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Anatomy of a Dud ETF

A few simple checks can help investors avoid funds that are destined for the dustbin of history.

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A version of this article was published in the June 2016 issue of Morningstar ETFInvestor. Download a complimentary copy of ETFInvestor here.

In "Ready, Fire, Aim: The ETF Industry Blasts Its Spaghetti Cannon," I warned of the tendency of many participants in the exchange-traded fund marketplace to throw pasta against the wall to see what sticks. In the wake of the recent launch of Janus Health and Fitness ETF FITS, Janus Long-Term Care ETF OLD, Janus Organics ETF ORG, and Janus Obesity ETF SLIM, I'd like to share with you the common characteristics of a dud exchange-traded product.

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