ETF Deathwatch – December 2009

The number of funds on ETF Deathwatch jumped 13% to 128 this month from 113 in November.  The count consists of 88 ETFs and 40 ETNs that failed to generate at least $100,000 in average daily value traded (ADVT) for the past month. E-TRACS CMCI Short Platinum Excess Return (PTD) headed the list for the... 

ETF Deathwatch – November 2009

The number of funds on ETF Deathwatch edged up to 113 this month from 111 in October.  The count consists of 78 ETFs and 35 ETNs that failed to generate at least $100,000 in average daily value traded (ADVT) for the past month. E-TRACS CMCI Short Platinum Excess Return (PTD) heads the list again this... 

ETF Deathwatch – October 2009

The “official” number of exchange-traded products on Deathwatch dropped for the second month in a row.  This month’s list contains 111 names, seven fewer than last month. E-TRACS CMCI Short Platinum Excess Return (PTD) heads the list again this month.  PTD saw action on only three days in September,... 

ETF Deathwatch Commodity Bonus Issue

The “official” number of exchange-traded products on Deathwatch dropped dramatically for September.  This month’s list contains just 118 names, a drop of nearly 17% from last month.  However, the “unofficial” number now stands at 179, a new record.  The difference between the official and... 

ETF Deathwatch – August 2009

The number of exchange-traded products on Deathwatch increased for the first time in five months.  This month’s list of 142 names is up from 134 last month while still remaining below the record high of 171 in March.  The current list consists of 105 ETFs and 37 ETNs that are at least six months... 

ETF Deathwatch – July 2009

The number of exchange-traded products on Deathwatch fell for the fourth month in a row and now stands at the lowest level since November 2008.  This month’s list of 134 names is down from 150 last month and off from the record high of 171 in March.  The current list consists of 101 ETFs and 33 ETNs... 

ETF Deathwatch – June 2009

The number of exchange-traded products on Deathwatch decreased for the third month in a row.  This month’s list contains 150 names, down from 155 last month and down from the record high of 171 in March.  The current list consists of 111 ETFs and 39 ETNs that are at least six months old and failed... 

ETF Deathwatch – May 2009

The number of exchange-traded products on Deathwatch decreased for the second month in a row.  It would be premature to declare that the peak is now behind us, because I would not be surprised to see additional recession-related declines in trading activity for some ETFs in the months ahead.  This... 

ETF Deathwatch – April 2009

The number of exchange-traded products on Deathwatch fell to 162 from the record high of 171 a month ago.  This is the first decline since we began keeping count last August. The current list consists of 121 ETFs and 41 ETNs that are at least six months old and failed to have an Average Daily Value... 

Dead ETF Walking

They are still listed.  There have not been any press releases announcing closure.  Trading volume has gone to zero.  In some cases, the market maker has abandoned his post.  These are the living dead of the ETF world – products abandoned by their sponsors, shunned by the public, or both.  It... 

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