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 256 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Active Management ETFs gather total assets under management of $69.75B. The average expense ratio is 0.68%. Active Management ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

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

The largest Active Management ETF is the PIMCO Enhanced Short Maturity Active ETF MINT with $12.11B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Active Management ETF was the ARKK at 15.63%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Active Management space was the PGIM QMA Strategic Alpha Small-Cap Growth ETF PQSG in 11/13/18.


ARKG ARK Genomic Revolution Multi-Sector ETF 13.79%
IEHS iShares Evolved U.S. Healthcare Staples ETF 9.31%
ARKK ARK Innovation ETF 8.79%
RFEM First Trust RiverFront Dynamic Emerging Markets ETF 8.50%
ARKW ARK Web x.0 ETF 7.30%


OILK ProShares K-1 Free Crude Oil Strategy ETF -22.82%
BEF Aberdeen Standard Bloomberg Energy Commodity Longer Dated Strategy K-1 Free ETF -14.89%
COMG GraniteShares S&P GSCI Commodity Broad Strategy No K-1 ETF -13.08%
PDBC Invesco Optimum Yield Diversified Commodity Strategy No K-1 ETF -12.01%
SDCI USCF SummerHaven Dynamic Commodity Strategy No K-1 Fund -8.52%


JPST JPMorgan Ultra-Short Income ETF 920.83
MINT PIMCO Enhanced Short Maturity Active ETF 575.38
FTSM First Trust Enhanced Short Maturity ETF 414.17
NEAR iShares Short Maturity Bond ETF 353.09
GSY Invesco Ultra Short Duration ETF 130.52


TOTL SPDR DoubleLine Total Return Tactical ETF -211.43
FPE First Trust Preferred Securities & Income ETF -113.37
RIGS RiverFront Strategic Income Fund -95.32
EMLP First Trust North American Energy Infrastructure Fund -80.03
ARKW ARK Web x.0 ETF -78.76


MFMS Motley Fool Small-Cap Growth ETF 2,500.00%
EMMF WisdomTree Emerging Markets Multifactor Fund 527.11%
UOCT Innovator S&P 500 Ultra Buffer ETF - October 163.86%
GDMA Gadsden Dynamic Multi-Asset ETF 151.30%
GDG Gadsden Dynamic Growth ETF 150.30%


RFUN RiverFront Dynamic Unconstrained Income ETF -56.09%
FUT ProShares Managed Futures Strategy ETF -38.66%
DWSH AdvisorShares Dorsey Wright Short ETF -37.98%
FLTB Fidelity Limited Term Bond ETF -34.96%
MCEF First Trust Municipal CEF Income Opportunity ETF -33.42%

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