There's a big boom in the ETF industry, and it looks like it is not subsiding anytime soon.
As of last month, U.S.-listed ETF assets clocked in at $1.501 trillion, up by nearly one percent. Equities are all the rage, while gold is in a major rut.
The spike in growth was helped by the total inflows of more than $20 billion, a 2.1 percent rise in the S&P 500 Index, IndexUniverse
reports in its May 2013 ETF Fund Flows data.
Japanese equity funds were red-hot, with investors pouring bucks into them. The WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund
] alone scored $2.39 billion. The fund ended the month with just under $10 billion.
"Investors have bought into the possibility that Japan's strategy may work," says
, managing editor of IndexUniverse.com
The non-currency-hedged iSharesMSCI Japan Index Fund
] ended the month at $11.23 billion.
Of the $20 billion total inflows incurred, $19 billion went into equities.
Gold, as told by the world's largest physical gold ETF, took a repeated beating last month. SPDR Gold Shares
] ended the month with roughly 11 percent less than its April assets.
"The whole reason for gold to play a prominent role in invest portfolios are beginning to be questions," says Ludwig.
The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index Fund
(EEM) saw outflows of nearly $2 billion, ending May with $41.78 billion in assets, down from about $45 billion at the end of April.
The overall moral of the story? Investors have a healthy appetite for risk, so eat up.
You can see the full data by IndexUniverse here
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