ETF Deathwatch for August 2016: More than 40 Deaths

The 18 additions and 16 subtractions to ETF Deathwatch this month was nearly a wash, with 492 (383 ETFs and 109 ETNs) now on the list.  The previous record of 30 closures in a single month took place in October 2012, when Russell’s strategic retreat from the index ETF business resulted in the shuttering... 

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 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 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 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 Deathwatch for March 2016: O’Shares ETFs Are Dead To Me

The quantity of funds on ETF Deathwatch surged by 20 this month, establishing a new record high.  With 28 new names joining the list and just eight leaving, the membership roll now has 418 entries and easily surpasses the previous record of 403 set in September 2012.  On a percentage basis, one can... 

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 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 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 Deathwatch for November 2015: Investors Shun Smart Beta

ETF Deathwatch membership rolls increased by eight for November, with 21 additions and 13 removals.  Eight of the funds were removed from the list because they went out of business in October.  Five others were discharged due to improved health, a more honorable way to get off the list.  The net increase... 

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