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ETF buyers shying away from the U.S. since Trump’s election

It's been exactly one year since Donald Trump was elected U.S. president, and what have buyers of exchange-traded funds done? Flee the country.

The shift shows investors may be growing impatient with the implementation of Trump's agenda, said Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Eric Balchunas.

The top ten ETFs that have recorded only inflows of cash since the election have one notable characteristic in common -- their holdings exclude U.S. companies. At the top of the list is the iShares Core MSCI EAFE ETF (IEFA), a cheap, large-cap fund tracking companies in developed market countries, according to a Bloomberg analysis of flow data.

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Japanese companies represent about 25 percent of the holdings and U.K. firms make up about 15 percent of the constituents. Assets in IEFA have almost tripled since the election to about $4 billion from $1.4 billion.

Below is a list of the ten largest ETFs that have seen only inflows since Trump's election through Nov. 7, according to Bloomberg data. The majority of the funds charge a fee in the range of six to 14 basis points. The average asset-weighted expense ratio for U.S.-listed ETFs is about 23 basis points, according to Bloomberg Intelligence data.

TickerNameFlows ($M)
IEFAiShares Core MSCI EAFE21,217
VEAVanguard FTSE Developed Markets18,814
IEMGiShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets16,083
VWOVanguard FTSE Emerging Markets11,160
SCHFSchwab International Equity4,137
IXUSiShares Core MSCI Total International Stock3,507
SCHESchwab Emerging Markets Equity1,537
FNDFSchwab Fundamental International Large Company1,281
FNDESchwab Fundamental Emerging Markets Large Company749

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