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ETF Specialist

It Was Business as Usual for ETF Investors in January

While meme stocks were making headlines, new money continued to pour into broadly diversified, low-cost index ETFs.

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Global stock markets stumbled out of the gate to start the new year. The Morningstar Global Markets Index--a broad gauge of global equities--dipped 0.31% in January 2021. Bonds slipped, too. The Morningstar U.S. Core Bond Index declined 0.74%, as rising yields pushed bond prices lower.

Bond exchange-traded funds captured the majority of inflows for much of 2020, but recently flows have favored stocks. After allocating a record $88.1 billion to equity ETFs in November and another $43.8 billion in December, investors poured $43.7 billion into these funds in January.

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