The Most Successful ETFs This Year

May 21, 2008

How many of the new funds will stick? Let's look at recent history.

Fifty new ETFs launched from December 28, 2007, through May 16, 2008. Of those, I would count three as major successes, which I define as having more than $100 million in assets under management:

  • WisdomTree India Earnings ETF (EPI)
  • Market Vectors - Coal ETF (KOL)
  • Claymore/MAC Global Solar Energy ETF (TAN).

Those funds have $267 million, $237 million and $116 million in assets, respectively.

Knocking on the door of the $100 million figure are the SPDR DB International Government Inflation-Protected Bond ETF (WIP) and PowerShares Preferred Portfolio (PGX), which have $96 million and $90 million, respectively.

The full list is available here. All numbers are through May 16, 2008.

ETFs Launched Since January 1, 2008 - Sorted By Assets

Fund

Company

Ticker

Assets ($)

WisdomTree India Earnings Fund

WisdomTree

EPI

266,988,000

Market Vectors - Coal ETF

Van Eck

KOL

236,882,500

Claymore/MAC Global Solar Energy Index ETF

Claymore

TAN

116,524,800

SPDR DB International Government Inflation-Protected Bond ETF

SSgA

WIP

95,904,000

PowerShares Preferred Portfolio

PowerShares

PGX

89,958,000

Bear Stearns Current Yield Fund

Bear Stearns

YYY

50,215,000

iShares MSCI Turkey Investable Market Index Fund

BGI

TUR

43,464,000

PowerShares India Portfolio Fund Exchange Traded Fund

PowerShares

PIN

42,770,400

GreenHaven Continuous Commodity Index Fund

GreenHaven

GCC

32,167,000

iShares MSCI Thailand Investable Market Index Fund

BGI

THD

30,666,000

SPDR S&P International Dividend ETF

SSgA

DWX

29,832,000

PowerShares Global Nuclear Energy Portfolio ETF

PowerShares

PKN

24,642,000

Market Vectors - Lehman Brothers AMT-Free Long Municipal Index ETF

Van Eck

MLN

24,315,000

ProShares UltraShort Lehman 20+ Year Treasury

ProShares

TBT

20,997,000

RevenueShares Large Cap Fund ETF

RevenueShares

RWL

20,936,575

WisdomTree Dreyfus Euro Fund

WisdomTree

EU

20,064,000

United States Gasoline Fund, LP

Victoria Bay

UGA

17,598,000

NETS TM TOPIX® Index Fund (Japan)

NETS

TYI

16,140,000

ProShares UltraShort Lehman 7-10 Year Treasury

ProShares

PST

15,770,250

ProShares Ultra Telecommunications

ProShares

LTL

13,266,000

Market Vectors-Solar Energy ETF

Van Eck

KWT

12,921,000

Claymore/AlphaShares China Small Cap Index ETF

Claymore

HAO

11,822,400

United States Heating Oil Fund, LP

Victoria Bay

UHN

11,796,000

Claymore US-1 - The Capital Markets Index ETF

Claymore

UEM

10,330,000

WisdomTree Dreyfus Brazilian Real Fund

WisdomTree

BZF

10,100,000

WisdomTree Dreyfus Chinese Yuan Fund

WisdomTree

CYB

9,980,000

WisdomTree Dreyfus Indian Rupee Fund

WisdomTree

ICN

9,896,000

iShares MSCI Israel

BGI

EIS

8,211,000

ProShares UltraShort Telecommunications

ProShares

TLL

8,125,500

SPDR S&P International Mid Cap ETF

SSgA

MDD

7,150,000

RevenueShares Mid Cap Fund ETF

RevenueShares

RWK

5,465,996

SPDR S&P Emerging Markets Small Cap ETF

SSgA

EWX

5,307,000

RevenueShares Small Cap Fund ETF

RevenueShares

RWJ

5,166,917

NETS DAX Index Fund

NETS

DAX

5,154,000

SPDR DJ Wilshire Global Real Estate ETF

SSgA

RWO

5,064,000

Cohen & Steers Global Realty Majors ETF

ALPS ETF

GRI

5,008,200

Claymore U.S. Capital Markets Micro-Term Fixed Income ETF

Claymore

ULQ

5,007,000

Market Vectors-Lehman Brothers AMT-Free Short Municipal Index ETF

Van Eck

SMB

4,955,000

Claymore U.S. Capital Markets Bond ETF

Claymore

UBD

4,954,000

Market Vectors - Gaming ETF

Van Eck

BJK

3,904,000

PowerShares- Active Alpha Q Fund

PowerShares

PQY

2,804,770

PowerShares- Active Alpha Multi-Cap Fund

PowerShares

PQZ

2,750,230

PowerShares- Active Mega-Cap Portfolio

PowerShares

PMA

2,678,520

NETS S&P/ASX 200 Index Fund

NETS

AUS

2,674,000

CAC 40® Index Fund (France)

NETS

FRC

2,601,000

NETSTM Hang Seng Index Fund (Hong Kong)

NETS

HKG

2,597,000

NETS FTSE 100 Index Fund

NETS

LDN

2,575,000

NETS FTSE/JSE Top 40 Index Fund

NETS

JNB

2,531,000

NETS S&P/MIB Index Fund

NETS

ITL

2,490,000

PowerShares- Active Low Duration Portfolio

PowerShares

PLK

2,488,640

NETS FTSE Singapore Straits Times Index Fund

NETS

SGT

2,466,000

Source: American Stock Exchange

 

 

 


Company-By-Company Basis

Another interesting way to look at this data is to sort things by company. So far this year, WisdomTree's new ETFs have attracted the most assets ($317 million), which explains some of that company's success in boosting total assets under management from $4 billion to $5 billion.

Van Eck takes a strong second place with $283 million, followed by PowerShares at $168 million, Claymore at $148 million and SSgA at $143 million.

Here's the full table, sorted by assets.

ETFs Launched Since January 1, 2008

Company

Funds

Assets ($)

WisdomTree

5

317,028,000

Van Eck

5

282,977,500

PowerShares

7

168,092,560

Claymore

5

148,638,200

SSgA

5

143,257,000

BGI

3

82,341,000

ProShares

4

58,158,750

Bear Stearns

1

50,215,000

Northern Trust

9

39,228,000

GreenHaven

1

32,167,000

RevenueShares

3

31,569,488

Victoria Bay

2

29,394,000

ALPS

1

5,008,200

Source: American Stock Exchange

Tomorrow, I'll look at fund flows and asset growth by fund family for all ETFs.

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