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ETF Investors Fret Over Inflation, Weak Greenback

ETF fund flow data show investors are still worried about the soundness of the U.S. economy.

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Many of the same investor concerns--inflation and a weak greenback--that affected September ETF flows were prevalent once again in October. Still, ETFs continued to attract assets in October; overall ETFs saw slightly more than $8 billion in net inflows for the month, bringing the year-to-date total net inflows to more than $63.9 billion. Industry-wide AUM as of Oct. 31 was $699.15 billion, down slightly from the previous month thanks to market performance.

Fixed Income Posts Another Strong Month of Inflows
Led by the usual suspects, taxable-bond ETFs saw roughly $2.7 billion in net inflows for the month. Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) continued to be a favorite among investors to hedge against inflation, as  iShares Barclays TIPS Bond (TIP) took in nearly $668 million in net new assets in October and about $7.2 billion year to date. (At the end of October, the fund had $17.2 billion in total assets under management.)

John Gabriel does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.