ETF Deathwatch for February 2016: Here Come the Currency-Hedged ETFs

Last year, hedging was a popular strategy employed by new ETFs coming to market.  I referred to it as a “land rush,” with sponsors throwing caution to the wind in their quest to achieve first-mover status.  In my year-end summary, I identified 74 new ETFs following this theme.  Of these, 57 have... 

ETF Stats for January 2016: Currency Hedging 2.0

January witnessed 13 ETF launches along with the closure of four ETFs and one ETN, putting the new count at 1,853 (1,653 ETFs and 200 ETNs).  The net increase of eight might seem like a slow pace of product introductions, but it is much better than a year ago when the 23 closures swamped the 13 launches. ... 

ETF Deathwatch for January 2016: Count Grows To 386

Calendar year 2016 gets underway with 386 ETFs and ETNs on Deathwatch.  The January list is 5.5% larger than December’s 366 and is the result of 30 additions and 10 escapees.  The overall count consists of 284 ETFs and 102 ETNs.  I am considering revising the criteria for ETF Deathwatch due to the... 

ETF Stats for December 2015: Actively Managed ETF Assets Overtake ETNs

Assets in actively managed ETFs climbed 3.3% to $22.9 billion in December, while assets in ETNs dropped 4.5% to $21.5 billion.  This is a significant milestone for actively managed ETFs, marking the first time that their asset levels have surpassed those of ETNs.  Overall U.S. industry assets shrunk... 

Complete List of 284 New ETFs and ETNs for 2015

Exchange-traded product (“ETP”) launches totaled 284 in 2015, consisting of 272 new exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) and 12 exchange-traded notes (“ETNs”).  Only 2011 and 2007 had more ETP launches than 2015 (308 and 291, respectively).  When combined with the 101 closures for the year, the... 

A New Era For Oil & Gas

Energy price movements amaze me.  Starting in 1973, crude oil soared from under $20 a barrel to more than $115 by early 1980.  Less than two years later, it dropped back below $100, a threshold it would not see again for 25 years.  The ride down was not smooth, but it eventually bottomed out below... 

Complete List of 101 ETP Closures In 2015

A total of 101 U.S.-listed exchange traded funds (“ETFs”) and exchange traded notes (“ETNs”) had their listings removed in 2015, one shy of the record 102 closures in 2012.  Of the 2,405 U.S. exchange traded products (“ETPs”) launched since 1993, when the industry began, only 1,845 remain,... 

Ron’s 2016 ETF Ideas Featured In Forbes’ “Guru Picks”

I was named to the Forbes Investment Team about ten years ago, and they recently ask me to name a couple of my best ETF ideas for 2016.  I submitted Reality Shares DIVS ETF (DIVY) as my conservative pick and the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (EWZ) as my aggressive choice.  Both were featured in Forbes’... 

ETF Deathwatch for December 2015: AccuShares Join The List

The quantity of ETFs and ETNs on Deathwatch jumped by 23 for December.  There were 28 additions and only five removals.  Of those coming off, three were the result of improved health, while the other two were closed, delisted, and liquidated.  The net increase pushes the membership count to a 35-month... 

ETF Stats for November 2015: Fund-of-Funds Count At 76

Twenty-one launches and two closures brought the quantity of U.S.-listed exchange traded products to 1,824 (1,623 ETFs and 201 ETNs) at the end of November.  Overall assets climbed 1.0% for the month to $2.14 trillion with actively managed funds garnering a 1.7% increase.  Trading activity plunged... 

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