Daily ETF Watch: Van Eck To Shut 5 Funds

December 08, 2014

Van Eck Global, the asset manager behind the $6 billion Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX | B-70), plans this month to shutter five ETFs that haven’t gathered many assets, a pruning process that analysts view as a healthy aspect of the growing “ETF ecosystem.”

The five funds, which together have about $37 million in assets under management, will leave New York-based Van Eck with a total of 59 Market Vectors ETFs and about $22 billion in exchange-traded fund assets, according to data compiled by ETF.com. The five funds will stop trading after the session on Dec. 12, and will be liquidated on or about Dec. 23, Van Eck said in a press release.

The five ETFs, and their assets under management, are as follows:

The pace of closures this year looks similar to a year ago, with 65 strategies shuttered so far this year—including the five Van Eck funds—compared with 69 closures last year.

So far in 2014, 188 new ETFs have been launched, compared with 162 launches in all of 2013, according to data compiled by ETF.com.

Total assets in more than 1,660 ETFs are now nearly $1.996 trillion—just $4 billion short of the $2 trillion threshold. Assets keep flowing into ETFs, fund launches continue apace and markets keep pushing upward into record territory almost six years after the subprime mortgage crisis cratered markets and brought the global economy to the brink of a full-scale meltdown.

Noteworthy China-Fund Shuttering

Of the five closures Van Eck is planning, perhaps the most noteworthy is the shuttering of CHLC, a China bond fund focused on so-called dim sum bonds issued by entities outside of China but in Chinese currency.

The plan to close CHLC follows by less than a month the launch of the Market Vectors ChinaAMC China Bond ETF (CBON), a fund focused on credits issued in the much larger and more liquid mainland Chinese bond market.

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