ETF Stats for November 2014 – Just Shy of $2 Trillion

ETF assets moved closer to crossing the $2 trillion threshold, but they haven’t accomplished the task yet.  Finishing the month at $1,979,993,748,006 means it will only take a 1% increase in December to end the year above this significant level.  Through a combination of inflows and market gains,... 

ETF Stats for October 2014 – Trading Activity Surges 71%

ETF trading activity, as measured by dollar volume, exploded in October to more than $2.3 trillion.  This is a 71% increase over September and the highest level in more than three years.  Assets under management increased 3.4% from the prior month to end at $1.91 trillion, establishing a new month-end... 

ETF Stats for September 2014 – Count at 1,650

Eighteen ETFs and two ETNs came to market in September while thirteen ETFs closed their doors.  Both the closure and launch counts should have been one number higher, but BlackRock (BLK) chose to perform an extreme makeover on a seven-year old iShares ETF rather than closing it and launching a new one. ... 

ETF Stats for August 2014 – Actively Managed ETFs Surge Past 100

Eighteen new products arrived in August.  All were ETFs, as the 2014 slowdown of ETN launches continues.  Most notable for the month was the fact that fourteen of the product introductions were actively managed ETFs.  These caused the ranks of currently listed actively managed ETFs to swell by 15%... 

ETF Stats for July 2014 – Four New Players Join The Game

Sponsors launched fourteen ETFs and three ETNs in July, bringing the new introduction count to 118 so far this year.  Closure activity has been minimal, with no closures in July and just 24 for the year-to-date period.  The seventeen product introductions put the month-end listing count at 1,630 (consisting... 

ETF Stats for June 2014 – Product Count Tops 1,600

Twenty-two new listings in June pushed the ETP count above the 1,600 threshold to close the month at 1,613 (1,408 ETFs and 205 ETNs).  A total of 101 new products came to market in the first half of the year, while just 24 closed up shop.  Although this is an improvement over the past two years, if... 

ETF Stats for May 2014 – Trading Activity Plunges

The ETF listing count continues to creep toward 1,600 as assets swell to more than $1.8 trillion.  Trading activity mysteriously plunged 21% in May, long before the summer slowdown typically begins. Fifteen new ETFs rolled out in May, and two ETNs closed and liquidated.  The net increase of thirteen... 

ETF Stats for April 2014 – ETFs Grow, ETNs Stagnate

The number of ETFs and ETNs listed for trading in US markets continues to march toward the 1,600 level.  In April, ten ETFs and one ETN were introduced, while one ETN closed and liquidated.  The net increase of ten for the month puts the count at 1,578 exchange traded products (“ETPs”), consisting... 

ETF Stats for March 2014 – First ETF Conversion to Mutual Fund

March was the only month of the past twelve that failed to produce a net increase in the number of ETP listings.  A dozen new ETFs and one ETN came to market, but those figures were offset by thirteen ETF closures.  The net change of zero leaves the overall count at 1,568 (consisting of 1,365 ETFs... 

ETF Stats for February 2014 – Actively Managed ETFs Gaining Share

Fifteen launches in February make it forty new ETFs so far in 2014.  If the remainder of the year can maintain the pace of the first two months, it could see the highest launch activity of the past three years.  However, launch activity is never consistent or predictable, so we will have to wait to... 

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