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January 2009 brought nine new ETFs and two new ETNs. There were no closures during the month. However, Northern Trust announced plans to close all 17 of the NETS brand ETFs in February.

With a net increase of 11, the overall count of U.S. listed ETFs and ETNs climbed to a new high of 856 at the end of January, up from 845 at year-end 2008.

The number of products on Deathwatch increased at an even faster rate, jumping from 135 to 153. The percentage of ETNs on Deathwatch is alarming at 38%. The percentage of ETFs on Deathwatch is slightly more reasonable at 16%

ETF Stats for January 2009

January 2009 Month End ETFs ETNs Total
Currently Listed U.S. 769 87 856
Listed as of 12/31/2008 760 85 845
New Introductions for Month 9 2 11
Delistings/Closures for Month 0 0 0
Net Change for Month 9 2 11
Net Change YTD 9 2 11
On Deathwatch at End of Month 120 33 153
% on Deathwatch 15.6% 37.9% 17.9%

Note: The 17 NETS ETFs are included in month-end listing count, but they are not included in the Deathwatch count since their closure was announced prior to month-end.

The eleven new ETF and ETN introductions in January (alphabetically by name):

  • Claymore/NYSE Arca Airline ETF (NYSEARCA:FAA)
  • Direxion Mid Cap Bear 3x Shares (MWN)
  • Direxion Mid Cap Bull 3x Shares (MWJ)
  • iPath S&P 500 VIX Mid-Term Futures ETN (NYSEARCA:VXZ)
  • iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (NYSEARCA:VXX)
  • iShares S&P/Citigroup 1-3 Year International Treasury Bond Fund (NASDAQ:ISHG)
  • iShares S&P/Citigroup International Treasury Fund (NASDAQ:IGOV)
  • Market Vectors Indonesia Index ETF (NYSEARCA:IDX)
  • RevenueShares Navellier Overall A-100 Fund (NYSEARCA:RWV)
  • SPDR Barclays Capital Mortgage Backed Bond ETF (NYSEARCA:MBG)
  • SPDR Barclays Capital Short Term International Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEARCA:BWZ)

Disclosure: no positions