Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Don’t Believe The Hype – New ETF Is Neither Free Nor First

By Ron Rowland
10:25 am CST

A mash-up of the many headlines I observed this week might read “The First Free ETF Finally Arrives” or otherwise suggest this is the first ETF to ever have a 0% expense ratio. Closer inspection reveals the new ETF will have an expense ratio of 0.29%. That is not the definition of free. Additionally, there are about 300 ETFs listed for trading in the U.S.with lower expense ratios.


ETF Deathwatch for December 2014: A Zombie Milestone | Tue, December 9th, 2014

The ETF Deathwatch membership roll contains four fewer products this month. Ten new names joined the list, and fourteen came off. The overall count now stands at 327, consisting of 226 ETFs and 101 ETNs. Zombie ETFs achieved a major milestone in November. The iPath Short Enhanced MSCI Emerging Markets Index ETN (EMSA), long the poster child of ETF Deathwatch, has now gone more than two years without a single trade.

ETF Stats for November 2014 – Just Shy of $2 Trillion | Fri, December 5th, 2014

ETF assets moved closer to crossing the $2 trillion threshold, but they haven’t accomplished the task yet. Finishing the month at $1,979,993,748,006 means it will only take a 1% increase in December to end the year above this significant level. Through a combination of inflows and market gains, industry assets grew 3.8% in November and 16.7% year-to-date.

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