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 267 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Active Management ETFs gather total assets under management of $72.37B. The average expense ratio is 0.67%. Active Management ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

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

The largest Active Management ETF is the PIMCO Enhanced Short Maturity Active ETF MINT with $11.81B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Active Management ETF was the CROC at 19.48%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Active Management space was the Western Asset Short Duration Income ETF WINC in 02/07/19.


PSR Invesco Active U.S. Real Estate ETF 9.71%
MFMS MFAM Small-Cap Growth ETF 9.53%
PRME First Trust Heitman Global Prime Real Estate ETF 9.22%
ARKW ARK Web x.0 ETF 9.03%
PLCY EventShares U.S. Policy Alpha ETF 8.92%


HDGE AdvisorShares Ranger Equity Bear ETF -7.47%
DWSH AdvisorShares Dorsey Wright Short ETF -7.35%
TERM EquityCompass Tactical Risk Manager ETF -5.05%
TAIL Cambria Tail Risk ETF -4.74%
VAMO Cambria Value and Momentum ETF -1.46%


LMBS First Trust Low Duration Opportunities ETF 250.03
JPST JPMorgan Ultra-Short Income ETF 180.82
VNLA Janus Henderson Short Duration Income ETF 110.29
ARKK ARK Innovation ETF 92.48
LQDH iShares Interest Rate Hedged Corporate Bond ETF 87.33


MINT PIMCO Enhanced Short Maturity Active ETF -346.75
NEAR iShares Short Maturity Bond ETF -174.85
PDBC Invesco Optimum Yield Diversified Commodity Strategy No K-1 ETF -132.83
FPE First Trust Preferred Securities & Income ETF -109.18
FTSL First Trust Senior Loan Fund -64.98


ARKF ARK Fintech Innovation ETF 1,910.48%
JAGG JPMorgan U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF 287.90%
AWTM Aware Ultra-Short Duration Enhanced Income ETF 163.13%
GDG Gadsden Dynamic Growth ETF 99.76%
VFVA Vanguard U.S. Value Factor ETF 76.75%


RISE Sit Rising Rate ETF -24.98%
TAIL Cambria Tail Risk ETF -24.31%
CROC ProShares UltraShort Australian Dollar -24.29%
ALD WisdomTree Asia Local Debt Fund -24.09%
ARCM Arrow Reserve Capital Management ETF -20.94%

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