Alpha-Seeking ETF Overview

Alpha-seeking ETFs are equity funds attempting to outperform the market with various investment strategies. The ETFs here show a huge range of investment aims, from hedged funds mimicking strategies as the Alphaclone Alternative Alpha ETF (ALFA) to funds following propietary stock picking strategies as the VanEck Vectors Morningstar Wide Moat ETF (MOAT).

With 85 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Alpha-Seeking ETFs gather total assets under management of $9.54B. The average expense ratio is 0.75%. Alpha-Seeking ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

  • Equity

The largest Alpha-Seeking ETF is the First Trust North American Energy Infrastructure Fund EMLP with $2.19B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Alpha-Seeking ETF was the ARKW at 68.82%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Alpha-Seeking space was the LHA Market State U.S. Tactical ETF MSUS in 04/04/18.

TOP ETF PERFORMERS

AMZAInfraCap MLP ETF9.89%
WBICWBI BullBear Yield 2000 ETF5.09%
SYVSPDR MFS Systematic Value Equity ETF4.91%
EMLPFirst Trust North American Energy Infrastructure Fund4.68%
IEFNiShares Evolved U.S. Financials ETF4.16%

BOTTOM ETF PERFORMERS

ARKGARK Genomic Revolution Multi-Sector ETF-5.63%
FNGAdvisorShares New Tech and Media ETF-5.27%
ARKKARK Innovation ETF-4.40%
ARKWARK Web x.0 ETF-4.16%
KORAdvisorShares KIM Korea Equity ETF-3.90%

top creations

RFDIFirst Trust RiverFront Dynamic Developed International103.07
ARKKARK Innovation ETF98.91
ARKWARK Web x.0 ETF88.81
RFFCRiverFront Dynamic U.S. Flex-Cap ETF59.74
RFEMFirst Trust RiverFront Dynamic Emerging Markets ETF48.13

top redemptions

EMLPFirst Trust North American Energy Infrastructure Fund-27.58
CCORCambria Core Equity ETF-26.33
AIEQAI Powered Equity ETF-3.38
FNGAdvisorShares New Tech and Media ETF-3.24
TTFSAdvisorShares Wilshire Buyback ETF-1.79

AUM WINNERS

DINTDavis Select International ETF152.39%
MSUSLHA Market State U.S. Tactical ETF126.08%
VFMFVanguard U.S. Multifactor ETF106.97%
IEHSiShares Evolved U.S. Healthcare Staples ETF39.67%
IEFNiShares Evolved U.S. Financials ETF38.65%

AUM LOSERS

CCORCambria Core Equity ETF-15.66%
ACTAdvisorShares Vice ETF-15.41%
SYGSPDR MFS Systematic Growth Equity ETF-14.11%
PLCYEventShares U.S. Policy Alpha ETF-12.34%
FNGAdvisorShares New Tech and Media ETF-7.54%

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