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 246 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Active Management ETFs gather total assets under management of $65.55B. The average expense ratio is 0.69%. Active Management ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

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

The largest Active Management ETF is the PIMCO Enhanced Short Maturity Active ETF MINT with $10.90B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Active Management ETF was the OILK at 43.96%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Active Management space was the Western Asset Total Return ETF WBND in 10/03/18.


BZF WisdomTree Brazilian Real Strategy Fund 12.59%
DWSH AdvisorShares Dorsey Wright Short ETF 7.43%
BCI Aberdeen Standard Bloomberg All Commodity Strategy K-1 Free ETF 5.94%
HDGE AdvisorShares Ranger Equity Bear ETF 5.72%
COMB GraniteShares Bloomberg Commodity Broad Strategy No K-1 ETF 5.72%


VMIN REX VolMAXX Short VIX Futures Strategy ETF -12.28%
FNG AdvisorShares New Tech and Media ETF -11.45%
ARKG ARK Genomic Revolution Multi-Sector ETF -10.45%
WBID WBI BullBear Quality 2000 ETF -10.31%
WBIA WBI BullBear Rising Income 2000 ETF -10.24%


MINT PIMCO Enhanced Short Maturity Active ETF 497.21
PDBC Invesco Optimum Yield Diversified Commodity Strategy No K-1 ETF 419.64
NEAR iShares Short Maturity Bond ETF 162.88
FTSM First Trust Enhanced Short Maturity ETF 155.99
HTRB Hartford Total Return Bond ETF 151.28


BOND PIMCO Active Bond ETF -35.84
ARKW ARK Web x.0 ETF -25.78
WBIE WBI BullBear Rising Income 1000 ETF -12.55
TOTL SPDR DoubleLine Total Return Tactical ETF -11.82
WBIF WBI BullBear Value 1000 ETF -10.74


AFIF Anfield Universal Fixed Income ETF 2,906.00%
OILK ProShares K-1 Free Crude Oil Strategy ETF 319.89%
DWSH AdvisorShares Dorsey Wright Short ETF 222.47%
BOCT Innovator S&P 500 Buffer ETF - October 213.45%
POCT Innovator S&P 500 Power Buffer ETF - October 192.28%


BEF Aberdeen Standard Bloomberg Energy Commodity Longer Dated Strategy K-1 Free ETF -64.94%
VMIN REX VolMAXX Short VIX Futures Strategy ETF -21.95%
ARKW ARK Web x.0 ETF -21.75%
FNG AdvisorShares New Tech and Media ETF -20.90%
LQDH iShares Interest Rate Hedged Corporate Bond ETF -19.95%

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