9 New Bond ETFs in February

Nine new bond ETFs came to market in February, including the first sector bond ETFs and leveraged TIPS spread funds.  Seven of the nine came from BlackRock’s iShares brand.  The 2/16/12 launches included bond sectors, high quality corporates, mortgage-backed securities, and even an aggregate... 

15 More International ETFs for February

If you thought the rollout of 14 international and global ETFs in early February was enough for one month, then think again.  The latter half of the month produced yet another 15 international ETFs.  This wave consists of seven single-country and two small cap ETFs carrying the First Trust AlphaDEX... 

VelocityShares Rolls Out Leveraged Energy and Copper ETNs

VelocityShares introduced eight new leveraged and inverse exchange traded notes (“ETNs”) tied to the daily performance of crude oil, natural gas, and copper futures.  The February 8, 2012 launch included six energy related products providing 3x long and 3x inverse exposure to West Texas Intermediate,... 

First ETF Closures of 2012

Global X previously announced (pdf) that Thursday, February 16, 2012 will be the last day of trading for eight Global X ETFs.  I encourage all shareholders to sell their shares prior to delisting to avoid the ETF liquidation process.  Due to light volumes and wide bid/ask spreads on the affected ETFs,... 

BlackRock Floods ETF Market In Early 2012

BlackRock (BLK) continues flooding the market with new ETF introductions this year.  Following a dozen January introductions, the firm released 14 more in early February.  All 26 provide international or global exposure, with many aimed squarely at competitive products.  BlackRock also hopes its iShares... 

ETF Deathwatch for February 2012: Count Rises Again

ETF Deathwatch membership count increases by twenty for February 2012.  Twenty-three new names join the list while only three leave.  This marks the fifth month in a row of new record highs being established.  The count now stands at 288 (213 ETFs and 75 ETNs).  The average age of products on the... 

ETF Stats for January 2012: Trading Activity Continues to Slow

January’s new ETF activity hit the highest level in seven months.  After ten days of no introductions, the pace jumped to more than one a day with 23 launches in the last 21 calendar days of the month.  So far the new rollouts have been limited to ETFs rather than ETNs.  Month-end totals stood... 

Seven Single-Country ETFs from iShares on BATS

BlackRock rolled out seven new single-country ETFs in late January.  Three are the first iShares products to individually target Denmark, Finland, and Norway.  Four others complement existing large cap offerings with small-cap exposure in Australia, Canada, Germany, and the U.K. January was a busy... 

ETFs Are Going BATS … and Why You Should Care!

The ETF marketplace changed last month.  You didn’t notice?  Don’t worry, you’re not alone.  Today I’ll tell you all about it. You already know that “exchange traded funds” trade on an exchange.  That’s what distinguishes them from old-fashioned mutual funds.  But what exchange trades... 

Nine More ETFs Emerge

The second wave of product launches for 2012 contains a pair of “breakeven inflation rate” ETFs, a small-cap emerging Asia-Pacific fund, two low volatility ETFs targeting emerging and developed international markets, new ETFs targeting the regional emerging markets of Latin America and EMEA, an actively-managed...