Active Management ETF Overview

The first actively managed ETF came to market in 2008, but 100+ funds later, active management in ETFs has struggled to get much traction in the equity space. Out of more than $2 trillion in U.S.-listed ETF assets as of 2015, less than 1% was tied to actively managed funds. Income-generating investments, on the other hand, such as the PIMCO Total Return (BOND) that Bill Gross launched in 2012 and had $2.6 billion in assets under management in 2015 or master limited partnerships have shown more success.

With 273 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Active Management ETFs gather total assets under management of $77.75B. The average expense ratio is 0.66%. Active Management ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

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

The largest Active Management ETF is the PIMCO Enhanced Short Maturity Active ETF MINT with $11.96B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Active Management ETF was the ARKG at 29.73%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Active Management space was the SPDR SSGA Fixed Income Sector Rotation ETF FISR in 04/02/19.


AOIL Aberdeen Standard Bloomberg WTI Crude Oil Strategy K-1 Free ETF 12.00%
OILK ProShares K-1 Free Crude Oil Strategy ETF 10.96%
IEDI iShares Evolved U.S. Discretionary Spending ETF 6.34%
IETC iShares Evolved U.S. Technology ETF 6.32%
ARKG ARK Genomic Revolution ETF 6.07%


DWSH AdvisorShares Dorsey Wright Short ETF -6.39%
HDGE AdvisorShares Ranger Equity Bear ETF -4.64%
FNG AdvisorShares New Tech and Media ETF -3.35%
CROC ProShares UltraShort Australian Dollar -2.44%
IEHS iShares Evolved U.S. Healthcare Staples ETF -1.77%


JPST JPMorgan Ultra-Short Income ETF 701.50
NEAR iShares Short Maturity Bond ETF 365.97
LMBS First Trust Low Duration Opportunities ETF 168.96
FTSM First Trust Enhanced Short Maturity ETF 149.99
ICSH iShares Ultra Short-Term Bond ETF 133.13


SRLN SPDR Blackstone / GSO Senior Loan ETF -294.94
MINT PIMCO Enhanced Short Maturity Active ETF -169.94
WBIH WBI BullBear Global High Income ETF -119.49
FTSD Franklin Liberty Short Duration U.S. Government ETF -63.80
VNLA Janus Henderson Short Duration Income ETF -32.17


PAPR Innovator S&P 500 Power Buffer ETF - April 3,417.90%
RYZZ RYZZ Managed Futures Strategy Plus ETF 1,764.92%
BAPR Innovator S&P 500 Buffer ETF - April 916.36%
FLCO Franklin Liberty Investment Grade Corporate ETF 561.84%
UAPR Innovator S&P 500 Ultra Buffer ETF - April 507.70%


PSMC Invesco Conservative Multi-Asset Allocation ETF -81.67%
FWDB AdvisorShares FolioBeyond Smart Core Bond ETF -68.75%
WBIH WBI BullBear Global High Income ETF -61.57%
RISE Sit Rising Rate ETF -56.50%
WBIR WBI BullBear Global Rotation ETF -53.92%

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