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... 

Sector Rotation: Defensive to Smokestack

Sector analysis often reveals insightful information about the state of the economy, or at least investors’ perception of the economy.  However, it can often be confusing because the stock-market cycle is out of phase with the economic cycle.  We’ve all been told that the stock market is a discounting... 

ETF Deathwatch for April 2016: 35 Names Added

A whopping 35 ETFs and ETNs joined ETF Deathwatch this month.  However, seven came off the list thanks to improved health, and another 11 exited due to their demise and liquidation.  The net increase of 17 products pushes the count to an all-time high of 435. Despite the 585 lifetime product closures,... 

ETF Stats for March 2016: 17 Births, 17 Deaths

The 17 fund closures cancelled out the 17 product launches of March, leaving the quantity of current listings unchanged at 1,863.  The product mix consists of 1,659 exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) and 204 exchange-trade notes (“ETNs”).  The number of actively managed ETFs decreased by one to... 

Telecom, Mid-Cap Value, and Latin America

Our weekly EdgeCharts display the relative strength rankings for three major market groupings (sectors, styles, and global).  Rankings are determined by the intermediate-term momentum of ETFs representing each of the individual categories.  Momentum values are annualized to indicate the strength of... 

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