Friday, November 14th, 2014

ETF Deathwatch for November 2014: 20% of the Industry

By Ron Rowland
8:45 am CST

Eighteen zombie ETPs joined ETF Deathwatch this month while six exited due to improved health and nine more were removed because they ceased operations. The net increase of three pushes the overall count to 331, consisting of 226 ETFs and 105 ETNs. Of the 2,094 new products launched in the past 21 years, 21% (442) have closed, so the 20% currently on Deathwatch is not out of line with historical closure rates.


Eaton Vance ETMFs – A Giant Step Backward | Tue, November 11th, 2014

Last month, the SEC correctly shot down the nontransparent ETF application from BlackRock (BLK) and Precidian as not being in the interest of the public. This week, many ETF pundits are trumpeting the SEC’s recent approval of Eaton Vance’s new ETMF (Exchange Traded Managed Fund) structure. ETMFs are not ETFs (part of the SEC ruling). Here’s why ETMFs are a giant step backward compared to ETFs.

ETF Stats for October 2014 – Trading Activity Surges 71% | Fri, November 7th, 2014

ETF trading activity, as measured by dollar volume, exploded in October to more than $2.3 trillion. This is a 71% increase over September and the highest level in more than three years. Assets under management increased 3.4% from the prior month to end at $1.91 trillion, establishing a new month-end record.

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