Thursday, August 25th, 2016

ETF Deathwatch for August 2016: More than 40 Deaths

By Ron Rowland
13:28 pm CDT

The 18 additions and 16 subtractions to ETF Deathwatch this month was nearly a wash, with 492 (383 ETFs and 109 ETNs) now on the list.  The previous record of 30 closures in a single month took place in October 2012, when Russell’s strategic retreat from the index ETF business resulted in the shuttering of [...]

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Real Estate Promoted to Sector Status | Thu, August 25th, 2016

The Global Industry Classification Standard (“GICS”) system is implementing a significant change over the coming weeks.  GICS was jointly developed by Standard & Poor’s and MSCI and is the primary system used by institutional investors to categorize stocks into their respective industries and sectors.  The big change is the addition of Real Estate as the [...]



ETF Stats for July 2016: ETNs with Unpredictable Uncapped Fees | Fri, August 19th, 2016

Sixteen launches and two closures in July increased the overall product count to 1,945 (1,739 ETFs and 206 ETNs). Assets climbed by 5.3% to $2.37 trillion, driven primarily by market gains. August is shaping up to be the worst month ever for ETF mortality, with 41 ETFs and ETNs slated for closure during the month. VelocityShares rolled out three new ETNs in July (issued by UBS) that have an investor fee of 1.30% and a futures spread fee that “is uncapped, is based on market inputs that are beyond UBS’s control, and may vary significantly from day to day.”


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