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.

TOP ETF PERFORMERS

VMINREX VolMAXX Short VIX Weekly Futures Strategy ETF21.03%
EXIVVelocityShares 1X Daily Inverse VSTOXX Futures ETN18.95%
SVXYProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures ETF18.52%
XIVVelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short-Term ETN18.40%
XIVHVelocityShares VIX Short Volatility Hedged ETN14.43%

BOTTOM ETF PERFORMERS

TVIXVelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short-Term ETN-30.02%
UVXYProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures ETF-29.89%
EVIXVelocityShares 1X Long VSTOXX Futures ETN-19.77%
VMAXREX VolMAXX Long VIX Weekly Futures Strategy ETF-18.00%
VIIXVelocityShares Daily Long VIX Short-Term ETN-15.94%

AUM WINNERS

IVOPiPath Inverse S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN53.59%
TVIZVelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Medium-Term ETN47.11%
DYLSWisdomTree Dynamic Long/Short U.S. Equity Fund32.85%
MRGRProShares Merger ETF24.93%
FAARFirst Trust Alternative Absolute Return Strategy ETF21.18%

AUM LOSERS

RINFProShares Inflation Expectations ETF-89.09%
XIVVelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short-Term ETN-29.20%
TVIXVelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short-Term ETN-18.97%
EVIXVelocityShares 1X Long VSTOXX Futures ETN-18.88%
VMAXREX VolMAXX Long VIX Weekly Futures Strategy ETF-18.04%

ETF Results:

61 ETFs
As of 10/19/2017
QAIIQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Tracker ETFIndexIQ0.98%$1.09B0.09%Alternatives: Absolute Returns
XIVVelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short-Term ETNCredit Suisse1.35%$1.09B0.04%Inverse Alternatives: Volatility
VXXiPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETNBarclays Capital0.89%$1.08B0.02%Alternatives: Volatility
SVXYProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures ETFProShares1.22%$1.04B0.03%Inverse Alternatives: Volatility
UVXYProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures ETFProShares1.30%$487.25M0.05%Leveraged Alternatives: Volatility
MNAIQ Merger Arbitrage ETFIndexIQ0.77%$298.50M0.14%Alternatives: Absolute Returns
TVIXVelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short-Term ETNCredit Suisse1.65%$254.91M0.08%Leveraged Alternatives: Volatility
ZIVVelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Medium-Term ETNCredit Suisse1.35%$184.98M0.11%Inverse Alternatives: Volatility
VIXYProShares VIX Short-Term Futures ETFProShares0.87%$173.36M0.04%Alternatives: Volatility
WDTIWisdomTree Managed Futures Strategy FundWisdomTree0.65%$164.10M0.22%Alternatives: Absolute Returns
JPHFJPMorgan Diversified Alternatives ETFJPMorgan0.85%$144.93M0.33%Alternatives: Absolute Returns
FTLSFirst Trust Long/Short Equity ETFFirst Trust1.41%$118.40M0.16%Alternatives: Absolute Returns
RLYSPDR SSgA Multi-Asset Real Return ETFState Street Global Advisors0.70%$113.05M0.38%Alternatives: Absolute Returns
HTUSHull Tactical U.S. ETFExchange Traded Concepts0.92%$95.04M0.13%Alternatives: Absolute Returns
DYLSWisdomTree Dynamic Long/Short U.S. Equity FundWisdomTree0.48%$85.46M0.16%Alternatives: Absolute Returns
QXTRQuantX Risk Managed Multi-Asset Total Return ETFNorthern Lights1.51%$68.90M0.31%Alternatives: Absolute Returns
XIVHVelocityShares VIX Short Volatility Hedged ETNUBS2.30%$66.88M0.29%Alternatives: Spreads Long/Short Volatility
DIVYReality Shares DIVS ETFReality Shares0.91%$52.95M0.17%Alternatives: Absolute Returns
GAACambria Global Asset Allocation ETFCambria0.30%$48.63M0.19%Alternatives: Absolute Returns
EXIVVelocityShares 1X Daily Inverse VSTOXX Futures ETNUBS1.35%$43.58M0.31%Inverse Alternatives: Volatility
QAIIQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Tracker ETF0.47%1.11%3.55%2.15%--   10/19/2017
XIVVelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short-Term ETN18.40%19.64%185.52%45.16%--   10/19/2017
VXXiPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN-15.94%-24.85%-73.71%-56.71%--   10/19/2017
SVXYProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures ETF18.52%18.99%40.66%25.55%--   10/19/2017
UVXYProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures ETF-29.89%--   -94.81%-87.83%--   10/19/2017
MNAIQ Merger Arbitrage ETF0.20%0.68%7.11%5.07%--   10/19/2017
TVIXVelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short-Term ETN-30.02%-48.70%-94.80%-88.07%--   10/19/2017
ZIVVelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Medium-Term ETN8.41%9.23%79.69%30.24%--   10/19/2017
VIXYProShares VIX Short-Term Futures ETF-15.94%--   -73.72%-56.74%--   10/19/2017
WDTIWisdomTree Managed Futures Strategy Fund-0.08%-0.15%-8.67%-0.71%--   10/19/2017
JPHFJPMorgan Diversified Alternatives ETF1.10%-0.46%2.82%--   --   10/19/2017
FTLSFirst Trust Long/Short Equity ETF2.77%3.05%16.19%--   --   10/19/2017
RLYSPDR SSgA Multi-Asset Real Return ETF0.40%3.56%6.13%-1.86%--   10/19/2017
HTUSHull Tactical U.S. ETF1.97%2.82%10.14%--   --   10/19/2017
DYLSWisdomTree Dynamic Long/Short U.S. Equity Fund2.70%2.11%14.81%--   --   10/19/2017
QXTRQuantX Risk Managed Multi-Asset Total Return ETF0.37%0.85%--   --   --   10/19/2017
XIVHVelocityShares VIX Short Volatility Hedged ETN14.43%11.92%116.35%--   --   10/19/2017
DIVYReality Shares DIVS ETF1.20%1.59%8.87%--   --   10/19/2017
GAACambria Global Asset Allocation ETF0.40%3.04%11.17%--   --   10/19/2017
EXIVVelocityShares 1X Daily Inverse VSTOXX Futures ETN18.95%34.19%--   --   --   10/19/2017
QAIIQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Tracker ETFIndexIQAlternatives: Absolute ReturnsC709273
XIVVelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short-Term ETNCredit SuisseInverse Alternatives: Volatility--------
VXXiPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETNBarclays CapitalAlternatives: VolatilityB859947
SVXYProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures ETFProSharesInverse Alternatives: Volatility--------
UVXYProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures ETFProSharesLeveraged Alternatives: Volatility--------
MNAIQ Merger Arbitrage ETFIndexIQAlternatives: Absolute ReturnsC719399
TVIXVelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short-Term ETNCredit SuisseLeveraged Alternatives: Volatility--------
ZIVVelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Medium-Term ETNCredit SuisseInverse Alternatives: Volatility--------
VIXYProShares VIX Short-Term Futures ETFProSharesAlternatives: VolatilityB839847
WDTIWisdomTree Managed Futures Strategy FundWisdomTreeAlternatives: Absolute ReturnsC778073
JPHFJPMorgan Diversified Alternatives ETFJPMorganAlternatives: Absolute ReturnsF72----
FTLSFirst Trust Long/Short Equity ETFFirst TrustAlternatives: Absolute ReturnsD6873--
RLYSPDR SSgA Multi-Asset Real Return ETFState Street Global AdvisorsAlternatives: Absolute ReturnsC825929
HTUSHull Tactical U.S. ETFExchange Traded ConceptsAlternatives: Absolute ReturnsC7765--
DYLSWisdomTree Dynamic Long/Short U.S. Equity FundWisdomTreeAlternatives: Absolute ReturnsB8275--
QXTRQuantX Risk Managed Multi-Asset Total Return ETFNorthern LightsAlternatives: Absolute ReturnsF3153--
XIVHVelocityShares VIX Short Volatility Hedged ETNUBSAlternatives: Spreads Long/Short Volatility--------
DIVYReality Shares DIVS ETFReality SharesAlternatives: Absolute Returns--------
GAACambria Global Asset Allocation ETFCambriaAlternatives: Absolute ReturnsD7446--
EXIVVelocityShares 1X Daily Inverse VSTOXX Futures ETNUBSInverse Alternatives: Volatility--------
QAIIQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Tracker ETF0.00%---- ------
XIVVelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short-Term ETN------ ------
VXXiPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN------ ------
SVXYProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures ETF------ ------
UVXYProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures ETF------ ------
MNAIQ Merger Arbitrage ETF0.20%---- ------
TVIXVelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short-Term ETN------ ------
ZIVVelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Medium-Term ETN------ ------
VIXYProShares VIX Short-Term Futures ETF------ ------
WDTIWisdomTree Managed Futures Strategy Fund------ ------
JPHFJPMorgan Diversified Alternatives ETF0.84%---- ------
FTLSFirst Trust Long/Short Equity ETF0.76%---- ------
RLYSPDR SSgA Multi-Asset Real Return ETF1.99%---- ------
HTUSHull Tactical U.S. ETF3.64%---- ------
DYLSWisdomTree Dynamic Long/Short U.S. Equity Fund1.77%---- ------
QXTRQuantX Risk Managed Multi-Asset Total Return ETF------ ------
XIVHVelocityShares VIX Short Volatility Hedged ETN------ ------
DIVYReality Shares DIVS ETF------ ------
GAACambria Global Asset Allocation ETF2.92%---- ------
EXIVVelocityShares 1X Daily Inverse VSTOXX Futures ETN------ ------
QAIIQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Tracker ETF
XIVVelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short-Term ETN
VXXiPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN
SVXYProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures ETF
UVXYProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures ETF
MNAIQ Merger Arbitrage ETF
TVIXVelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short-Term ETN
ZIVVelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Medium-Term ETN
VIXYProShares VIX Short-Term Futures ETF
WDTIWisdomTree Managed Futures Strategy Fund
JPHFJPMorgan Diversified Alternatives ETF
FTLSFirst Trust Long/Short Equity ETF
RLYSPDR SSgA Multi-Asset Real Return ETF
HTUSHull Tactical U.S. ETF
DYLSWisdomTree Dynamic Long/Short U.S. Equity Fund
QXTRQuantX Risk Managed Multi-Asset Total Return ETF
XIVHVelocityShares VIX Short Volatility Hedged ETN
DIVYReality Shares DIVS ETF
GAACambria Global Asset Allocation ETF
EXIVVelocityShares 1X Daily Inverse VSTOXX Futures ETN
IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Tracker ETFQAIAlternativesMulti-factorGlobalGlobalAbsolute ReturnsGlobal MacroHedge Fund ReplicationNoNoNoIQ Hedge Multi-Strategy IndexIndexIQMulti-FactorMulti-FactorNo
VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short-Term ETNXIVAlternativesVanillaNorth AmericaU.S.Tactical ToolsVolatilityS&P 500 Short-TermYesNoNoS&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Index ERS&PSingle AssetSingle AssetNo
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETNVXXAlternativesVanillaNorth AmericaU.S.Tactical ToolsVolatilityS&P 500 Short-TermNoNoNoS&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures IndexS&PSingle AssetSingle AssetNo
ProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures ETFSVXYAlternativesVanillaNorth AmericaU.S.Tactical ToolsVolatilityS&P 500 Short-TermYesNoNoS&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Index ERS&PSingle AssetSingle AssetNo
ProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures ETFUVXYAlternativesVanillaNorth AmericaU.S.Tactical ToolsVolatilityS&P 500 Short-TermNoYesNoS&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Index ERS&PSingle AssetSingle AssetNo
IQ Merger Arbitrage ETFMNAAlternativesMulti-factorGlobalGlobalAbsolute ReturnsLong/ShortMerger ArbitrageNoNoNoIQ Merger Arbitrage IndexIndexIQMulti-FactorMulti-FactorNo
VelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short-Term ETNTVIXAlternativesVanillaNorth AmericaU.S.Tactical ToolsVolatilityS&P 500 Short-TermNoYesNoS&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Index ERS&PSingle AssetSingle AssetNo
VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Medium-Term ETNZIVAlternativesVanillaNorth AmericaU.S.Tactical ToolsVolatilityS&P 500 Mid-TermYesNoNoS&P 500 VIX Mid-Term Futures Index ERS&PSingle AssetSingle AssetNo
ProShares VIX Short-Term Futures ETFVIXYAlternativesVanillaNorth AmericaU.S.Tactical ToolsVolatilityS&P 500 Short-TermNoNoNoS&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures IndexS&PSingle AssetSingle AssetNo
WisdomTree Managed Futures Strategy FundWDTIAlternativesTechnicalGlobalGlobalAbsolute ReturnsLong/ShortLong/Short Broad-basedNoNoNoNo Underlying IndexNo Underlying IndexVolatilityMomentumYes
JPMorgan Diversified Alternatives ETFJPHFAlternativesActiveGlobalGlobalAbsolute ReturnsGlobal MacroTactical Asset AllocationNoNoNoNo Underlying IndexNo Underlying IndexProprietaryProprietaryYes
First Trust Long/Short Equity ETFFTLSAlternativesActiveGlobalGlobalAbsolute ReturnsLong/ShortLong/Short EquityNoNoNoNo Underlying IndexNo Underlying IndexProprietaryProprietaryYes
SPDR SSgA Multi-Asset Real Return ETFRLYAlternativesActiveGlobalGlobalAbsolute ReturnsGlobal MacroInflationNoNoNoNo Underlying IndexNo Underlying IndexProprietaryProprietaryYes
Hull Tactical U.S. ETFHTUSAlternativesActiveNorth AmericaU.S.Absolute ReturnsGlobal MacroTactical Asset AllocationNoNoNoNo Underlying IndexNo Underlying IndexProprietaryProprietaryYes
WisdomTree Dynamic Long/Short U.S. Equity FundDYLSAlternativesFundamentalNorth AmericaU.S.Absolute ReturnsLong/ShortLong/Short EquityNoNoNoWisdomTree Dynamic Long/Short U.S. Equity IndexWisdomTreeFixedFundamentalNo
QuantX Risk Managed Multi-Asset Total Return ETFQXTRAlternativesTechnicalGlobalGlobalAbsolute ReturnsGlobal MacroTactical Asset AllocationNoNoNoQuantX Risk Managed Multi-Asset Total Return IndexBlue Sky Asset ManagementTechnicalProprietaryNo
VelocityShares VIX Short Volatility Hedged ETNXIVHAlternativesTarget TenorNorth AmericaU.S.Tactical ToolsSpreadsLong/Short VolatilityNoNoYesS&P 500 VIX Futures Short Volatility Hedged Index TR - Short TermS&PFixedFixedNo
Reality Shares DIVS ETFDIVYAlternativesEqualGlobalGlobalAbsolute ReturnsLong/ShortLong/Short EquityNoNoNoNo Underlying IndexNo Underlying IndexFixedEqualYes
Cambria Global Asset Allocation ETFGAAAlternativesMulti-factorGlobalGlobalAbsolute ReturnsGlobal MacroTactical Asset AllocationNoNoNoCambria Global Asset Allocation IndexCambriaProprietaryProprietaryNo
VelocityShares 1X Daily Inverse VSTOXX Futures ETNEXIVAlternativesVanillaEuropeDeveloped EuropeTactical ToolsVolatilityEuro STOXX 50 Short-TermYesNoYesVSTOXX Short-Term Futures Inverse Investable IndexSTOXXSingle AssetSingle AssetNo
QAIIQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Tracker ETFOpen-Ended Fund20.0039.601099
XIVVelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short-Term ETNExchange-Traded Note20.0039.601099
VXXiPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETNExchange-Traded Note20.0039.601099
SVXYProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures ETFCommodities Pool27.8427.84K-1
UVXYProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures ETFCommodities Pool27.8427.84K-1
MNAIQ Merger Arbitrage ETFOpen-Ended Fund20.0039.601099
TVIXVelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short-Term ETNExchange-Traded Note20.0039.601099
ZIVVelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Medium-Term ETNExchange-Traded Note20.0039.601099
VIXYProShares VIX Short-Term Futures ETFCommodities Pool27.8427.84K-1
WDTIWisdomTree Managed Futures Strategy FundOpen-Ended Fund20.0039.601099
JPHFJPMorgan Diversified Alternatives ETFOpen-Ended Fund20.0039.601099
FTLSFirst Trust Long/Short Equity ETFOpen-Ended Fund20.0039.601099
RLYSPDR SSgA Multi-Asset Real Return ETFOpen-Ended Fund20.0039.601099
HTUSHull Tactical U.S. ETFOpen-Ended Fund20.0039.601099
DYLSWisdomTree Dynamic Long/Short U.S. Equity FundOpen-Ended Fund20.0039.601099
QXTRQuantX Risk Managed Multi-Asset Total Return ETFOpen-Ended Fund20.0039.601099
XIVHVelocityShares VIX Short Volatility Hedged ETNExchange-Traded Note20.0039.601099
DIVYReality Shares DIVS ETFOpen-Ended Fund20.0039.601099
GAACambria Global Asset Allocation ETFOpen-Ended Fund20.0039.601099
EXIVVelocityShares 1X Daily Inverse VSTOXX Futures ETNExchange-Traded Note20.0039.601099
QAIIQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Tracker ETF------------
XIVVelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short-Term ETN------------
VXXiPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN------------
SVXYProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures ETF------------
UVXYProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures ETF------------
MNAIQ Merger Arbitrage ETF3.86 / 10--6.52110.500.37%7.41%
TVIXVelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short-Term ETN------------
ZIVVelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Medium-Term ETN------------
VIXYProShares VIX Short-Term Futures ETF------------
WDTIWisdomTree Managed Futures Strategy Fund------------
JPHFJPMorgan Diversified Alternatives ETF------------
FTLSFirst Trust Long/Short Equity ETF4.91 / 1048.2831.7689.553.75%9.43%
RLYSPDR SSgA Multi-Asset Real Return ETF------------
HTUSHull Tactical U.S. ETF------------
DYLSWisdomTree Dynamic Long/Short U.S. Equity Fund4.77 / 1027.5927.43228.537.53%6.77%
QXTRQuantX Risk Managed Multi-Asset Total Return ETF------------
XIVHVelocityShares VIX Short Volatility Hedged ETN------------
DIVYReality Shares DIVS ETF------------
GAACambria Global Asset Allocation ETF------------
EXIVVelocityShares 1X Daily Inverse VSTOXX Futures ETN------------

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