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My favorite ETF reads over the past week, along with my ETF tweet and chart of the week!

 

ETF Superpower In The Making by Ben Fulton

“In my hypothetical ETF merger scenario, Invesco would buy State Street’s ETF business, not the whole company.”

 

Why ESG Exchange-Traded Funds might not be as green as you think by Meagan Andrews & Shrinal Sheth

“Over 80% of ESG ETFs today have some exposure to fossil fuel users and producers.”

 

Billions Flow to Even Most-Expensive Funds in ETF Cash Flood by Claire Ballentine and Francesca Maglione

“Two-thirds of all ETFs have taken in fresh cash this year.”

 

Checking In On Vanguard’s Newest ETF by Jessica Ferringer

“Though it is new to the scene, the fund has already amassed over $1 billion.”

 

Approaching an ETF Record with Six Months Left by Todd Rosenbluth

“There has been unprecedented demand for ETFs in the first half of 2021.”

 

Advisors to Asset Managers: Give Us What We Want, Not What You Want by Michael Thrasher

“Over the last decade, financial advisors have become far more confident in implementing ETFs in client portfolios.”

 

BlackRock Tweaked Some Models. It Triggered A Wave of Buying and Selling. by Dawn Lim

“A significant amount of assets going into certain ETFs today are driven by models.”

 

ETF Tweet of the Week:  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made headlines this week after public filings showed her husband Paul executed several timely stock transactions.  Twitter, as always, had fun with the story… (As an aside, perhaps elected officials and their families shouldn’t be permitted to own individual stocks.  My solution?  ETFs.)

 

ETF Chart of the Week:  ETFs took in a staggering $465 billion in the first half of 2021.  State Street’s Matt Bartolini explains the magnitude:

“Over the past 12 months, flows into ETFs have averaged $63 billion a month. If that continues in July, ETFs could break the full-year record as early as next month. And if that pace continues for the rest of the year, full-year flows could approach $900 billion. As shown below, if the second half of 2021 were to be merely average, based on the prior five-year average of second half flow totals, flows would total more than $700 billion – a 40% increase above 2020’s number.”

Source:  State Street’s Matt Bartolini

 

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