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 64 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Alternative ETFs ETFs gather total assets under management of $7.55B. The average expense ratio is of 1.17%. Alternative ETFs ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

  • Equity
  • Fixed Income
  • Commodities

The largest Alternative ETFs ETF is the VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short-Term ETN XIV with $1.25B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Alternative ETFs ETF was the VMIN at 189.39%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Alternative ETFs space was the JPMorgan Managed Futures Strategy ETF JPMF in 12/05/17.

TOP ETF PERFORMERS

XIVVelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short-Term ETN9.70%
SVXYProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures ETF9.26%
VMINREX VolMAXX Short VIX Weekly Futures Strategy ETF6.45%
XIVHVelocityShares VIX Short Volatility Hedged ETN6.31%
EXIVVelocityShares 1X Daily Inverse VSTOXX Futures ETN4.32%

BOTTOM ETF PERFORMERS

UVXYProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures ETF-19.44%
TVIXVelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short-Term ETN-19.27%
VMAXREX VolMAXX Long VIX Weekly Futures Strategy ETF-9.79%
VIXYProShares VIX Short-Term Futures ETF-9.55%
VXXiPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN-9.54%

top creations

VXXiPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN180.00
UVXYProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures ETF141.27
TVIXVelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short-Term ETN46.86
MNAIQ Merger Arbitrage ETF26.10
XIVVelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short-Term ETN24.09

top redemptions

SVXYProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures ETF-86.23
VIXYProShares VIX Short-Term Futures ETF-5.43
VIXMProShares VIX Mid-Term Futures ETF-3.45
RLYSPDR SSgA Multi-Asset Real Return ETF-2.57
FAARFirst Trust Alternative Absolute Return Strategy ETF-1.47

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%

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