After pouring money into U.S. Treasury ETFs in the first two months of the year, investors pulled $10.3B in March, the largest amount withdrawn since December 2010, according to Bloomberg. The $7.86B iShares 1-3 Year Treasury Bond ETF (SHY) is the leader on a percentage basis - losing one-third of its AUM this month.
The catalyst is clearly the FOMC's signal on rate hikes beginning in about a year. “When the market thinks the Fed is going to raise rates, they don’t tend to stick around in short-dated bonds,” says global macro strategist Thomas Higgins.
In other areas of fixed income, inflation--linked bond ETFs had their first inflows in 19 months, and investors continue to plow money in high-yield.