Alternative ETFs ETF Overview

What are alternatives ETFs? Hedge funds, commodities, options strategies, private equity—anything that doesn't fit cleanly into the equity or fixed-income buckets has been termed 'alternative' at one point or another. Perhaps the most defining characteristic for alternative investments was that if you were not a 'qualified investor,' most investors couldn't buy them. Today, however, financial innovation has made many of these complex strategies available to a broader audience through ETFs.

With 66 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Alternative ETFs ETFs gather total assets under management of $5.90B. The average expense ratio is 1.15%. Alternative ETFs ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

  • Alternatives

The largest Alternative ETFs ETF is the IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Tracker ETF QAI with $1.14B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Alternative ETFs ETF was the ZIV at 21.87%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Alternative ETFs space was the JPMorgan Long/Short ETF JPLS in 01/23/18.

TOP ETF PERFORMERS

VMAXREX VolMAXX Long VIX Weekly Futures Strategy ETF102.60%
UVXYProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures ETF93.36%
TVIXVelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short-Term ETN72.60%
VIIXVelocityShares Daily Long VIX Short-Term ETN65.93%
VIXYProShares VIX Short-Term Futures ETF65.63%

BOTTOM ETF PERFORMERS

VMINREX VolMAXX Short VIX Weekly Futures Strategy ETF-91.84%
SVXYProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures ETF-90.92%
XIVHVelocityShares VIX Short Volatility Hedged ETN-83.32%
LSVXVelocityShares VIX Variable Long/Short ETN-55.81%
EXIVVelocityShares 1X Daily Inverse VSTOXX Futures ETN-42.37%

top creations

SVXYProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures ETF1,015.66
TVIXVelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short-Term ETN40.86
MNAIQ Merger Arbitrage ETF34.59
JPHFJPMorgan Diversified Alternatives ETF17.12
DYLSWisdomTree Dynamic Long/Short U.S. Equity Fund15.06

top redemptions

UVXYProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures ETF-88.06
QAIIQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Tracker ETF-27.88
DIVAAGFiQ Hedged Dividend Income Fund-7.39
QXTRQuantX Risk Managed Multi-Asset Total Return ETF-6.58
EXIVVelocityShares 1X Daily Inverse VSTOXX Futures ETN-6.44

AUM WINNERS

DALTAnfield Capital Diversified Alternatives ETF933.20%
TVIZVelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Medium-Term ETN144.38%
DYLSWisdomTree Dynamic Long/Short U.S. Equity Fund35.20%
FAARFirst Trust Alternative Absolute Return Strategy ETF21.80%
XIVHVelocityShares VIX Short Volatility Hedged ETN11.30%

AUM LOSERS

RINFProShares Inflation Expectations ETF-72.71%
VMINREX VolMAXX Short VIX Weekly Futures Strategy ETF-23.51%
UVXYProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures ETF-20.31%
DBVPowerShares DB G10 Currency Harvest Fund-12.31%
EVIXVelocityShares 1X Long VSTOXX Futures ETN-11.01%

Alternative ETFs University

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Features and News

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