ETF Launches Taper In February

Is U.S. ETF industry entering new phase of maturity?

Reviewed by: Heather Bell
Edited by: Heather Bell

February saw a total of just 11 ETF launches, the lowest number in a single month since April 2017. A total of 36 ETFs have launched during the first two months of the year. At the same time, a total of 26 ETFs have shut down so far in 2019, with another eight scheduled to close by March 14.

Last year saw a new record for ETF closures, and this year is looking like it could rival that number if the trend continues at its current level. The abrupt slowdown in the pace of launches during February paired with the rapid pace of closures, however, suggests we could be seeing a news stage in the maturity of the ETF market.

Month’s Launches

Yesterday, Fidelity rolled out three ETFs:

The funds joined the eight other ETFs that were rolled out during February:

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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.