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. ... 

Don’t Believe The Hype – New ETF Is Neither Free Nor First

Perhaps you’ve seen the hype.  Dressed up as “news” stories and industry insights in otherwise reputable media outlets and blogs, the true facts behind this new ETF contradict the headlines. A mash-up of the many headlines I observed this week might read “The First Free ETF Finally Arrives”... 

ETF Deathwatch for December 2014: A Zombie Milestone

The ETF Deathwatch membership roll contains four fewer products this month.  Ten new names joined the list, and fourteen came off.  Ten of the removals were due to improved health, while the other four ceased operations in November.  The overall count now stands at 327, consisting of 226 ETFs and... 

ETF Stats for November 2014 – Just Shy of $2 Trillion

ETF assets moved closer to crossing the $2 trillion threshold, but they haven’t accomplished the task yet.  Finishing the month at $1,979,993,748,006 means it will only take a 1% increase in December to end the year above this significant level.  Through a combination of inflows and market gains,... 

Downplaying Black Friday

This week marks the beginning of the sprint to the finish line of 2014.  Yesterday, our country held its annual thanks.  Ironically, the day after we give thanks for everything we have, we are encouraged to spend lavishly on gifts and things we do not have.  What was once a subtle shifting of gears... 

ETF Deathwatch for November 2014: 20% of the Industry

Eighteen zombie ETPs joined ETF Deathwatch this month while six exited due to improved health and nine more were removed because they ceased operations.  The net increase of three pushes the overall count to 331, consisting of 226 ETFs and 105 ETNs. There were 1,652 products listed for trading at the... 

Eaton Vance ETMFs – A Giant Step Backward

Last month, the SEC correctly shot down the nontransparent ETF application from BlackRock (BLK) and Precidian as not being in the interest of the public.  This week, many ETF pundits are trumpeting the SEC’s recent approval of Eaton Vance’s new ETMF (Exchange Traded Managed Fund) structure.  However,... 

ETF Stats for October 2014 – Trading Activity Surges 71%

ETF trading activity, as measured by dollar volume, exploded in October to more than $2.3 trillion.  This is a 71% increase over September and the highest level in more than three years.  Assets under management increased 3.4% from the prior month to end at $1.91 trillion, establishing a new month-end... 

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