Exchange traded funds (ETFs) can be about numbers, so Dan Culloton for Morningstar finds.  I spent a little time with Dan at Morningstar Central in Chicago recently and quickly learned his appreciation for numbers and statistics. Using numbers, he analyzed the ETF world and developed a "statistical potpourri". The numbers he found include:

  • 30% – The percent of domestically listed ETFs launched in the past 6 months.
  • 163 vs. 134 – Number of ETFs launched in the past 6 months vs. number of ETFs launched from 1993 – 2003.
  • 19 of 25 – More than 3/4 of bond ETFs launched this year.
  • 23 of 93 – 93 international ETFs on the market and 23 are diversified across regions, countries and sectors.
  • 0.67% – Average expense ratio of ETFs launched this year, most of them leveraged.
  • 0.45% – Average expense ratio of ETFs launched before December 2006.
  • $84 million – Management fees paid by Barclays’ two largest ETFs in 2006.
  • $284 billion vs. $196 billion – Barclays share of ETF market vs. all other providers.
  • 4 – Number of holdings in the smallest ETF (B2B Internet HOLDRs BHH).
  • 60187 and 60532 – Zip codes near Chicago, which are home to PowerShares, First Trust and Claymore – the 3 most aggressive ETF players.

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