ETF Update: A Look Back At December And 8 Funds To Kick Off The New Year

by: SA Editor Carolyn Pairitz


Every week, Seeking Alpha aggregates ETF updates in an effort to alert readers and contributors to changes in the market.

There were 12 launches in the last two weeks and a total of 23 in December.

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Welcome back to the SA ETF Update. My goal is to keep Seeking Alpha readers up to date on the ETF universe and to gain some visibility, both for the ETF community, and for me as its editor (so users know who to approach with issues, article ideas, to become a contributor, etc.)

Every weekend, or every other weekend (depending on the reader response and submission volumes), we will highlight fund launches and closures for the week, as well as any news items that could impact ETF investors.

Recently, Zacks published a piece on the funds that launched in 2015 and gained in assets under management right away. They were the SPDR DoubleLine Total Return Tactical ETF (NYSEARCA:TOTL), the SPDR S&P North American Natural Resources ETF (NYSEARCA:NANR), the iShares Exponential Technologies ETF (NYSEARCA:XT), the Goldman Sachs ActiveBeta Emerging Markets Equity ETF (NYSEARCA:GEM) and the SPDR Russell 1000 Momentum Focus ETF (NYSEARCA:ONEO). While all of these funds saw strong support from investors, none ended the year with positive returns. Overall, markets took a turn for the worse in end of Q3 and beginning of Q4 and had to spend the rest of the year climbing out of that hole (most sectors are still stuck).

There were 23 launches in December and no closures for the month.

December Total Launches

Fund Name


SPDR S&P 500 Fossil Fuel Free ETF SPYX
MomentumShares U.S. Quantitative Momentum ETF QMOM
SPDR Russell 1000 Momentum Focus ETF ONEO
SPDR Russell 1000 Low Volatility Focus ETF ONEV
SPDR Russell 1000 Yield Focus ETF ONEY
Direxion Daily S&P Biotech Bear 1X Shares LABS
Direxion Daily Natural Gas Related Bear 3X Shares GASX
Daily Healthcare Bear 3x Shares SICK
Tierra XP Latin America Real Estate ETF LARE
Elkhorn FTSE RAFI U.S. Equity Income ETF ELKU
iShares FactorSelect MSCI Emerging ETF EMGF
Pacer Trendpilot European Index ETF PTEU
Pacer Autopilot Hedged European Index ETF PAEU
Guggenheim Dow Jones Industrial Average Dividend ETF DJD
SPDR S&P North American Natural Resources ETF NANR
JPMorgan Diversified Return Europe Equity ETF JPEU
WisdomTree Dynamic Long/Short U.S. Equity Fund DYLS
WisdomTree Dynamic Bearish U.S. Equity Fund DYB
MomentumShares International Quantitative Momentum ETF IMOM
Legg Mason Developed ex-US Diversified Core ETF DDBI
Legg Mason Emerging Market Diversified Core ETF EDBI
Legg Mason US Diversified Core ETF UDBI
Legg Mason Low Volatility High Dividend ETF LVHD

Only a couple of these funds ended December with positive returns; it was a hard month to jump into the market. Hopefully, our rocky start to 2016 doesn't set any trends in motion, otherwise these new launches from the last two weeks could have a hard time finding traction.

There were 12 funds launched in the last 2 weeks, including the last 4 funds on the December launch list above. With tons to cover, let's jump right in.

Fund launches for the week of December 28th, 2015

Fund launches for the week of January 4th, 2016

There were no fund closures for the weeks of December 28th, 2015 or January 4th, 2016

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