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... 

ETF Deathwatch for October 2015: The Zombies Among Us

Twenty-one products joined ETF Deathwatch for October.  Nine former members were put to rest during September and two escaped due to improved health.  The count now stands at 335 (240 ETFs and 95 ETNs), which represents more than 20% of the ETFs and ETNs that have been on the market for more than six... 

ETF Deathwatch for September 2015: 13 Members Recently Died

Seventeen new names joined ETF Deathwatch this month, but the overall membership roll dropped by five as 13 members died and nine left due to improved health.  The current count stands at 325 (233 ETFs and 92 ETNs).  The number of actively managed funds on the list declined from 41 to 39. All newly... 

ETF Deathwatch for August 2015: 330 and Climbing

Eleven ETFs and ETNs came off of ETF Deathwatch this month because they are no longer with us.  Five more escaped because they were able to show a sustained improvement in their health, although the two iShares ETFs in this category are scheduled to close in August.  Even with these sixteen departures,... 

ETF Deathwatch for July 2015: Old Age Is Not A Free Pass

The ETF Deathwatch membership roll increases by three this month, as nine new names join the list and six leave.  The total quantity now stands at 326, consisting of 226 ETFs and 100 ETNs.  This equates to 18.7% of all exchange traded products (“ETPs”) being on ETF Deathwatch (20.1% of which are... 

ETF Deathwatch for June 2015: List Grows to 323

The ETF Deathwatch membership roll grew eight names larger for June.  Seventeen products were added and nine came off.  Escapees included seven products with improved health and two that closed up shop.  The count now stands at 323, consisting of 225 ETFs and 98 ETNs.  Actively managed ETFs continue... 

ETF Deathwatch for May 2015: Back Above 300

The ETF Deathwatch membership rolls jumped higher for May.  Twenty names were added to the list, while only four came off.  The net increase of 16 pushed the total count from 299 to 315, consisting of 221 ETFs and 94 ETNs.  The industry hit a major milestone earlier this month when the number of ETF... 

ETF Deathwatch for April 2015: Seventeen New Names

ETF Deathwatch membership increased by six but is still just shy of the 300 mark.  Seventeen new names joined the list while eleven escaped.  Six of the departing products did so by improving their health through increased assets, increased trading activity, or both.  Five others are now “dearly... 

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