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

 

Vanguard snaps at BlackRock’s heels in US exchange traded funds by Brooke Masters and Chris Flood

“While BlackRock’s US ETFs still have 20 per cent more assets than Vanguard’s, they were 50 per cent larger in 2019.”

 

ESG Is Not the Dark Lord We Do Not Speak Of by Todd Rosenbluth

“Because of all of the attention ESG gets, it might be surprising the category represents just over $100 billion in assets or approximately 1.5% of the U.S. ETF asset base.”

 

How Traders Can Use Single-Bond ETFs To Maximum Effect — and Provide a Lifeline to Liquidity-Starved Treasury Markets by Jason Dibble

“Their potentially wide-ranging appeal to diverse investor audiences herald the future development of an investing ecosystem around single-bond Treasury ETFs.”

 

Fitch expects U.S. insurers will continue to boost holdings of fixed-income ETFs by Kathie O’Donnell

“The agency has seen an overall trend in the market of increased exposure to fixed-income ETFs.”

 

VanEck’s ETF Head Says There’s No Excuse For Missing Key Themes by Marie Beerens

“The passing of the ‘ETF Rule’ and the subsequent synchronization of ETF listing standards have led to the launch of ETFs that provide exposure to strategies or asset classes that weren’t possible before.”

 

Single-Stock Fund Frenzy Sends ETF Issuance to Fastest Pace Ever by Elaine Chen

“In the first eight months of this year, 273 funds have debuted, exceeding the number of launches during the same period in previous years.”

 

ETF Tweet of the Week:  As highlighted in the last article above, ETF launches are on pace for a new record this year.  While single stock ETFs are certainly driving up the count, there is no shortage of other innovative products coming to market.  This past Thursday alone, a diverse mix of 13 new ETFs debuted.

 

ETF Chart of the Week:  Bloomberg’s Eric Balchunas notes the top 10 most heavily-traded ETFs account for nearly 50% of all ETF trading volume.  Interestingly, this lofty number is actually down from the 64% level hit over 10 years ago.  The reason?  The continued proliferation of ETFs, including cheaper “clone” ETFs (i.e. IEMG as a substitute for EEM).

Source:  Bloomberg’s Athanasios Psarofagis

 

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