Friday, October 24th, 2014

SEC Gets One Right Putting Kibosh On Nontransparent ETFs

By Ron Rowland
12:27 pm CDT

Nontransparent ETFs would be detrimental to ETF investors. Nontransparent ETFs fly in the face of the primary tenets of what constitutes an ETF. Nontransparent ETFs are not in the public interest. Earlier this week, the SEC struck down a request that would have allowed ETFs to keep their holdings hidden. Many news sources are spinning this as a setback for the ETF industry, but in reality, it is a victory for ETF investors.


ETF Deathwatch for October 2014: Two 6-Year Old Products Join | Wed, October 15th, 2014

Thirteen names were added while fifteen came off the ETF Deathwatch this month. The net reduction of two is not as good as it seems since nine that departed were the result of actual fund closures. Just six escaped the honorable way by improving their health. This month’s list contains 328 products, consisting of 223 ETFs and 105 ETNs.

ETF Stats for September 2014 – Count at 1,650 | Mon, October 13th, 2014

Eighteen ETFs and two ETNs came to market in September while thirteen ETFs closed their doors. Both the closure and launch counts should have been one number higher, but BlackRock (BLK) chose to perform an extreme makeover on a seven-year old iShares ETF rather than closing it and launching a new one. The net increase of seven listings puts the month-end counts at 1,440 ETFs and 210 ETNs for a total of 1,650 exchange traded products.

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