In today's WSJ FundTrack
Diya Gullapalli places the blame for the failure of many ETFs and the shops that run them, to get off the ground on the wild stock market. Though seemingly, the main issue that ETF shops have struggled with this year is scale. With rock bottom management fees, and a market where as of August 2007 79 percent of assets were with the top two players in the game, Barclays Global Investors and State Street Global Advisors, smaller ETF shops are struggling to make a profit, regardless of what the market is doing. Gullapalli also mentions that some ETF companies may be pinning their hopes on the new actively managed ETFs as saviors from the oversaturated ETF market. While many people in the ETF industry are excited about the opportunities these new products will bring they will in no way be replacing the traditional ETF offerings.
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