Thursday, August 27th, 2015

A Tale of One Index and Three ETFs

By Ron Rowland
8:58 am CDT

By now you have heard about the market dislocation that occurred on Monday. In percentage terms, the S&P 500 was off 5.3% at its low and down 3.9% for the day. The SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) is far-and-away the most liquid ETF available, but it was down 7.7% at its nadir. However, this looks downright excellent when compared to the iShares Core S&P 500 (IVV), which was posting a 26.0% decline at the same moment in time.

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ETF Deathwatch for August 2015: 330 and Climbing | Tue, August 25th, 2015

Eleven ETFs and ETNs came off of ETF Deathwatch this month because they are no longer with us. Five more escaped because they were able to show a sustained improvement in their health, although the two iShares ETFs in this category are scheduled to close in August. Even with these sixteen departures, the overall list has four more members than last month. The reason for this growth is the twenty new names being added. The ETF Deathwatch for August consists of 330 products (240 ETFs and 90 ETNs).



ETF Stats for July 2015 – Currency Hedging Jumps The Shark | Tue, August 11th, 2015

Thirty-seven new ETFs and ETNs were launched in July and fifteen closed. The changes leave the listed count at 1,764, consisting of 1,570 ETFs and 194 ETNs. With sixteen new currency-hedged ETFs coming to market, including three half-hedged funds, it would be easy to conclude that a bubble in currency-hedged ETFs exists.


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