NEW YORK ( TheStreet Ratings) -- Each month, the ETF Industry Association) analyzes the assets under management and the net cash flow data for a growing list of U.S. exchange-traded funds. A net cash inflow of $3.0 billion in April brought net cash inflows year-to-data up to $58.9 billion. Overall assets under management in exchange-traded products, covering 1,458 exchange-traded funds and exchange-traded notes, eroded by $4.9 billion in April to end at $1.2 trillion. All of the asset and flow data included in this article was released on Thursday, May 3rd by the ETF Industry Association.
A torrent of $5 billion flowed into fixed income ETFs in April in the 16th consecutive month of net inflows. Fixed income ETFs have swelled by $21.3 billion so far this year. $622 million flowed into iShares iBoxx Inv Grade Corp Bond ( LQD) and $505 million entered iShares iBoxx High Yield Corp Bond ( HYG). On the other hand, April 2012 witnessed exchange-traded product outflows of $1.7 billion from U.S. equity funds of which $206 million exited long leveraged and $248 million fled short leveraged U.S. equity products. Even after April's $1.2 billion outflow from all commodity funds, that sector has still attracted $3.4 billion in net inflows year-to-date. Total real estate inflows remain strong, adding another $750 million in April. Some of the largest April 2012 inflows included $1.0 billion to iShares Russell 2000 ( IWM), $650 million to SPDR Industrial ( XLI), $618 million to Vanguard S&P 500 ( VOO), and $597 million to Vanguard MSCI Emerging Markets ( VWO). Some of the largest April 2012 outflows included $2.6 billion from PowerShares QQQ ( QQQ), $1.7 billion from SPDR S&P 500 ( SPY), $1 billion from SPDR DJIA ( DIA), $803 million from iShares MSCI-EAFE ( EFA), and $683 million from iShares MSCI-Emerging Mkts ( EEM). Among the exchange-traded product issuers for April 2012, Vanguard attracted the most inflows at $4.4 billion. This was followed by Van Eck with an inflow of $951 million and Blackrock ( BLK) adding $917 million. -- Reported by Kevin Baker in Jupiter, Fla. For additional Investment Research check out our Ratings Research Center.