ETF Deathwatch for August 2014: Largest Jump In 23 Months

ETF Deathwatch membership rolls swelled by twenty-three products for August, the largest one-month jump since September 2012.  Thirty-one new names joined the list while only eight escaped.  With 325 products now on the list, consisting of 226 ETFs and 99 ETNs, the two-year downward trend in membership... 

ALPS Goldman Sachs ETFs to Close

ALPS announced plans to close and liquidate its four ETFs in the ALPS | Goldman Sachs Index Series.  Shareholders need to be aware that ALPS has already commenced liquidating portfolio positions, and therefore the funds are no longer tracking their respective indexes.  Wednesday, August 27, 2014 will... 

Alerian MLP ETF (AMLP) Finally Admits Its 8% Expense Ratio

Warning:  The SEC Has Determined an 8% Expense Ratio is Hazardous to Your Wealth. Unfortunately, the SEC has not followed the example of the Surgeon General and does not require such warning labels on ETFs and mutual funds.  The Alerian MLP ETF (AMLP) was the first ETF structured as a C-corporation,... 

ETF Stats for July 2014 – Four New Players Join The Game

Sponsors launched fourteen ETFs and three ETNs in July, bringing the new introduction count to 118 so far this year.  Closure activity has been minimal, with no closures in July and just 24 for the year-to-date period.  The seventeen product introductions put the month-end listing count at 1,630 (consisting... 

MUAC iShares 2014 Muni ETF Matures Today

Today, August 15, is the last trading day for iShares 2014 S&P AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF (MUAC).  Unlike most of the 404 ETF and ETN closures that preceded it, MUAC’s closure was both expected and well planned.  Since its launch in January 2010, its stated objective has been to track an index composed... 

ETF Deathwatch for July 2014: List Count Back Above 300

ETF Deathwatch membership rolls crept back above 300 this month.  Thirteen additions and six removals combined to grow the list from 295 to 302.  No closures occurred in June, and therefore all products coming off the list were due to health improvements. WisdomTree has the dubious honor of sponsoring... 

Assessing Last Week’s Damage

Stocks declined last week, but you might be pleasantly surprised to learn the losses were not as large as some financial media outlets want you to believe.  Whether it was fear-mongering or just plain-old headline marketing, casually tuning in the financial news last week might have led you to believe... 

ETF Stats for June 2014 – Product Count Tops 1,600

Twenty-two new listings in June pushed the ETP count above the 1,600 threshold to close the month at 1,613 (1,408 ETFs and 205 ETNs).  A total of 101 new products came to market in the first half of the year, while just 24 closed up shop.  Although this is an improvement over the past two years, if... 

ETF Deathwatch for June 2014: Downtrend Continues

ETF Deathwatch membership rolls peaked at 403 in August 2012 and have been steadily declining ever since.  This month they total just 295, consisting of 201 ETFs and 94 ETNs.  The 108-product reduction is impressive, but it didn’t come easy.  In fact, 158 ETFs and ETNs have closed their doors in... 

ETF Stats for May 2014 – Trading Activity Plunges

The ETF listing count continues to creep toward 1,600 as assets swell to more than $1.8 trillion.  Trading activity mysteriously plunged 21% in May, long before the summer slowdown typically begins. Fifteen new ETFs rolled out in May, and two ETNs closed and liquidated.  The net increase of thirteen... 

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