Hedge funds are private pools of capital organized in a limited partnership. They are associated with high risk and sophisticated strategies to realize large gains.
The most common hedge fund category is absolute-returns funds. These funds aim to reach a predetermined rate of return regardless of the market environment. Their role is not to replace equity exposure but to improve the risk/return profile of a portfolio.
Recently, several ETFs have started to mimic these hedge fund strategies. Hedge fund ETFs include funds in the following categories:
- Broad-Based Hedge Fund Replication
- Long/Short ETFs
- Managed Futures ETFs
- Merger Abitrage ETFs
- Real Return Funds
With 39 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Hedge Funds ETFs gather total assets under management of $3.24B. The average expense ratio is 1.02%. Hedge Funds ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:
The largest Hedge Funds ETF is the IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Tracker ETF QAI with $1.16B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Hedge Funds ETF was the DYLS at 14.64%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Hedge Funds space was the VanEck Vectors Real Asset Allocation ETF RAAX in 04/09/18.