (as of Sep 30, 2019).

S&P 500 Win

Despite subdued performance of the S&P 500,iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (IVV) and Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (VOO) garnered about $8.01 billion and $4.16 billion in assets in the third quarter. SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (ASX:) SPY (NYSE:SPY) raked in about $2.85 billion in assets.

Gold Glitters

Gold bullion ETF SPDR Gold Trust (P:) (TSXV:) raked in about $6.05 billion in assets.Gold prices have been on a tear of late, with GLD rallying 8% in the third quarter (as of Sep 27, 2019) against the S&P 500’s 0.1% loss. Heightened tensions related to the U.S.-China trade war in recent months led to the upside. Also, a barrage of rate cuts, Brexit uncertainty and the upcoming U.S. presidential election have played a crucial role in boosting the yellow metal (read: 5 Reasons to Buy Gold ETFs as Price May Touch $2000).

Low Volatility Prevails

The U.S. market was subdued, taking the spotlight away from low-volatility products. These apparently safe products, which normally do not surge in a bull market but offer protection in troubled times, were much in demand in the third quarter. Geopolitical tensions in the Middle East, tariff worries, overvaluation worries —

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