ETF Stats For August 2015; Assets Fall As Trading Jumps

etfs flow 600X300Ron Rowland:  ETF industry assets dropped 5.4% in August as trading surged 33.5%.  Product count increased by only four because the twenty-four launches were nearly overshadowed by the twenty ETF deaths.  The month closed with 1,768 active listings, consisting of 1,574 ETFs and 194 ETNs.  The actively managed fund count held steady at 133, although their assets moved 2.0% higher.

Assets shrunk by $115 billion for the month as negative market action swamped the less-than $3 billion of cash inflows.  The setback puts overall assets at just a little over the $2 trillion mark and the year-to-date asset gains at just 1.0%.  Actively managed funds fared better than passive funds in August as assets increased to $21.2 billion, which represents a 2.0% gain for the month and a healthy 23.1% year-to-date jump.

The quantity of ETFs with more than $10 billion in assets slipped from 54 to 52, and these 2.9% of the listings control 56% of the assets.  Funds with more than $1 billion in assets declined by four to 259 and they hold an 84.7% market share.  The average ETF has $1.18 billion in assets, but average does not imply typical.  Only 228 products are above average when it comes to assets, while the other 1,540 (87%) are below average.  The median asset size across all products is about $75 million.

August is often a sleepy month for trading activity as summer vacations tend to put a damper on market volume.  This August was far from typical, as ETF trading activity surged to its second-highest monthly level in more than four years.  The total dollar volume of ETFs and ETNs was $2.12 trillion for the month.  This was a 33.5% jump from July and a whopping 178% surge from August 2014.

As usual, the vast majority of the trading was concentrated in relatively few ETFs.  Fourteen products averaged more than $1 billion per day in trading activity, and this elite group captured a 61.1% market share.  At the other extreme, there were 1,419 products that failed to muster $10 million in average daily trading.  Even though they represent 80% of the products on the market, they accounted for only 2% of the trading action.

Realizing how tough it is to succeed in the ETF space, industry leader BlackRock (BLK) closed and liquidated eighteen iShares ETFs.  Two of the closing funds had more than $30 million in assets, which is above the $25 million limit for ETF Deathwatch inclusion.  So far this year, eleven products with more than $25 million in assets have closed.  It may be time to raise the threshold.

Currency hedging remains the dominate theme for new launches.  Twelve of the 24 new ETFs released in August boast a currency-hedged strategy.  Deutsche Bank (DB) had some early success with this approach, and it now appears to be the firm’s primary thrust for its X-trackers product line.  Ten new Deutsche X-trackers ETFs employing currency hedging arrived in August.  Additionally, Deutsche closed nine of its unhedged funds this year.  Of the 32 X-trackers listed for trading in the US, 24 use currency hedging, three use interest rate hedging, and only five are unhedged.

August 2015 Month End ETFs ETNs Total
Currently Listed U.S. 1,574 194 1,768
Listed as of 12/31/2014 1,451 211 1,662
New Introductions for Month 24 0 24
Delistings/Closures for Month 20 0 20
Net Change for Month +4 0 +4
New Introductions 6 Months 145 4 149
New Introductions YTD 179 5 184
Delistings/Closures YTD 56 22 78
Net Change YTD +123 -17 +106
Assets Under Mgmt ($ billion) $1,993 $25.3 $2,019
% Change in Assets for Month -5.5% +1.5% -5.4%
% Change in Assets YTD +1.1% -6.0% +1.0%
Qty AUM > $10 Billion 52 0 52
Qty AUM > $1 Billion 252 7 259
Qty AUM > $100 Million 765 35 800
% with AUM > $100 Million 48.6% 18.0% 45.3%
Monthly $ Volume ($ billion) $2,040 $80.8 $2,120
% Change in Monthly $ Volume +33.7% +31.0% +33.5%
Avg Daily $ Volume > $1 Billion 12 2 14
Avg Daily $ Volume > $100 Million 102 7 109
Avg Daily $ Volume > $10 Million 337 12 349
Actively Managed ETF Count (w/ change) 133 +0 mth +8 ytd
Actively Managed AUM ($ billion) $21.2 +2.0% mth +23.1% ytd

Data sources:  Daily prices and volume of individual ETPs from Norgate Premium Data.  Fund counts and all other information compiled by Invest With An Edge.

New products launched in August (sorted by launch date):

  1. Virtus Newfleet Multi-Sector Unconstrained Bond ETF (NFLT), launched 8/11/2015, is an actively managed ETF with a main objective of providing a high level of current income and a secondary objective of capital appreciation.  The ETF will rotate among various global bond market sectors at times the managers believe they will outperform.  Yield information is not currently provided.  The expense ratio will be capped at 0.80% until 8/10/16 (NFLT overview).
  2. Deutsche X-trackers MSCI All World ex US High Dividend Yield Hedged Equity ETF (HDAW), launched 8/12/2015, is designed to invest in non-US companies with higher-than-average dividend yields while mitigating exposure to fluctuations between the value of the component currencies and the US dollar.  Equities can be selected from both developed and emerging markets, with the largest geographic exposure currently being the UK at about 33%.  Current yield is 4.4%.  HDAW has an expense ratio of 0.45% (HDAW overview).
  3. Deutsche X-trackers MSCI EAFE High Dividend Yield Hedged Equity ETF (HDEF), launched 8/12/2015, invests in non-US companies with higher-than-average dividend yields while offsetting value changes between the component currencies and the US dollar using forward currency contracts.  Equities are selected from among the MSCI EAFE universe, with the largest geographic exposure currently being the UK at about 40%.  Current yield is 4.4%.  The ETF sports an expense ratio of 0.45% (HDEF overview).
  4. Deutsche X-trackers MSCI Emerging Markets High Dividend Yield Hedged Equity ETF (HDEE), launched 8/12/2015, is designed to invest in emerging market companies with higher-than-average dividend yields while mitigating exposure to fluctuations between the value of the component currencies and the US dollar.  China leads the way with about a 31% country allocation, and the current yield is 4.1%.  The ETF’s expense ratio is 0.65% (HDEE overview).
  5. Deutsche X-trackers MSCI Eurozone High Dividend Yield Hedged Equity ETF (HDEZ), launched 8/12/2015, invests in European companies with higher-than-average dividend yields while offsetting value changes between the euro and the US dollar using forward currency contracts.  The largest geographic exposure is Germany at about 24%, with France coming in next at about 19%.  Current yield is 4.2%.  Investors will pay 0.45% annually to own this ETF (HDEZ overview).
  6. Guggenheim S&P 500 Equal Weight Real Estate ETF (EWRE), launched 8/13/2015, is designed to provide an investment option composed of the companies in the S&P 500 that are included in the real estate sector, excluding mortgage real estate investment trusts (REITs).  The holdings are equally weighted and will be rebalanced quarterly.  EWRE has an expense ratio of 0.40% (EWRE overview).
  7. Deutsche X-trackers Japan JPX-Nikkei 400 Hedged Equity ETF (JPNH), launched 8/19/2015, will hold 400 Japanese securities that are selected based on qualitative and quantitative measures such as return on equity (ROE), cumulative operating profit, and market capitalization.  The ETF then hedges its currency risk between the US dollar and Japanese yen with forward contracts.  The expense ratio is capped at 0.45% until 10/1/16 (JPNH overview).
  8. Deutsche X-trackers MSCI Australia Hedged Equity ETF (DBAU), launched 8/19/2015, invests in large- and mid-capitalization Australian stocks while utilizing currency forwards to minimize fluctuations between the Australian and US dollars.  The ETF currently holds 70 securities, with over 50% representing the Financials sector.  The ETF sports an expense ratio of 0.45% (DBAU overview).
  9. Deutsche X-trackers MSCI EAFE Small Cap Hedged Equity ETF (DBES), launched 8/19/2015, is designed to give investors access to small-cap, developed market equities outside of the US while mitigating exposure to currency fluctuations.  There are over 2,000 holdings representing 21 countries.  The ETF’s expense ratio is 0.45% (DBES overview).
  10. Deutsche X-trackers MSCI Italy Hedged Equity ETF (DBIT), launched 8/19/2015, is currently invested in 26 large- and mid-capitalization Italian equities.  DBIT uses forward contracts to minimizing the value fluctuations between the US dollar and the euro.  Holdings of Intesa Sanpaolo and Eni combine to be about 25% of the fund.  Investors will pay 0.45% annually to own this ETF (DBIT overview).
  11. Deutsche X-trackers MSCI Southern Europe Hedged Equity ETF (DBSE), launched 8/19/2015, selects large- and mid-capitalization equities in Spain, Italy, and Portugal while minimizing the value fluctuations between the US dollar and the euro.  The underlying MSCI Index excludes Greece, which lies further south than the three constituent countries.  Sector allocation is heavy in Financials at nearly 42%, while 56% of the 55 holdings are in Spain. DBSE has an expense ratio of 0.45% (DBSE overview).
  12. Deutsche X-trackers MSCI Spain Hedged Equity ETF (DBSP), launched 8/19/2015, is currently invested in 25 large- and mid-capitalization Spanish equities.  DBSP utilizes forward contracts to minimize the fluctuations between the value of the US dollar and euro.  Financials leads the sector allocation at nearly 42%, with Banco Santander the top holding at 17.2%.  The ETF sports an expense ratio of 0.45% (DBSP overview).
  13. Direxion Daily Homebuilders & Supplies Bear 3x Shares (CLAW), launched 8/19/2015, is designed to return a leveraged daily return of -300% (inverse) of the Dow Jones US Select Home Construction Index.  The Index includes a variety of companies that provide homebuilding services and products, such as builders, home improvement retailers, and suppliers of building materials and fixtures.  The expense ratio will be capped at 0.95% until 9/1/17 (CLAW overview).
  14. Direxion Daily Homebuilders & Supplies Bull 3x Shares (NAIL), launched 8/19/2015, has a goal of providing a leveraged daily return of 300% of the Dow Jones US Select Home Construction. The Index includes a variety of companies that provide homebuilding services and products, such as suppliers of building materials and furnishings, builders, and home improvement retailers.  The expense ratio will be capped at 0.95% until 9/1/17 (NAIL overview).
  15. Direxion Daily Regional Banks Bear 3x Shares (WDRW), launched 8/19/2015, seeks to provide a daily return of -300% (inverse) of an index reflecting the 50 largest regional banks in the US.  The banks are selected based on their free-float market capitalization and then equally weighted.  The expense ratio will be capped at 0.95% until 9/1/17 (WDRW overview).
  16. Direxion Daily Regional Banks Bull 3x Shares (DPST), launched 8/19/2015, attempts to provide a 300% daily return of the Solactive US Regional Banks Total Return Index.  The Index selects the 50 largest regional banks in the US based on free-float market capitalization and then equally weights the holdings.  The expense ratio will be capped at 0.95% until 9/1/17 (DPST overview).
  17. Market Vectors Oil Refiners ETF (CRAK), launched 8/19/2015, invests in the largest and most liquid companies in the global oil refining segment.  It currently holds 25 companies that produce gasoline, jet fuel, fuel oil, naphtha, and other petrochemicals.  The US accounts for about half of the geographic allocation, with the next largest being Japan at about 10.9%.  The manager will cap expenses at 0.59% until 5/1/17 (CRAK overview).
  18. O’Shares FTSE Asia Pacific Quality Dividend ETF (OASI), launched 8/19/2015, invests in large- and mid-capitalization companies in Asia Pacific that pay dividends.  Holdings are selected based on several factors such as liquidity, high quality, low volatility, and dividend yield.  The largest country represented is Japan at 43.9%, and the sector allocation is relatively even with six over 10%.  OASI has a 0.58% expense ratio (OASI overview).
  19. O’Shares FTSE Europe Quality Dividend ETF (OEUR), launched 8/19/2015, invests in large- and mid-capitalization, dividend-paying European equities.  Holdings are selected based on several factors such as liquidity, high quality, low volatility, and dividend yield.  The UK has the largest country allocation at 43.1%.  Health Care and Consumer Goods lead the sectors at about 19% each.  Investors will pay 0.58% annually to own this ETF (OEUR overview).
  20. Compass EMP International 500 Volatility Weighted Index ETF (CIL), launched 8/20/2015, invests in up to 500 large-cap equities in developed stock markets, excluding the US.  The ETF’s selection process starts with screening for companies with net positive earnings for four consecutive quarters.  It then selects the largest 500 and weights them based on their daily standard deviation (volatility).  Countries with more than a 10% allocation include Japan at 20.5% and the UK at 12.7%.  The expense ratio is capped at 0.45% until 6/30/17 (CIL overview).
  21. Compass EMP International High Dividend 100 Volatility Weighted Index ETF (CID), launched 8/20/2015, selects the 100 highest dividend-paying equities from the CEMP International 500 Volatility Weighted Index and weights them based on their daily standard deviation (volatility).  The UK tops the country allocation with 19.5%. Australia is close behind at 17.5%.  The expense ratio is capped at 0.45% until 6/30/17 (CID overview).
  22. O’Shares FTSE Asia Pacific Quality Dividend Hedged ETF (OAPH), launched 8/25/2015, is a fund-of-funds seeking to invest in Asia Pacific large- and mid-capitalization equities that exhibit relatively low volatility and high dividend yields while reducing the impact of changes between the value of the underlying currencies and the US dollar.  The ETF holds O’Shares FTSE Asia Pacific Quality Dividend ETF (OASI) and then hedges against the currency risk.  The ETF’s expense ratio is 0.68% (OAPH overview).
  23. O’Shares FTSE Europe Quality Dividend Hedged ETF (OEUH), launched 8/25/2015, is a fund-of-funds investing in large- and mid-capitalization equities across the European region that exhibit relatively low volatility and high dividend yields while minimizing the impact value fluctuations between the underlying currencies and US dollar.  The ETF holds O’Shares FTSE Europe Quality Dividend ETF (OEUR) and then hedges against the currency risk.  It sports a 0.68% expense ratio (OEUH overview).
  24. Vanguard Tax-Exempt Bond ETF (VTEB), launched 8/25/2015, offers diversified exposure to the investment-grade US municipal bond market.  Its objective is to provide moderate current income in a long-duration portfolio with high credit quality.  Yield information is not yet provided.  VTEB has an expense ratio of 0.12% (VTEB overview).

Product closures/delistings in August:

  1. AdvisorShares Accuvest Global Long Short (AGLS)
  2. ETFS Physical Asian Gold Shares (AGOL)
  3. iShares FTSE China (FCHI)
  4. iShares MSCI All Country Asia Info Technology (AAIT)
  5. iShares MSCI All Country Asia ex Japan Small-Cap (AXJS)
  6. iShares MSCI Australia Small-Cap (EWAS)
  7. iShares MSCI Canada Small-Cap (EWCS)
  8. iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Growth (EGRW)
  9. iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Value (EVAL)
  10. iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Eastern Europe (ESR)
  11. iShares MSCI Emerging Markets EMEA (EEME)
  12. iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Cons Discretionary (EMDI)
  13. iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Energy Sector (EMEY)
  14. iShares MSCI Hong Kong Small-Cap (EWHS)
  15. iShares MSCI Singapore Small-Cap (EWSS)
  16. iShares Asia Developed Real Estate (IFAS)
  17. iShares North America Real Estate (IFNA)
  18. iShares Financials Bond (MONY)
  19. iShares Industrials Bond (ENGN)
  20. iShares Utilities Bond (AMPS)

Product changes in August:

  1. Goldman Sachs discontinued issuing shares of GS Connect S&P GSCI Enhanced Commodity Total Return Strategy Index ETN (GSC) on June 9.  It is now a broken product without a functioning share creation and redemption process.  Buyers, sellers, and holders beware.
  2. The Forensic Accounting ETF (FLAG) became the WeatherStorm Forensic Accounting Long-Short ETF (FLAG) effective August 7.  The underlying index changed from the long-only Del Vecchio Earnings Quality Index to the WeatherStorm Forensic Accounting Long-Short Index.  The new index is constructed with a 130% long and 30% short (130/30) equity exposure.
  3. Fidelity Investments made changes to its commission-free ETF lineup by adding iShares MSCI All Country World Minimum Volatility (ACWV) and iShares Short Treasury Bond (SHV) effective August 24.  It also removed iShares MSCI Emerging Markets EMEA ETF (EEME) as of August 24 and will remove iShares U.S. Real Estate ETF (IYR) effective October 31.
  4. WisdomTree renamed thirteen of its ETFs effective August 31.  Changes included “Dividend Growth” to “”Quality Dividend Growth”, “DEFA” to “International”, and “Equity Income” to “High Dividend”.

Announced Product Changes for Coming Months:

  1. The iShares iBonds Sep 2015 AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF (IBMD) is scheduled to mature and will cease trading after the market closes on September 1.
  2. The iShares MSCI USA ETF (EUSA), a capitalization-weighted fund, will undergo an extreme makeover on September 1, becoming the iShares MSCI USA Equal Weighted ETF (EUSA).
  3. The iShares Japan large-Cap ETF (ITF), based on the S&P/TOPIX 150 Index, will undergo an extreme makeover on September 4, becoming the iShares JPX-Nikkei 400 ETF (ITF).
  4. Deutsche X-trackers Regulated Utilities (UTLT) and Deutsche X-trackers Solactive Investment Grade Subordinated Debt (SUBD) will close with September 9 being their last day of trading.
  5. State Street will forward split ten of its SPDR industry ETFs effective September 10.
  6. VelocityShares 3x Long Crude Oil ETN (UWTI) will have a 1-for-10 reverse split and VelocityShares 3x Long Natural Gas ETN (UGAZ) will have a 1-for-5 reverse split effective September 10.
  7. ProShares UltraShort Telecommunications (TLL) will close with September 14 being its last day of trading.
  8. Van Eck Global will close its four international quality ETFs with September 18 being the last day of trading for QEM, QDEM, QXUS, and QDXU.  Shareholders that do not sell prior to the delisting will have to wait nearly six weeks (to October 28) to get their money.
  9. PIMCO will close three ETFs with September 23 being the last day of trading.  Affected funds are PIMCO 3-7 Year U.S. Treasury Index ETF (FIVZ), PIMCO 7-15 Year U.S. Treasury Index ETF (TENZ), and the actively managed PIMCO Foreign Currency Strategy Active (FORX).
  10. Direxion will perform reverse splits on six of its leveraged ETFs effective October 1 (originally scheduled for September 10).
  11. Van Eck Global plans to acquire Yorkville MLP ETFs (press release) and hopes to close the transaction in the fourth quarter.

Previous monthly ETF statistics reports are available here.

This article is brought to you courtesy of Ron Rowland from Invest With an Edge.

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