Smart-Beta ETFs ETF Overview

Smart beta has emerged as one of the most exciting and hotly debated investment trends of the past 10 years. Going by many different names (strategic beta, fundamental indexing, factor investing and more), smart beta is a catchall term for rules-based strategies that aim to deliver better risk-adjusted returns than traditional market-cap-weighted indexes. Today there are hundreds of ETFs, and, if you count institutional assets, hundreds of billions of dollars benchmarked against smart-beta indexes.

With 998 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Smart-Beta ETFs ETFs gather total assets under management of $815.93B. The average expense ratio is 0.53%. Smart-Beta ETFs ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

  • Equity
  • Asset Allocation
  • Fixed Income
  • Commodities
  • Alternatives
  • Currency

The largest Smart-Beta ETFs ETF is the iShares Russell 1000 Growth ETF IWF with $41.43B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Smart-Beta ETFs ETF was the WTIU at 150.64%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Smart-Beta ETFs space was the Salt truBeta High Exposure ETF SLT in 05/16/18.


GUSHDirexion Daily S&P Oil & Gas Exp. & Prod. Bull 3X Shares49.01%
GASLDirexion Daily Natural Gas Related Bull 3X Shares28.30%
WTIUUBS ETRACS - ProShares Daily 3x Long Crude ETN25.84%
OILUProShares UltraPro 3x Crude Oil ETF25.57%
DPSTDirexion Daily Regional Banks Bull 3X Shares23.52%


DRIPDirexion Daily S&P Oil & Gas Exp. & Prod. Bear 3X Shares-35.76%
GASXDirexion Daily Natural Gas Related Bear 3x Shares-24.71%
OILDProShares UltraPro 3x Short Crude Oil ETF-23.38%
WTIDUBS ETRACS - ProShares Daily 3x Inverse Crude ETN-22.41%
AGADB Agriculture Double Short ETN-16.94%

top creations

IVEiShares S&P 500 Value ETF841.84
SDYSPDR S&P Dividend ETF791.85
SCHDSchwab U.S. Dividend Equity ETF496.37
IWOiShares Russell 2000 Growth ETF458.91
EELVPowerShares S&P Emerging Markets Low Volatility Portfolio441.02

top redemptions

MTUMiShares Edge MSCI U.S.A. Momentum Factor ETF-521.56
KRESPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF-467.54
IWDiShares Russell 1000 Value ETF-431.71
EEMOPowerShares S&P Emerging Markets Momentum Portfolio-428.95
IVWiShares S&P 500 Growth ETF-321.45


QARPXtrackers Russell 1000 U.S. QARP ETF2,076.65%
HDAWXtrackers MSCI All World ex U.S. High Dividend Yield Equity ETF603.34%
JPNXtrackers Japan JPX-Nikkei 400 Equity ETF524.91%
HDEFXtrackers MSCI EAFE High Dividend Yield Equity ETF404.38%
XWEBSPDR S&P Internet ETF224.81%


RNDVFirst Trust U.S. Equity Dividend Select ETF-66.40%
BSWNVelocityShares VIX Tail Risk ETN-52.12%
SPHBPowerShares S&P 500 High Beta Portfolio-44.35%
LDRIPowerShares LadderRite 0-5 Year Corporate Bond Portfolio-37.10%
LSVXVelocityShares VIX Variable Long/Short ETN-32.36%

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