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 70 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Alpha-Seeking ETFs gather total assets under management of $7.27B. The average expense ratio is of 0.85%. Alpha-Seeking ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

  • Equity
  • Fixed Income
  • Commodities

The largest Alpha-Seeking ETF is the First Trust North American Energy Infrastructure Fund EMLP with $2.11B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Alpha-Seeking ETF was the ARKK at 80.76%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Alpha-Seeking space was the FormulaFolios Smart Growth ETF FFSG in 10/31/17.


ARKWARK Web x.0 ETF7.07%
ARKKARK Innovation ETF6.60%
TAXRU.S. Tax Reform Fund5.67%
CWSAdvisorShares Focused Equity ETF5.52%
TTFSAdvisorShares Wilshire Buyback ETF5.51%


HDGEAdvisorShares Ranger Equity Bear ETF-4.52%
FNGAdvisorShares New Tech and Media ETF-4.25%
VESHVirtus Enhanced Short U.S. Equity ETF-2.94%
PSRPowerShares Active US Real Estate Fund-1.35%
RFAPFirst Trust RiverFront Dynamic Asia Pacific-1.12%

top creations

EMLPFirst Trust North American Energy Infrastructure Fund159.51
GDVDPrincipal Active Global Dividend Income ETF75.15
ARKKARK Innovation ETF65.28
ARKWARK Web x.0 ETF62.11
AMZAInfraCap MLP ETF34.35

top redemptions

HDGEAdvisorShares Ranger Equity Bear ETF-6.70
TTFSAdvisorShares Wilshire Buyback ETF-5.07
PHDGPowershares S&P 500 Downside Hedged Portfolio-2.68
WBIGWBI Tactical LCY Shares-2.45
WBIBWBI Tactical SMV Shares-1.25


FNGAdvisorShares New Tech and Media ETF44.47%
TTAITrimTabs All Cap International Free-Cash-Flow ETF36.57%
DWLDDavis Select Worldwide ETF33.64%
AADRAdvisorShares Dorsey Wright ADR ETF30.14%
RFAPFirst Trust RiverFront Dynamic Asia Pacific27.79%


PSRPowerShares Active US Real Estate Fund-13.52%
AMZAInfraCap MLP ETF-6.47%
WBICWBI Tactical SMY Shares-2.28%
TTFSAdvisorShares Wilshire Buyback ETF-1.75%
VESHVirtus Enhanced Short U.S. Equity ETF-1.42%

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