Conversely, US stock ETFs have seen a net outflow of $30.4 billion in 2009.
"Over the last quarter the influx (in bond funds) has been there and we're still seeing unprecedented highs in the amount of money in these things," says Bill Walsh, president of Hennion & Walsh in Parsippany, N.J. "There's a little bit more dependability than the equity market. They still feel the volatility and uncertainty of equities."
The iShares Barclays TIPS Bond ETF has been the big winner in the group, more than doubling its assets in 2009, Morningstar said in a recent analysis.
Other leaders this year in asset generation are the iShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond, SPDR Barclays Capital High Yield Bond and the iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond.
At the same time, ETFs that play the broad indexes are still the most popular in trading volume among investors on an individual basis, despite the recent trends.
The SPDR Trust , which is indexed to the Standard & Poor's 500, by far remains the leader in volume, with an average of 194 million shares a day changing hands. The PowerShares QQQ , which tracks the Nasdaq tech barometer, is second.Page 2 of 5 | Prev Page | Next Page