Anchored Momentum

When I started developing a mutual fund selection and trading system in the mid-1980s, I wanted to own the funds that were going up and avoid the ones going down.  Therefore, I quickly gravitated toward price momentum as an indicator and selection tool.  One of the first things I noticed was that typical... 

ETF Deathwatch for March 2015: Membership Falls Below 300

The ETF Deathwatch membership roll dropped by fourteen and established a new 3-year low of 293, consisting of 199 ETFs and 94 ETNs.  Only seven names joined the list in March while twenty-one escaped.  In a sign of improving industry conditions, sixteen of the names coming off the list this month were... 

ETF Stats for February 2015 – Actively Managed Assets Jump 10%

The ETF industry roared back in February after beginning the year with a negative start in January.  Twenty-two new products came to market during the month and seven shuttered operations.  Assets jumped 5.3% to $2.1 trillion, which by our calculations allowed month-end assets to close above the $2... 

ETF Deathwatch for February 2015: Closures Reduce The List

The ETF Deathwatch membership roll contains 15 fewer names this month.  There were 11 additions, but 26 managed to escape.  Unfortunately, 22 of the escapees exited due to product death and delisting.  Just four products left because of improved health.  For February, the ETF Deathwatch count stands... 

ETF Stats for January 2015 – Negative Start

The ETF industry began the year with a thud.  Listings decreased by ten, including five actively managed ETFs, and assets dropped by a percentage point.  Although 13 new ETFs launched in the first month of the year, 23 other products closed, delisted, and liquidated.  Product count now stands at 1,652,... 

Complete List of 79 ETP Closures for 2014

Seventy-nine exchange traded products bit the dust in 2014, marking the second highest annual death toll in the history of the ETF industry.  The 72 ETF and 7 ETN closures were second only to the 102 closures of 2012.  Broken down by major categories, the closures of 2014 consisted of 22 sector, 15... 

Complete List of 205 New ETPs for 2014

Exchange traded product launches numbered 205 (193 ETFs and 12 ETNs) in 2014, a figure more or less in the middle of the range of the past nine years.  Closures came in at 79, resulting in a net increase of 126 for the year.  Product count increased by 8.2% to 1,662, and assets jumped by 17.8% to end... 

ETF Deathwatch for January 2015: The Year Begins At 322

ETF Deathwatch begins 2015 with 322 products on the list, consisting of 222 ETFs and 100 ETNs.  Fourteen names joined the lineup this month and nineteen exited.  Just nine came off due to improved health, while the other ten met their death and no longer exist.  Despite the closure of about 450 ETFs... 

ETF Stats for December 2014 – $1.999 Trillion

The ETF industry crossed above the $2 trillion threshold in December but was unable to hold it as the month and year ended.  By our calculations, at the close of business on December 31, 2014, U.S.-listed ETFs had $1.972 trillion in assets and ETNs stood at $26.9 billion, for a combined total of $1.999... 

iPath Natural Gas ETN Is A Broken Product

ETF and ETN investors should avoid broken products.  I have repeated this caution numerous times over the years.  Upon hearing this warning, most investors want to know what a broken product is.  Once they understand the definition, they quickly grasp the danger. ETFs and ETNs are unique securities. ... 

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