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Investors Move on Bonds and Gold after an Unprecedented Month for Stocks

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EDITOR:  With the recent volatility of the stock market, and the massive influx of bailouts and stimulus payments to help the economy survive COVID-19, there are many fears of hyperinflation.  This has investors flocking to higher yield bonds and the stability of precious metals from trusted retailers like GSI Exchange.

As the rally in stocks continued, albeit with last week providing plenty of volatility, ETF fund flows had some big surprises. Or, maybe not, given that the week was filled with a flurry of corporate earnings, a Federal Reserve meeting, and a month-end of April that had exceptional returns.

The biggest inflow of the week belonged to the iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (HYG), with almost $1.6 billion in new assets gathered. Given that the Federal Reserve pledged to keep rates at or near zero until full employment and inflation return, it makes sense that investors flocked to higher yielding bonds.... 

...We also saw some decent flows into the shiny metals, with the SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) gaining just under $1.1 billion in the last week. It has been a steady gainer this year in assets, with $5.35 billion inflows over the last month, and just over $8.7 billion inflows over the last 3 months. Gold has done well this year, with GLD up 11.8%

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