ETF Deathwatch for December 2010

The number of exchange-traded products (ETPs) on ETF Deathwatch declined to 139 (108 ETFs and 31 ETNs), the lowest level in six months.  Last month’s quantity of 154 was the highest in 18 months, and the average has been 124 the past 12 months. Direxion Daily 2-Year Treasury Bull 3x Shares (TWOL)... 

ETF Deathwatch for November 2010

The number of exchange-traded products (ETPs) on ETF Deathwatch jumped to 154 (120 ETFs and 34 ETNs), the highest level in 18 months.  Product sponsors delisted and closed six ETFs in September and another six in October.  Despite the recent closures, this month’s list is four more than last month. Five... 

ETF Deathwatch for October 2010

The number of exchange-traded products (ETPs) on ETF Deathwatch declined slightly this month to 149 (113 ETFs and 36 ETNs).  Six ETFs were delisted and closed during September, while the quantity on Deathwatch only declined by four from last month as other products were quick to fill the void. The six... 

ETF Deathwatch for September 2010

The number of exchange-traded products (ETPs) on ETF Deathwatch climbed again this month to 153 (114 ETFs and 39 ETNs).  This is a 4.8% increase from last month and the highest number since May 2009. Two funds closed last month that have been on the list every month since they became eligible:  Grail... 

Tracking the Walking Dead of the ETF World

Rhonda Schaffler of Reuters Insider TV interviewed me recently for a segment entitled Tracking the Walking Dead of the ETF World.  The story aired on August 23, 2010. We discussed the exploding number of new ETFs and ETNs coming to market and how I identify the potentially troublesome products included... 

ETF Deathwatch for August 2010

The number of exchange-traded products (ETPs) on ETF Deathwatch climbed again this month to 146 (110 ETFs and 36 ETNs).  This is a 9.8% increase from last month and the largest quantity since fourteen months ago when the count stood at 150. There are currently 108 products that have been granted temporary... 

ETF Deathwatch – July 2010

This month the number of exchange-traded products (ETPs) on ETF Deathwatch surged to its highest level in almost a year.  The count now stands at 133 (98 ETFs and 35 ETNs), a massive +54% increase from June and the largest quantity since 142 in August 2009. Last month, I said the low count for June... 

ETF Deathwatch for June 2010

The number of exchange-traded products (ETPs) on ETF Deathwatch fell again this month.  The count now stands at just 86 (56 ETFs and 30 ETNs), the lowest level since the November 2008 ETF Deathwatch list. Does this mean the ETF industry is at full health?  I’m not ready to jump to that conclusion... 

ETF Deathwatch for May 2010

The number of exchange-traded products (ETPs) on ETF Deathwatch fell this month, and is again below 100.  For May, the quantity is 99 (68 ETFs and 31 ETNs), down from the 108 in April. A dozen new funds launched last October, and now that they are at least six months old they have lost their Deathwatch... 

ETF Deathwatch for April 2010

The number of exchange-traded products (ETPs) on ETF Deathwatch grew again this month.  For April, the quantity is 108 (76 ETFs and 32 ETNs), up from 104 for March. Thirteen new funds launched last September, and now that they are at least six months old they have lost their Deathwatch immunity.  Nine... 

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