New analysis by BlackRock on volatile ETF flows seeks to provide a better measure of changing risk aversion amongst the investment community. Although there was a record large outflow of $15 billion from ETFs in August, BlackRock finds that risk appetite actually increased in the month. Blackrock's Equity Risk Sentiment Measure rose to a 10-month high (indicating less risk aversion), as it not only measures ETF flows but also the risk profiles within each category of ETF. Although there were net outflows overall last month, BlackRock's analysis concludes that there were net inflows into risky equity ETFs and net outflows in less risky equity ETFs. (VIEW LINK)
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