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My favorite ETF reads over the past week, along with my ETF tweet and chart of the week!


Single-Stock ETFs: Jack Bogle’s Worst Nightmare? by Ruth Saldanha

“As an average investor, don’t touch these things with a 10-foot pole.”


ETF Filings Target Single Foreign Securities by Heather Bell

“The issuer may be trying to provide an alternative that improves price discovery during US trading hours or lowers the cost to investors.”


‘Anti-woke’ and sin ETFs could get caught up in SEC rules scrutiny by David Isenberg

“The rule is really about, does the name and the prospectus reflect the holdings?”


‘Unfortunately, ESG has become weaponized by liberal activists to push forward their harmful, social-Marxist agenda,’ CEO Robert Netzly wrote in a blog post. by Andrew Foerch

“We hereby renounce ESG.”


How to Avoid the Capital Gains Mutual Funds Distribute Even in Down Markets by Matt Bartolini

“It could get worse for mutual fund investors this fall when mutual funds begin releasing information on capital gains dividends.”


Cathie Wood’s ARKK Sees Biggest Monthly Outflow in Nearly a Year by Elaine Chen

“Wood and her team have kept to their theme of disruptive technology while managing ARKK.”


ETF Tweet of the Week:  When an ETF filing appears on the radar of Barstool Sports Founder Dave Portnoy, you know things are getting wacky.  REX Shares filed for 10 single stock ETFs last week, each offering inverse exposure to either a “meme” stock or another popular retail name.  These add to a rapidly-growing list of single stock ETF filings, including 65(!) by Tema yesterday.  Bloomberg’s Eric Balchunas notes there are now some 200 single stock ETFs currently in SEC registration and another 20 products already out in the wild.


ETF Chart of the Week:  Morningstar’s Ben Johnson shows that nearly 260 ETFs have launched this year, more than twice the number of new mutual funds.  The first chart below shows the number of ETF and mutual fund launches by year.  The second chart highlights the ETF/mutual fund launch ratio, which will likely continue spiking – especially with the proliferation of single stock ETFs.

Source:  Morningstar’s Ben Johnson


Last Week’s ETF Buzz