Stock markets seemed to have stabilized in June. In fact, they had their best quarter since 1999 and rebounded 38% from their March lows.
Charles Schwab ETFs, though, had their third month of estimated outflows, according to Ben Johnson, director of ETF research for Morningstar. Meanwhile, Vanguard ETFs continued to see net inflows.
“[Schwab’s] new trend bucks a long record of steady net inflows into the firm’s lineup of ETFs, which went unbroken from their 2009 inception through April of this year,” Johnson says in his June recap.
“Meanwhile, market volatility continued to be a boon for firms like State Street and ProShares, whose ranges cater to a crowd that tends to use ETFs in a more tactical manner.”
Johnson told ThinkAdvisor that Schwab’s negative flows could be due to re-balancing within their own ETF model portfolios. “Schwab is by far the largest shareholder of the Schwab ETFs that have experienced the largest flows, both inflows and outflows, in recent months,” he said.
Vanguard ETFs topped the list with estimated net inflows of $25 billion, with BlackRock’s iShares gathering just under $20 billion. Schwab’s net outflows were around $1 billion.