ETF Deathwatch for September 2014: 20% Are On The List

Eighteen names were added to ETF Deathwatch for September, nine came off due to improved health, and four were removed because of closure.  The net increase of five names pushes the count to 330 products, consisting of 227 ETFs and 103 ETNs.  With 1,643 active listings at the end of August, that equates... 

How To Play Alibaba With ETFs – Don’t

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you are probably aware that Alibaba’s initial public offering (“IPO”) is slated for Friday.  Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. expects to raise about $23 billion, making it the largest IPO in the history of the world and valuing the company at more than $160... 

ETF Stats for August 2014 – Actively Managed ETFs Surge Past 100

Eighteen new products arrived in August.  All were ETFs, as the 2014 slowdown of ETN launches continues.  Most notable for the month was the fact that fourteen of the product introductions were actively managed ETFs.  These caused the ranks of currently listed actively managed ETFs to swell by 15%... 

PIMCO Closing Four More ETFs

PIMCO announced plans to close down four of its ETFs, with September 26, 2014 slated to be the last day of trading.  The funds are expected to liquidate by October 1, but we recommend that shareholders dispose of any holdings prior to the delisting to avoid any surprises.  These funds are thinly traded... 

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... 

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