ETF Stats for July 2015 – Currency Hedging Jumps The Shark

Thirty-seven new ETFs and ETNs were launched in July and fifteen closed.  The changes leave the listed count at 1,764, consisting of 1,570 ETFs and 194 ETNs.  With sixteen new currency-hedged ETFs coming to market, including three half-hedged funds, it would be easy to conclude that a bubble in currency-hedged... 

ETF Stats for June 2015 – Mid-Year Snapshot

Thirty new ETFs came to market in June, and only two left.  This was the largest quantity of launches since October 2013, and the net increase of 28 was the largest since February 2012.  The data suggests the industry continues to recover from its 2012-2013 slump.  The 133 introductions by the year’s... 

ETF Stats for May 2015 – Spot Failures and Extreme Makeovers

Sixteen new products were introduced in May and five were closed. Both the launch and closure counts should have been higher by ten, but Invesco PowerShares decided to perform an extreme-makeover on ten of its ETFs.  Additionally, new entrant AccuShares fails to learn from history and launches ETFs... 

ETF Stats for April 2015 – Product Count Tops 1700

The number of listed exchange traded funds (“ETFs”) and exchange traded notes (“ETNs”) surpassed the 1,700 for the first time.  Seventeen new ETFs were introduced during April, while only one was closed.  At the end of the month, the product count stood at 1,703, consisting of 1,496 ETFs and... 

ETF Stats for March 2015 – Trading Activity Picks Up

Twenty-three ETFs and two ETNs came to market in March.  Meanwhile, five ETFs shuttered operations and are no longer with us.  The net increase of twenty puts the month-end count of listed products at 1,687, consisting of 1,480 ETFs and 207 ETNs.  Actively managed funds added one to their roster,... 

ETF Stats for February 2015 – Actively Managed Assets Jump 10%

The ETF industry roared back in February after beginning the year with a negative start in January.  Twenty-two new products came to market during the month and seven shuttered operations.  Assets jumped 5.3% to $2.1 trillion, which by our calculations allowed month-end assets to close above the $2... 

ETF Stats for January 2015 – Negative Start

The ETF industry began the year with a thud.  Listings decreased by ten, including five actively managed ETFs, and assets dropped by a percentage point.  Although 13 new ETFs launched in the first month of the year, 23 other products closed, delisted, and liquidated.  Product count now stands at 1,652,... 

Complete List of 79 ETP Closures for 2014

Seventy-nine exchange traded products bit the dust in 2014, marking the second highest annual death toll in the history of the ETF industry.  The 72 ETF and 7 ETN closures were second only to the 102 closures of 2012.  Broken down by major categories, the closures of 2014 consisted of 22 sector, 15... 

Complete List of 205 New ETPs for 2014

Exchange traded product launches numbered 205 (193 ETFs and 12 ETNs) in 2014, a figure more or less in the middle of the range of the past nine years.  Closures came in at 79, resulting in a net increase of 126 for the year.  Product count increased by 8.2% to 1,662, and assets jumped by 17.8% to end... 

ETF Stats for December 2014 – $1.999 Trillion

The ETF industry crossed above the $2 trillion threshold in December but was unable to hold it as the month and year ended.  By our calculations, at the close of business on December 31, 2014, U.S.-listed ETFs had $1.972 trillion in assets and ETNs stood at $26.9 billion, for a combined total of $1.999... 

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