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10 Surprising ETF Facts

Some eyebrow-raising statistics about ETF growth, expenses, portfolios, and managers.

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My colleagues and I parse a lot of numbers while analyzing conventional and exchange-traded funds. Not all of the numbers make it into our published work. In the past we've shared lists of some of the more interesting mutual fund factoids we have run across. What follows is ETF statistical potpourri that will amuse, enlighten, or shock. Some of the numbers speak for themselves, others require a little explanation. Enjoy.

The percentage of all domestically listed ETFs that have been launched in the last six months.

163 vs. 134
The raw number of ETFs launched in the last six months versus the number of ETFs launched in first 10 years (1993 to 2003) of the ETF business' existence.

Dan Culloton does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.