Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

ETF Deathwatch for April 2014: Membership Count Drops Below 300

By Ron Rowland
10:33 am CDT

ETF Deathwatch membership rolls dropped by 15 for April, and for the first time in 25 months the list contains fewer than 300 products. Five names joined the list, eight came off due to improved health, and a dozen exited because they are no longer with us. The ETF Deathwatch for April contains 299 products, consisting of 201 ETFs and 98 ETNs. Among the ETFs on the list, 16 are categorized as actively managed funds.

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