It's been a bustling summer for new ETF
launches. Before we focus on new products to hit the market,
let's take a quick gander at the overall
Actively Managed ETFs
At the end of June, there was a total of 1,274 U.S. listed ETFs
with $1.4 trillion invested by 39 different fund managers. Compared
to the end of 2012, total ETF assets have grown by $100
Since 2011, the assets in actively managed ETFs that attempt to
beat benchmark indexes have more than doubled from a starting point
of $6 billion. At the end of June, there was a total of $14.2
billion invested in 61 active funds according to
. The active ETF marketplace is dominated by global bonds, which
have 32.65% of the assets.
ALPS International Sector Dividend Dogs ETF
This new international stock fund applies the 'Dogs of the Dow
Theory' on a sector-by-sector basis using the World Bank High
Income Country Index as its starting universe. IDOG then applies a
screen by selecting the five highest yielding stocks in 10
different sectors and equally weighting them. The fund isolates the
S-Net International Developed Markets Index (ex-Americas)
constituents with the highest dividend yield in their respective
IDOG's dividends are scheduled for quarterly payouts and the
fund charges 0.50% annually.
Barron's 400SM ETF (NYSEARCA:BFOR)
This ETF follows a stock strategy index co-developed by financial
magazine Barron's and MarketGrader.com.
A group of 400 stocks are selected based upon their fundamental
strength, as measured by 24 fundamental indicators across growth,
value, profitability and cash flow metrics. Among the other
requirements for index inclusion are that companies must have a
minimum float adjusted market cap of $250 million and at least 25%
of the index must have a total market cap of at least $3 billion in
All 400 components in the underlying index are equally weighted
at each semi-annual rebalance, which prevents a small minority of
companies from steering the entire index, giving smaller issues
equal opportunity to contribute to overall performance.
BFOR charges annual expenses of 0.65%.
Direxion Daily Japan Bull 3x Shares ETF (NYSEARCA:JPNL)
Daily Japan Bear 3x Shares ETF (NYSEARCA:JPNS)
This pair of Direxion ETFs are linked to the MSCI Japan Index and
offer 300% daily inverse or opposite (
) and 300% daily leveraged (
) exposure to the Japanese stocks. Both funds charge 0.95%
The iShares MSCI Japan ETF (NYSEARCA:EWJ) tumbled 13.5% from May 21
to June 5, but has bounced back 8.8%. Year-to-date, EWJ has gained
iShares MSCI Colombia Capped ETF (NYSEARCA:ICOL)
ICOL tracks a basket of Colombian stocks held inside the MSCI All
Colombia Capped Index. The topthree industry sectors within the
fund are financials (33%), energy (32%), and utilities (15%). ICOL
currently holds 24 stocks and charges 0.61% annually.
Latin American stocks (NYSEARCA:ILF) are in a bear market and have
sagged 21% year-to-date.
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