ETF Deathwatch for July 2016: Closing In On 500 Names

The quantity of funds on ETF Deathwatch climbed by 18 for July with the addition of 24 new names and the removal of six.  Only three of those leaving did so by improving their health.  The other three left in a casket.  The new count is 490 (380 ETFs and 110 ETNs), and it will likely surpass 500 next... 

ETF Stats for June 2016: More Teeter-Totter Failures

Thirty-two new ETFs and ETNs came to market in June, and three closed up shop.  The net increase of 29 puts the listed count at 1,931 (1,729 ETFs and 202 ETNs) at the end of June.  Assets climbed by $30.6 billion, with $19.3 billion coming from inflows and $11.2 billion the result of market action. ... 

600 ETFs Now Shuttered

The ETF world crossed another major milestone with the delisting of Direxion Daily Total Market Bear 1x Shares (TOTS) before the market opened yesterday (7/18/16).  By itself, the closure of this ETF is not a remarkable event, but in conjunction with the 599 closures that came before it, the TOTS closure... 

Brexit Is Years Away and Might Not Be Bad

I am amazed at all the negative press surrounding the recent U.K. referendum vote in favor of leaving the European Union (“EU”).  Various observers, many of whom are unfamiliar with British politics, have apparently decided that this decision is a bad one.  However, since negotiations haven’t... 

ETF Deathwatch for June 2016: Currency-Hedged Zombies

Anyone looking for evidence of “trendiness” in ETF launch activity can find it in the recent land rush by sponsors trying to stake their claim in currency-hedged country.  Five years ago, there were only two currency-hedged ETFs listed in the U.S., and the quantity increased by just nine over the... 

ETF Stats for May 2016: Another Forced Delisting

Twenty-two new exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) and one exchange-traded note (“ETN”) came to market in May.  There were five closures, and the net increase of 18 listings puts the month-end count at 1,902 (1,699 ETFs and 203 ETNs).  May was the second month in a row that a securities exchange... 

The Glacial Housing Shift

The last economic recession was marked by an upheaval in the employment landscape, and the seven years of “recovery” have yet to undo all of the damage that was done.  Millions of people still need a job, and millions of others are now earning far less than they previously were.  Despite these... 

ETF Deathwatch for May 2016: List Jumps to 450

The quantity of exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) and exchange-traded notes (“ETNs”) continues to zoom higher.  There are now 450 products on the list, and the growth trajectory is on a path to surpass 500 by the end of the year. For May, there are 26 new names joining the list and 11 coming off. ... 

ETF Stats for April 2016: Smart Beta ETFs Surpass 600

Twenty-six new ETFs came to market in April, producing the briskest pace of the past six months.  Only five delistings occurred during the month, and the net increase of 21 results in a tie for the largest increase of the past nine months.  April ended with 1,884 listed products, consisting of 1,681... 

What Is Your Sell Criteria?

Every stock market cycle has its darlings—the stocks investors believe can do no wrong.  I remember 1999 all too well.  Microsoft (MSFT) and Dell (private since 2013) were two of the stocks that investors fell in love with during that era.  However, those investors soon learned that loving a stock... 

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