NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The quantity of products on ETF Deathwatch for November shrunk by 19 compared to a month ago. However, readers should not assume this is the result of an improved ETF landscape. Instead, it's because ETFs and ETNs are actually dying and closing.
The changes for November consist of just eight products coming off the list due to an increase in their assets or trading activity. Thirteen new additions more than offset the eight coming off. The major difference lies with the 24 ETPs that were removed because they were among
the 30 that met their edemise and closed during October.
This month's ETF Deathwatch contains 375 (275 ETFs and 100 ETNs) names out of the 1,439 products listed for trading. October was a notable month for our poster-child of
Zombie ETFs, the iPath Long Enhanced MSCI EAFE ETN
, which had its first trade since January 18.
MFLA trading has totaled only 1,100 shares the past nine months, for an annualized pace of less than 1,500 per year. At this rate, it will take more than 16 years to accumulate a redemption unit of 25,000 notes. However, MLFA is scheduled to mature in eight years.
PowerShares Dynamic OTC
is a somewhat surprising addition to this month's list. PWO launched in May 2003, and there are only 112 older ETFs still trading today. The fund's assets quickly grew to more than $185 million in 2005 but today are less than $25 million. Trading activity is nearly non-existent, as PWO now records many zero-volume days. This product should serve as a reminder to all ETF sponsors that achieving success does not equate to keeping success.
The Complete List of 375 Products on ETF Deathwatch for November.
The 13 ETPs Added to ETF Deathwatch for November:
Direxion NASDAQ-100 Equal Weighted
EGShares China Infrastructure ETF
ETRACS DJ-UBS Com 2-4-6 Blended Futures ETN
Global X FTSE Andean 40 ETF
iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Value
iShares Utilities Sector Bond
Market Vectors LatAm Aggregate Bond ETF
Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF
PowerShares Dynamic OTC
ProShares UltraShort Consumer Services
RBS China Trendpilot ETN
SPDR SSgA Multi-Asset Global Allocation
U.S. Agriculture Index Fund
The Eight ETPs Removed from ETF Deathwatch Due to Improved Health:
Direxion Daily Natural Gas Related Bear 3x
ETRACS Alerian Natural Gas MLP ETN
iPath Pure Beta Cocoa ETN
iShares S&P Target Date 2030 Index Fund
market Vectors Russia Small-Cap ETF
ProShares Ultra Investment Grade Corporate
SPDR Nuveen S&P VRDO Municipal Bond ETF
Vanguard Russell 2000 Value ETF
The 24 ETPs Removed from ETF Deathwatch Due to Death and Delisting:
Global X Aluminum ETF
Global X Auto ETF
Global X NASDAQ 400 Mid Cap ETF
Global X NASDAQ 500 ETF
iPath Long Enhanced S&P 500 VIX Mid-Term Futures ETN
Russell 1000 High Beta ETF
Russell 1000 High Momentum ETF
Russell 1000 High Volatility ETF
Russell 2000 High Beta ETF
Russell 2000 High Momentum ETF
Russell 2000 High Volatility ETF
Russell 2000 Low Beta ETF
Russell 2000 Low Volatility ETF
Russell Aggressive Growth ETF
Russell Contrarian ETF
Russell Developed ex-U.S. High Momentum
Russell Developed ex-U.S. Low Beta ETF
Russell Developed ex-U.S. Low Volatility ETF
Russell Low P/E ETF
Russell Small Cap Aggressive Growth ETF
Russell Small Cap Consistent Growth ETF
Russell Small Cap High Dividend Yield ETF
Russell Small Cap Contrarian ETF
Russell Small Cap Low P/E ETF
ETF Deathwatch Criteria (objective criteria used to generate list.)
ETF Deathwatch Archives (past monthly issues.)
At the time of publication the author held no positions in any of the securities, companies or ETF sponsors mentioned.
This article is commentary by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.
Ron Rowland is the founder and president of Capital Cities Asset Management, a fee-based registered investment adviser in Austin, Texas. He is also the founder and publisher of Invest With An Edge and All Star Investor, where he has been providing market commentary and active investment advice since 1991. Opinions expressed in this article should not be considered personal recommendations to buy or sell any security.