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 216 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Active Management ETFs gather total assets under management of $41.67B. The average expense ratio is 0.74%. Active Management ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

  • Equity
  • Alternatives
  • Fixed Income
  • Asset Allocation
  • Commodities
  • Currency

The largest Active Management ETF is the PIMCO Enhanced Short Maturity Active ETF MINT with $8.46B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Active Management ETF was the ARKW at 83.94%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Active Management space was the Horizons Cadence Hedged U.S. Dividend Yield ETF USDY in 02/14/18.


VMAXREX VolMAXX Long VIX Weekly Futures Strategy ETF100.19%
ARKWARK Web x.0 ETF4.60%
CYBWisdomTree Chinese Yuan Strategy Fund4.50%
HDGEAdvisorShares Ranger Equity Bear ETF4.08%
ARKGARK Genomic Revolution Multi-Sector ETF3.89%


VMINREX VolMAXX Short VIX Weekly Futures Strategy ETF-92.00%
WBIBWBI Tactical SMV Shares-6.81%
SCAPAdvisorShares Cornerstone Small Cap ETF-6.75%
KORAdvisorShares KIM Korea Equity ETF-6.62%
WBICWBI Tactical SMY Shares-6.05%

top creations

MINTPIMCO Enhanced Short Maturity Active ETF170.77
PDBCPowerShares Optimum Yield Diversified Commodity Strategy No K-1 Portfolio153.34
SRLNSPDR Blackstone / GSO Senior Loan ETF132.83
ARKKARK Innovation ETF130.29
FPEFirst Trust Preferred Securities & Income ETF123.97

top redemptions

TOTLSPDR DoubleLine Total Return Tactical ETF-72.69
HOLDAdvisorShares Sage Core Reserves ETF-22.35
FTSMFirst Trust Enhanced Short Maturity ETF-21.02
HDGEAdvisorShares Ranger Equity Bear ETF-13.81
MINCAdvisorShares Newfleet Multi-Sector Income ETF-12.11


DALTAnfield Capital Diversified Alternatives ETF933.20%
FIXDFirst Trust TCW Opportunistic Fixed Income ETF49.17%
FNGAdvisorShares New Tech and Media ETF44.47%
ICSHiShares Ultra Short-Term Bond ETF44.22%
TTAITrimTabs All Cap International Free-Cash-Flow ETF36.57%


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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