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 337 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Active Management ETFs gather total assets under management of $103.00B. The average expense ratio is 0.66%. Active Management ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

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

The largest Active Management ETF is the PIMCO Enhanced Short Maturity Active ETF MINT with $14.04B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Active Management ETF was the IETC at 43.03%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Active Management space was the Leuthold Core ETF LCR in 01/06/20.

Top ETF Performers

YOLO AdvisorShares Pure Cannabis ETF 12.90%
ARKW ARK Next Generation Internet ETF 12.16%
GIGE SoFi Gig Economy ETF 10.07%
BATT Amplify Advanced Battery Metals and Materials ETF 9.98%
TOKE Cambria Cannabis ETF 9.75%

Bottom ETF Performers

HDGE AdvisorShares Ranger Equity Bear ETF -7.14%
OILK ProShares K-1 Free Crude Oil Strategy ETF -3.32%
AOIL Aberdeen Standard Bloomberg WTI Crude Oil Strategy K-1 Free ETF -2.71%
DWSH AdvisorShares Dorsey Wright Short ETF -2.28%
FUT ProShares Managed Futures Strategy ETF -1.08%

Top Creations

MINT PIMCO Enhanced Short Maturity Active ETF 348.43
SRLN SPDR Blackstone / GSO Senior Loan ETF 266.69
JPST JPMorgan Ultra-Short Income ETF 211.81
ICSH iShares Ultra Short-Term Bond ETF 183.61
NEAR iShares Short Maturity Bond ETF 175.91

Top Redemptions

COMT iShares Commodities Select Strategy ETF -202.76
FLTB Fidelity Limited Term Bond ETF -76.45
ULTR IQ Ultra Short Duration ETF -47.62
WTMF WisdomTree Managed Futures Strategy Fund -39.35
PDBC Invesco Optimum Yield Diversified Commodity Strategy No K-1 ETF -36.98

AUM Winners

RPAR RPAR Risk Parity ETF 1,476.18%
VALT ETFMG Sit Ultra Short ETF 1,353.37%
DWEQ AdvisorShares Dorsey Wright Alpha Equal Weight ETF 1,220.20%
DBEH iM DBi Hedge Strategy ETF 567.00%
EJAN Innovator MSCI Emerging Markets Power Buffer ETF - January 560.63%

AUM Losers

BNOV Innovator S&P 500 Buffer ETF - November -56.81%
PSMG Invesco Growth Multi-Asset Allocation ETF -49.58%
TBND Tactical Income ETF -43.51%
ULTR IQ Ultra Short Duration ETF -38.67%
FLTB Fidelity Limited Term Bond ETF -34.06%

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