Exchange-traded product launches numbered 178 in 2012.  Despite the rapid start to the year, the final tally was only the fifth largest on record.  The quantity represented a decrease of 42% from the record of 308 introductions set a year ago.  New products in 2012 consisted of 155 ETFs and 23 ETNs.  For actively managed ETFs, introductions picked up significantly over prior years with 18 (10.1%) of 2012’s launches fitting that description.  Last year in 2011, despite the record number of new products coming to market, only five (1.6%) were billed as actively managed funds.

From a new product introduction viewpoint, 2012 was clearly the “year of the global and international ETF.”  More than a third of the launches were categorized as Global & International.  The 60 identified below would swell to 71 if the new Sector ETFs with a global or international universe were included.

Quantities by broad categories for the 178 launches of 2012:

  • 60 Global & International
  • 35 Bond
  • 34 Style & Strategy
  • 17 Sector
  • 11 Leveraged
  • 10 Commodity
  • 8 Inverse
  • 3 Currency
  • 0 Volatility

The most prolific issuer of new products was BlackRock, which brought out 47 ETFs under the iShares brand.  Trailing far behind were the second place finishers of First Trust and ProShares with 13 introductions each.  New product counts for other prominent sponsors included 11 from State Street SPDRs, 7 each from Van Eck Market Vectors and Invesco PowerShares.  Surprisingly, ETF behemoth Vanguard only brought one new ETF to market in 2012.

The table below lists all 178 new products sorted by name.  The IPO date is the first day the product was listed and available for purchase.  The “first trade” may be a later date in some cases, as a few products do not have any first-day volume.  Additionally, the “inception date” listed by others for many ETFs is often a meaningless date as it is frequently a day or more before it actually becomes listed and available for purchase.

New ETFs and ETNs in 2012

#TickerNameCategoryIPO DateNotes
1ACCUAdvisorShares Accuvest Global OpportunitiesGlobal/Intl01/26/20121,2
2RRGRAdvisorShares Global Alpha & Beta ETFGlobal/Intl07/11/20121,2
3GIVEAdvisorShares Global Echo ETFGlobal/Intl05/24/20121
4DBIZAdvisorShares Pring Turner Business CycleGlobal/Intl12/19/20121,2
5QEHAdvisorShares QAM Equity Hedge ETFStyle/Strat08/08/20121,2
6SSAMAdvisorShares Rockledge SectorSAM ETFStyle/Strat01/12/20121,2
7VEGAAdvisorShares STAR Global Buy-Write ETFGlobal/Intl09/18/20121,2
8ALFAAlphaClone Alternative Alpha ETFStyle/Strat05/31/2012
9SDOGALPS Sector Dividend Dogs ETFStyle/Strat06/29/2012
10GSAXALPS/GS Momentum Bldr Asia x-Jpn Eq/US-TGlobal/Intl12/20/20122
11GSGOALPS/GS Momentum Bldr Gr Mkts Eq/US-TGlobal/Intl12/20/20122
12GSMAALPS/GS Momentum Builder Multi-AssetGlobal/Intl12/20/20122
13GSRAALPS/GS Risk-Adjusted Return U.S. Large CapStyle/Strat12/20/2012
14GYLDArrow Dow Jones Global Yield ETFGlobal/Intl05/08/2012
15CAPEBarclays ETN+ Shiller CAPE ETNStyle/Strat10/11/2012
16QQQEDirexion NASDAQ-100 Equal WeightedStyle/Strat03/21/2012
17VSPRDirexion S&P 1500 DRRC Volatility ResponseStyle/Strat01/11/2012
18VSPYDirexion S&P 500 DRRC Volatility ResponseStyle/Strat01/11/2012
19VLATDirexion S&P Latin America 40 DRRC Vlty RspGlobal/Intl01/11/2012
20BBRCEGShares Beyond BRICs ETFGlobal/Intl08/15/2012
21EMCREGShares Emerging Markets Core ETFGlobal/Intl10/16/2012
22EMDDEGShares Emerging Mkts Domestic DemandGlobal/Intl08/15/2012
23AMUETRACS Alerian MLP Index ETNSector07/18/2012
24BLNDETRACS DJ-UBS Com 2-4-6 Blended Fut ETNCommodity04/26/2012
25RWXLETRACS Mthly Pay 2x DJ Intl Real Est ETNLeveraged03/21/2012
26DVYLETRACS Mthly Pay 2x DJ Select Dividend ETNLeveraged05/23/2012
27MORLETRACS Mthly Pay 2x Mortgage REIT ETNLeveraged10/17/2012
28SDYLETRACS Mthly Pay 2x S&P Dividend ETNLeveraged05/23/2012
29FAUSFirst Trust Australia AlphaDEXGlobal/Intl02/15/2012
30FCANFirst Trust Canada AlphaDEXGlobal/Intl02/15/2012
31VIXHFirst Trust CBOE S&P 500 VIX Tail Hedge FundStyle/Strat08/30/2012
32FDTSFirst Trust Dvlp Mkts x-US Sml Cap AlphaDEXGlobal/Intl02/16/2012
33FEMSFirst Trust Emerging Mkts Sml Cap AlphaDEXGlobal/Intl02/16/2012
34FGMFirst Trust Germany AlphaDEXGlobal/Intl02/15/2012
35FHKFirst Trust Hong Kong AlphaDEXGlobal/Intl02/15/2012
36MDIVFirst Trust Multi-Asset Diversified IncomeStyle/Strat08/14/2012
37TDIVFirst Trust NASDAQ Technology DividendStyle/Strat08/14/2012
38EMLPFirst Trust No. American Energy InfrastructureSector06/21/20121
39FSZFirst Trust Switzerland AlphaDEXGlobal/Intl02/15/2012
40FTWFirst Trust Taiwan AlphaDEXGlobal/Intl02/15/2012
41FKUFirst Trust United Kingdom AlphaDEXGlobal/Intl02/15/2012
42TLTDFlexShares Mstar Dev Mkts ex-US Factor TiltGlobal/Intl09/28/2012
43TLTEFlexShares Mstar Emerging Mkts Factor TiltGlobal/Intl09/28/2012
44QDFFlexShares Quality DividendStyle/Strat12/19/2012
45QDEFFlexShares Quality Dividend DefensiveStyle/Strat12/19/2012
46QDYNFlexShares Quality Dividend DynamicStyle/Strat12/19/2012
47RAVIFlexShares Ready Access Variable IncomeBond10/11/20121
48MLPAGlobal X MLP ETFSector04/19/2012
49PERMGlobal X Permanent ETFGlobal/Intl02/08/2012
50SPFFGlobal X SuperIncome Preferred ETFStyle/Strat07/17/2012
51GURUGlobal X Top Guru Holdings Index ETFStyle/Strat06/05/2012
52BSJGGuggenheim BulletShares 2016 HY BondBond04/25/2012
53BSJHGuggenheim BulletShares 2017 HY BondBond04/25/2012
54BSCIGuggenheim BulletShares 2018 Corp BondBond03/28/2012
55BSJIGuggenheim BulletShares 2018 HY BondBond04/25/2012
56BSCJGuggenheim BulletShares 2019 Corp BondBond03/28/2012
57BSCKGuggenheim BulletShares 2020 Corp BondBond03/28/2012
58HECOHuntington EcoLogical Strategy ETFStyle/Strat06/20/20121
59HUSEHuntington US Equity Rotation Strategy ETFStyle/Strat07/25/20121
60QMNIQ Hedge Market Neutral TrackerStyle/Strat10/04/2012
61QLTAiShares Aaa - A Rated Corporate BondBond02/16/2012
62DVYAiShares Asia/Pacific Dividend 30Global/Intl02/24/2012
63QLTBiShares Baa-Ba Rated Corporate BondBond04/26/2012
64CMBSiShares Barclays CMBS BondBond02/16/2012
65GNMAiShares Barclays GNMA BondBond02/16/2012
66GOVTiShares Barclays U.S. Treasury BondBond02/16/2012
67QLTCiShares B-Ca Rated Corporate BondBond04/26/2012
68IEFAiShares Core MSCI EAFE ETFGlobal/Intl10/22/2012
69IEMGiShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETFGlobal/Intl10/22/2012
70IXUSiShares Core MSCI Total International StockGlobal/Intl10/22/2012
71ISTBiShares Core Short-Term Bond ETFBond10/22/2012
72CEMBiShares Emerging Markets Corporate BondBond04/19/2012
73DVYEiShares Emerging Markets DividendGlobal/Intl02/24/2012
74EMHYiShares Emerging Markets High Yield BondBond04/03/2012
75MONYiShares Financials Sector BondBond02/16/2012
76HYXUiShares Global ex USD High Yield Corp BondBond04/03/2012
77GHYGiShares Global High Yield Corporate BondBond04/05/2012
78ENGNiShares Industrials Sector BondBond02/16/2012
79IYLDiShares Morningstar Multi-Asset IncomeStyle/Strat04/05/20122
80AAITiShares MSCI All Country Asia Info TechSector02/09/2012
81AXJSiShares MSCI All Country Asia x-Japan SmlCapGlobal/Intl02/03/2012
82EWASiShares MSCI Australia Small CapGlobal/Intl01/26/2012
83EWCSiShares MSCI Canada Small CapGlobal/Intl01/26/2012
84EDENiShares MSCI Denmark Capped Invst MktGlobal/Intl01/26/2012
85EEMAiShares MSCI Emerging Markets AsiaGlobal/Intl02/09/2012
86EEMEiShares MSCI Emerging Markets EMEAGlobal/Intl01/19/2012
87EGRWiShares MSCI Emerging Markets GrowthGlobal/Intl02/09/2012
88EEMLiShares MSCI Emerging Markets Latin AmericaGlobal/Intl01/19/2012
89EVALiShares MSCI Emerging Markets ValueGlobal/Intl02/09/2012
90EMDIiShares MSCI Emrg Mkts Cons DiscretionarySector02/09/2012
91EMEYiShares MSCI Emrg Mkts Energy SectorSector02/09/2012
92EFNLiShares MSCI Finland Capped Investable MktGlobal/Intl01/26/2012
93FMiShares MSCI Frontier 100 Index FundGlobal/Intl09/13/2012
94EWGSiShares MSCI Germany Small CapGlobal/Intl01/26/2012
95VEGIiShares MSCI Global Agriculture ProducersSector02/02/2012
96FILLiShares MSCI Global Energy ProducersSector02/02/2012
97RINGiShares MSCI Global Gold MinersSector02/02/2012
98PICKiShares MSCI Global Select Mtl&Mng PrdcrsSector02/02/2012
99SLVPiShares MSCI Global Silver Miners FundSector02/02/2012
100EWHSiShares MSCI Hong Kong Small CapGlobal/Intl01/12/2012
101INDAiShares MSCI IndiaGlobal/Intl02/03/2012
102SMINiShares MSCI India Small CapGlobal/Intl02/09/2012
103ENORiShares MSCI Norway Capped Investable MktGlobal/Intl01/24/2012
104EWSSiShares MSCI Singapore Small CapGlobal/Intl01/12/2012
105EWUSiShares MSCI United Kingdom Small CapGlobal/Intl01/26/2012
106URTHiShares MSCI World Index FundGlobal/Intl01/12/2012
107AMPSiShares Utilities Sector BondBond02/16/2012
108HYEMMarket Vectors Emg Mkts High Yield BondBond05/09/2012
109ANGLMarket Vectors Fallen Angel High Yield BondBond04/11/2012
110IDXJMarket Vectors Indonesia Small-Cap ETFGlobal/Intl03/21/2012
111IHYMarket Vectors International High Yield BondBond04/03/2012
112MOATMarket Vectors Morningstar Wide Moat RsrchStyle/Strat04/25/2012
113PFXFMarket Vectors Preferred Sec. ex FinancialsStyle/Strat07/17/2012
114FRAKMarket Vectors Unconventional Oil & Gas ETFSector02/15/2012
115ILBPIMCO Global Advantage Inflation-Linked BondBond05/01/20121
116BONDPIMCO Total Return ETFBond03/01/20121
117DWASPowerShares DWA SmallCap Technical LdrsStyle/Strat07/19/2012
118PHDGPowerShares S&P 500 Downside HedgedStyle/Strat12/06/20121
119SPHDPowerShares S&P 500 High DividendStyle/Strat10/18/2012
120EEHBPowerShares S&P Emerging Mkts High BetaGlobal/Intl02/24/2012
121EELVPowerShares S&P Emg Mkts Low VolatilityGlobal/Intl01/13/2012
122IDHBPowerShares S&P Intl Developed High BetaGlobal/Intl02/24/2012
123IDLVPowerShares S&P Intl Developed Low VolatilityGlobal/Intl01/13/2012
124RINFProShares 30 Year TIPS/TSY SpreadBond01/12/2012
125GGOVProShares German Sovereign/Sub-SovereignBond01/26/2012
126MRGRProShares Merger ETFStyle/Strat12/13/2012
127FINFProShares Short 30 Year TIPS/TSY SpreadInverse01/12/2012
128EUFXProShares Short EuroCurrency06/27/2012
129GDAYProShares Ultra Australian DollarCurrency07/19/2012
130UINFProShares UltraPro 10 Year TIPS/TSY SpreadLeveraged02/09/2012
131FINUProShares UltraPro FinancialsLeveraged07/12/2012
132SINFProShares UltraPro Short 10yr TIPS/TSY SprdInverse02/09/2012
133TTTProShares UltraPro Short 20+ Year TreasuryInverse03/29/2012
134FINZProShares UltraPro Short FinancialsInverse07/12/2012
135CROCProShares UltraShort Australian DollarCurrency07/19/2012
136COBOProShares USD Covered BondBond05/23/2012
137GEMSPureFunds ISE Diamonds/Gemstone ETFSector11/29/2012
138SILJPureFunds ISE Junior Silver ETFSector11/29/2012
139MSXXPureFunds ISE Mining Service ETFSector11/29/2012
140SNLNPyxis/iBoxx Senior Loan ETFBond11/07/2012
141TCHIRBS China Trendpilot ETNGlobal/Intl04/19/2012
142RGRARBS Rogers Enhanced Agriculture ETNCommodity11/15/2012
143RGRCRBS Rogers Enhanced Commodity Index ETNCommodity11/15/2012
144RGRERBS Rogers Enhanced Energy ETNCommodity11/15/2012
145RGRIRBS Rogers Enhanced Industrial Metals ETNCommodity11/15/2012
146RGRPRBS Rogers Enhanced Precious Metals ETNCommodity11/15/2012
147ALTLRBS US Large Cap Alternator ETNStyle/Strat09/06/2012
148HDIVRussell High Dividend Yield ETFStyle/Strat03/15/20123
149DIVSRussell Small Cap High Dividend Yield ETFStyle/Strat03/15/20123
150SJNKSPDR Barclays Short Term High Yield BondBond03/15/2012
151XOVRSPDR BofA Merrill Lynch Crossover Corp BondBond06/19/2012
152EMCDSPDR BofA Merrill Lynch Emg Mkts Corp BondBond06/19/2012
153ACIMSPDR MSCI ACWI IMI ETFGlobal/Intl02/28/2012
154EMFTSPDR MSCI EM 50 ETFGlobal/Intl02/28/2012
155MMTMSPDR S&P 1500 Momentum Tilt ETFStyle/Strat10/25/2012
156VLUSPDR S&P 1500 Value Tilt ETFStyle/Strat10/25/2012
157GMFSSPDR S&P Small Cap Emerging Asia PacificGlobal/Intl01/12/2012
158GALSPDR SSgA Multi-Asset Global AllocationGlobal/Intl04/26/20121,2
159INKMSPDR SSgA Multi-Asset Income AllocationStyle/Strat04/26/20121,2
160RLYSPDR SSgA Multi-Asset Real ReturnStyle/Strat04/26/20121,2
161BNPCSTREAM S&P Dynamic Roll Gbl CommoditiesCommodity06/06/2012
162SNDSSustainable North American Oil Sands ETFSector06/12/2012
163TAGSTeucrium Agricultural FundCommodity03/28/20122
164FBGUBS AG FI Enhanced Big Cap Growth ETNLeveraged06/11/2012
165USAGUnited States Agriculture Index FundCommodity04/13/2012
166USMIUnited States Metals Index FundCommodity06/19/2012
167VTIPVanguard S-T Inflation Protected SecuritiesBond10/16/2012
168SCPRVelocityShares 2x Inverse Copper ETNInverse02/08/20123
169LCPRVelocityShares 2x Long Copper ETNLeveraged02/08/20123
170DOILVelocityShares 3x Inverse Brent Crude ETNInverse02/08/2012
171DWTIVelocityShares 3x Inverse Crude ETNInverse02/08/2012
172DGAZVelocityShares 3x Inverse Natural Gas ETNInverse02/08/2012
173UOILVelocityShares 3x Long Brent Crude ETNLeveraged02/08/2012
174UWTIVelocityShares 3x Long Crude ETNLeveraged02/08/2012
175UGAZVelocityShares 3x Long Natural Gas ETNLeveraged02/08/2012
176CHXFWisdomTree China Dividend Ex-FinancialsGlobal/Intl09/19/2012
177EMCBWisdomTree Emerging Markets Corp BondBond03/08/20121
178YMLPYorkville High Income MLPSector03/13/2012
Notes: 1) actively managed, 2) Fund-of-Funds, 3) delisted prior to end of year.  All exchange traded notes are identified with “ETN” as part of their name description.

List of 308 New ETPs for 2011 

List of 223 New ETPs for 2010 

List of 136 new ETPs for 2009 

Disclosure covering writer, editor, publisher, and affiliates: Long positions in some of the securities listed in the table. No positions in any of the companies or ETF sponsors mentioned.  No income, revenue, or other compensation (either directly or indirectly) received from, or on behalf of, any of the companies or ETF sponsors mentioned.