First Seven New ETFs of 2012

Although 2011 produced a record number 308 new exchange traded product offerings and 2012 gets underway with a record 268 names on ETF Deathwatch, ETF sponsors continue rolling out more. Among the first listings of 2012 were three “volatility response” ETFs from Direxion, which attempt to achieve... 

Health Care ETFs Poised to Repeat Good 2011

The final numbers are in, and 2011 was officially a “flat” year for the S&P 500.  Without dividends, the large-cap stock index was actually down a fraction.  With dividends, it gained only 2.1 percent. Today we’ll look at some interesting patterns in last year’s sector action — which... 

Six Reasons to Avoid Japan In 2012

One of the best ways to make money in ETFs is to not lose money.  I know it sounds obvious, but I can assure you that many people don’t get this key point.  So if I can help you do that, then I count it as a success.  And today I’ll talk about an ETF category I think you should avoid in 2012:... 

ETF Deathwatch for January 2012: Another Month, Another Record

Thirty-six new names joined January’s ETF Deathwatch while only ten left, leaving a net increase of 26.  Total Deathwatch membership now stands at a new all-time high of 268. The 36 additions consisted of 27 ETFs and nine ETNs.  Three-quarters of them just came out of the six-month new product... 

ETF Stats for December 2011: Closures Set Monthly Record and Total Listings Decline

Launch activity slowed to just sixteen new product introductions in December, well below 2011’s monthly average of more than twenty-five.  The 308 new listings in 2011 established a new calendar year record, surpassing the 291 of 2007.  The sixteen new arrivals are made up of thirteen ETFs and six... 

Complete List of 38 ETP Closures for 2011

U.S. exchange traded product delistings and closures totaled 38 in 2011, consisting of 32 ETFs and six ETNs.  The all-time death toll now stands at 211 (192 ETFs and 19 ETNs).  Delistings dropped 22% from the 49 closures of 2010 and marked a third straight year of decline since the surge in 2008. Closures... 

Complete List of 308 New ETPs for 2011

Exchange-traded product launches numbered 308 in 2011, the largest on record.  The quantity surpassed the previous record of 291 introductions set in 2007.  New products in 2011 consisted of 231 ETFs and 77 ETNs.  Despite the large amount of media attention regarding actively managed ETFs, only five...