Investors poured an estimated $4.2 billion into U.S.-listed exchange-traded funds and notes during the month of May, bringing total year-to-date inflows into exchange-traded products to $63.1 billion, according to just-released data from the ETF Industry Association. That’s up 21% from the $49.68 billion ETFs and ETNs received in inflows during the first five months in 2011 and more than twice the $27.57 billion they received in 2010. 

For the month of May, fixed income-based ETFs and ETNs led the charge, taking in $8.9 billion in inflows. International equity and commodity exchange-traded products, on the other hand, posted huge outflows, losing $3.27 billion and $1.51 billion, respectively.

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