ETF & ETN Closures Spike In This Turmoil

ETF & ETN Closures Spike In This Turmoil

The shutdowns involve both ETFs and ETNs.

Reviewed by: Heather Bell
Edited by: Heather Bell

Since the market meltdown started ramping up in late February, launches have virtually dried up, the most recent ones occurring on March 2. However, closures have taken off. In particular, a slew of exchange-traded notes are being taken off the market, either via closure or delisting. Below is a timeline of related developments:  

On March 6, the iPath US Treasury Long Bond Bear ETN (DLBS) began the delisting process. It is now only available for over-the-counter trading.

On March 12, Janus Henderson shut down its Organics ETF (ORG) and Obesity ETF (SLIM), after launching them in 2016. The ETFs had been around for four years and never gathered any significant assets.

Meanwhile, at around the same time, Credit Suisse annnouned that it would call the Credit Suisse X-Links Monthly Pay 2xLeveraged Alerian MLP Index ETN (AMJL) on March 18 after stopping creations on March 9. The ETN’s price had been in a drawn-out decline for years, but began to fall sharply after Feb. 20.

On March 13, three ETNs issued by UBS underwent mandatory redemptions after all three experienced sharp declines that drove them below their minimum required indicative values: The ETRACS Monthly Reset 2xLeveraged ISE Exclusively Homebuilders ETN (HOML), ETRACS 2xMonthly Leveraged S&P MLP Index ETN Series B (MLPZ) and ETRACS Monthly Pay 2xLeveraged U.S. Small Cap High Dividend ETN (SMHD).

March 16 saw the shutdown of the Franklin Liberty International Opportunities ETF (FLIO), which launched in 2017 and had a little more than $1 million in assets under management.

On March 17, another round of mandatory redemptions was announced for six more UBS ETNs, all of them leveraged. They included the following:

Those were followed on March 18 by the announcement that there would be a mandatory redemption for the ETRACS Monthly Pay 2xLeveraged Diversified High Income ETN (DVHL).

But leveraged and inverse ETFs were also affected. ProShares announced that six of its triple exposure ETFs would shut down as of March 27. The affected funds scheduled to shut down include the following:

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Heather Bell is a former managing editor of She has also held editorial positions at Dow Jones Indexes and Lehman Brothers. Bell is a graduate of Dartmouth college and resides in the Denver area with her two dogs.