Active Management ETF Overview

The first actively managed ETF came to market in 2008, but 100+ funds later, active management in ETFs has struggled to get much traction in the equity space. Out of more than $2 trillion in U.S.-listed ETF assets as of 2015, less than 1% was tied to actively managed funds. Income-generating investments, on the other hand, such as the PIMCO Total Return (BOND) that Bill Gross launched in 2012 and had $2.6 billion in assets under management in 2015 or master limited partnerships have shown more success.

With 201 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Active Management ETFs gather total assets under management of $43.53B. The average expense ratio is of 1.2%. Active Management ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

  • Equity
  • Fixed Income
  • Commodities

The largest Active Management ETF is the PIMCO Enhanced Short Maturity Active ETF MINT with $7.83B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Active Management ETF was the VMIN at 179.6%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Active Management space was the First Trust Municipal High Income ETF FMHI in 11/01/17.


OILKProShares K-1 Free Crude Oil Strategy ETF8.35%
ARKWARK Web x.0 ETF5.78%
KORAdvisorShares KIM Korea Equity ETF4.84%
PDBCPowerShares Optimum Yield Diversified Commodity Strategy No K-1 Portfolio4.58%
COMGGraniteShares S&P GSCI Commodity Broad Strategy No K-1 ETF3.71%


AMLXAmplify YieldShares Oil Hedged MLP Income ETF-8.77%
AMZAInfraCap MLP ETF-7.50%
ARKGARK Genomic Revolution Multi-Sector ETF-6.88%
BZFWisdomTree Brazilian Real Strategy Fund-3.20%
FEMBFirst Trust Emerging Markets Local Currency Bond ETF-2.94%

top creations

SRLNSPDR Blackstone / GSO Senior Loan ETF371.76
FPEFirst Trust Preferred Securities & Income ETF216.05
MINTPIMCO Enhanced Short Maturity Active ETF178.08
NEARiShares Short Maturity Bond ETF110.49
EMLPFirst Trust North American Energy Infrastructure Fund91.68

top redemptions

GSYGuggenheim Ultra Short Duration ETF-40.27
ELDWisdomTree Emerging Markets Local Debt Fund-34.83
HOLDAdvisorShares Sage Core Reserves ETF-9.95
CUMBVirtus Cumberland Municipal Bond ETF-6.42
BLHYVirtus Newfleet Dynamic Credit ETF-6.31


DALTAnfield Capital Diversified Alternatives ETF933.20%
FFTYInnovator IBD 50 Fund87.25%
FIXDFirst Trust TCW Opportunistic Fixed Income ETF49.17%
FNGAdvisorShares New Tech and Media ETF44.47%
ICSHiShares Ultra Short-Term Bond ETF44.22%


COMGGraniteShares S&P GSCI Commodity Broad Strategy No K-1 ETF-48.29%
HYGHiShares Interest Rate Hedged High Yield Bond ETF-28.53%
VMINREX VolMAXX Short VIX Weekly Futures Strategy ETF-23.51%
ELDWisdomTree Emerging Markets Local Debt Fund-15.36%
PSRPowerShares Active US Real Estate Fund-13.52%

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