Most Loved And Hated ETFs Of 2018

The global stock market logged in the worst year since 2008, losing around $13 trillion in market capitalization in 2018. U.S.-China trade woes and slower global growth were the major culprits. Rising interest rates in the United States, worries about increased regulation of the technology sector, political malaise in Europe and slowing growth in emerging and developed markets added to the woes.

Notably, United States and China together accounted for half of the losses made last year, sparking concerns over the nearly decade-long bull run.

Despite the diminished appeal for riskier assets, overall ETFs gathered about $309 billion in 2018, per eftf.com, marking the second-largest annual inflow. U.S. equity ETFs led the way, accumulating $132.9 billion followed by inflows of $85.4 billion for U.S. fixed income ETFs and $69 billion for international equity ETFs.

International ETFs: A Sweet Spot

iShares Core MSCI EAFE ETF IEFA was the most loved ETF of 2018, pulling in nearly $20.8 billion in capital. This fund offers exposure to a broad range of companies in Europe, Australia, Asia, and the Far East. It has a Zacks ETF Rank #3 (Hold). iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF IEMG and Vanguard FTSE Developed Markets ETF (VEA - Free Report)saw inflows of $15.7 billion and $9.5 billion, respectively. While IEMG offers exposure to emerging markets, VEA targets the developed market. The duo has a Zacks ETF Rank #3.

On the other hand, iShares MSCI EAFE ETF EFAiShares MSCI Eurozone ETF EZU and iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM - Free Report) saw outflows of $10.6 billion, $7 billion and $4 billion, respectively. All these funds have a Zacks ETF Rank #3.

U.S. Equity ETFs Attracts

iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (IVVFree Report) and Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (VOO - Free Report) have accumulated $18.5 billion and $13.9 billion, respectively. This was followed by inflows of $13.9 billion for Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI - Free Report) and $8.5 billion for Vanguard Value ETF (VTV - Free Report). VOO and IVV have a Zacks ETF Rank #2 (Buy) while VTV has a Zacks ETF Rank #1 (Strong Buy). VTI carries a Zacks ETF Rank #3.

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