Exchange-traded funds saw inflows of $15.6 billion in November bring year-to-date inflows to $154.0 billion, putting them on track to match or exceed 2008’s record-setting inflows of $168.3 billion, according to data from Morningstar.

Investors added another $3.9 billion to Taxable-bond ETFs, bringing the year-to-date total to $48.0 billion. International-stock ETFs also had a strong showing in November with inflows of $5.2 billion.

The popular PIMCO Total Return ETF raked in $450 million in net new assets in November and is on pace to surpass $4 billion in assets before the end of the year. The ETF has returned 6% over the last six months, outpacing the 4.6% return of its open-end big brother, PIMCO Total Return.

For the second consecutive month, iShares topped all providers in terms of inflows, allowing it to eclipse Vanguard for the highest year-to-date inflows. For example: iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index (EEM) saw a $2.3 billion inflow while Vanguard MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (VWO) had a $900 million outflow last month.



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