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 370 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Active Management ETFs gather total assets under management of $110.06B. The average expense ratio is 0.69%. Active Management ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

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

The largest Active Management ETF is the PIMCO Enhanced Short Maturity Active ETF MINT with $13.09B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Active Management ETF was the ARKG at 55.79%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Active Management space was the JPMorgan Equity Premium Income ETF JEPI in 05/20/20.

Top ETF Performers

OILK ProShares K-1 Free Crude Oil Strategy ETF 39.42%
YOLO AdvisorShares Pure Cannabis ETF 26.87%
AMZA InfraCap MLP ETF 25.50%
CNBS Amplify Seymour Cannabis ETF 21.44%
BUYZ Franklin Disruptive Commerce ETF 19.46%

Bottom ETF Performers

DWSH AdvisorShares Dorsey Wright Short ETF -17.11%
HDGE AdvisorShares Ranger Equity Bear ETF -14.12%
JPLS JPMorgan Long/Short ETF -4.64%
DBMF iM DBi Managed Futures Strategy ETF -4.43%
CCOR Core Alternative ETF -4.25%

Top Creations

FLCB Franklin Liberty U.S. Core Bond ETF 664.87
MINT PIMCO Enhanced Short Maturity Active ETF 476.60
JPST JPMorgan Ultra-Short Income ETF 454.71
ARKK ARK Innovation ETF 387.71
FIXD First Trust TCW Opportunistic Fixed Income ETF 298.78

Top Redemptions

EMLP First Trust North American Energy Infrastructure Fund -153.32
FTSL First Trust Senior Loan Fund -109.26
MEAR iShares Short Maturity Municipal Bond ETF -44.83
JPHY JPMorgan High Yield Research Enhanced ETF -44.09
FEMB First Trust Emerging Markets Local Currency Bond ETF -39.89

AUM Winners

SIXH 6 Meridian Hedged Equity-Index Option Strategy ETF 667,720,732.00%
SIXA 6 Meridian Mega Cap Equity ETF 348,426,620.00%
SIXL 6 Meridian Low Beta Equity Strategy ETF 289,364,540.00%
SIXS 6 Meridian Small Cap Equity ETF 75,224,540.00%
PMAY Innovator S&P 500 Power Buffer ETF - May 3,331.68%

AUM Losers

PJUN Innovator S&P 500 Power Buffer ETF - June -73.15%
USDU WisdomTree Bloomberg U.S. Dollar Bullish Fund -66.97%
LRGE ClearBridge Large Cap Growth ESG ETF -51.19%
JPHF JPMorgan Diversified Alternatives ETF -50.50%
UJUN Innovator S&P 500 Ultra Buffer ETF - June -48.08%

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