ETF Deathwatch for April 2014: Membership Count Drops Below 300

ETF Deathwatch membership rolls dropped by 15 for April, and for the first time in 25 months the list contains fewer than 300 products.  Five names joined the list, eight came off due to improved health, and a dozen exited because they are no longer with us.  The ETF Deathwatch for April contains 299... 

ETF Deathwatch for March 2014: Have Income Funds Reached Saturation?

Twelve products join and thirteen leave ETF Deathwatch this month.  The net reduction of one places the membership count at 314, consisting of 211 ETFs and 103 ETNs.  Interest rates have been near historic lows for a few years now.  This prompted a significant surge in the introduction of income related... 

PIMCO Closing First ETF Today

Today (3/10/14) is the last day of trading for the PIMCO Broad U.S. Treasury Index ETF (TRSY).  PIMCO launched the ETF on November 1, 2010, but it never caught on with investors despite PIMCO’s success with Treasury mutual funds and some of its actively traded ETFs.  I was skeptical of the offering... 

ETF Deathwatch for February 2014: Sixteen Additions

Sixteen new names join the ETF Deathwatch for February.  The new arrivals represent a wide cross-section of the exchange traded product landscape.  Twelve are ETFs, four are ETNs, three are actively managed, four invest in bonds, three are commodity related, four invest in international equities, three... 

ETF Deathwatch for January 2014: PWO and IPF Join The List

Only 312 products are on ETF Deathwatch for January, the lowest count in 21 months.  Nine additions and sixteen removals produced a net decline of seven.  A full dozen came off the list due to improved health, while the other four met the ultimate fate of closure and delisting.  The current count... 

ETF Deathwatch for December 2013: Count At 319

ETF Deathwatch membership rolls increased by only one for December, although additional activity took place under the surface.  Twelve new names joined the list, while six escaped due to improved health and five others were removed as a result of their closures. The current count stands at 319, consisting... 

ETF Deathwatch for November 2013: 1 in 5 Don’t Survive

Change activity hit a new record this month with 47 ETPs changing their Deathwatch status.  Thirteen new names joined the list, nineteen exited due to their improved chances of surviving, but fifteen others left because they bit the dust and are no longer with us.  The net decrease of twenty-one places... 

ETF Deathwatch for October 2013: OFF Goes On the List

Fourteen ETPs joined the ETF Deathwatch and seven made an exit.  The membership roll now stands at 339 (228 ETFs and 111 ETNs).  The net increase of seven marks the second month in a row of list growth, increasing the probability that the one-year old improvement trend is nearing its end. One of the... 

ETF Deathwatch for September 2013: Count Creeps Up to 332

Ten new names joined the ETF Deathwatch and four left.  The net increase of six puts the count at 332, consisting of 223 ETFs and 109 ETNs.  The average product on the list is 38 months old.  BLDRS Europe 100 ADR (ADRU) is the oldest product on the list at 130 months, and 75 of these ETPs have been... 

ETF Deathwatch for August 2013: 57 ETPs with Less Than $2 Million

ETF Deathwatch membership rolls declined by five for August and are now at their lowest level in fifteen months.  Eight new names joined the list while thirteen came off.  The count for August stands at 326, consisting of 218 ETFs and 108 ETNs.  The average product on the list is 37 months old and... 

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