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 242 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Active Management ETFs gather total assets under management of $61.33B. The average expense ratio is 0.69%. Active Management ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

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

The largest Active Management ETF is the PIMCO Enhanced Short Maturity Active ETF MINT with $9.94B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Active Management ETF was the ARKK at 49.90%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Active Management space was the WisdomTree International Multifactor Fund DWMF in 08/10/18.

TOP ETF PERFORMERS

AMZAInfraCap MLP ETF9.71%
CROCProShares UltraShort Australian Dollar5.08%
EMLPFirst Trust North American Energy Infrastructure Fund3.73%
CCORCambria Core Equity ETF3.54%
PLCYEventShares U.S. Policy Alpha ETF3.40%

BOTTOM ETF PERFORMERS

BATTAmplify Advanced Battery Metals and Materials ETF-12.90%
FWDIAdvisorShares Madrona International ETF-7.96%
RFEMFirst Trust RiverFront Dynamic Emerging Markets ETF-6.69%
AADRAdvisorShares Dorsey Wright ADR ETF-6.65%
DINTDavis Select International ETF-5.29%

top creations

NEARiShares Short Maturity Bond ETF533.32
MINTPIMCO Enhanced Short Maturity Active ETF447.80
JPSTJPMorgan Ultra-Short Income ETF378.51
FTSLFirst Trust Senior Loan Fund160.47
GSYInvesco Ultra Short Duration ETF130.64

top redemptions

FTGCFirst Trust Global Tactical Commodity Strategy Fund-60.05
BCIETFS Bloomberg All Commodity Strategy K-1 Free ETF-40.68
AADRAdvisorShares Dorsey Wright ADR ETF-21.72
CEWWisdomTree Emerging Currency Strategy Fund-14.85
RIGSRiverFront Strategic Income Fund-11.01

AUM WINNERS

OSCVOpus Small Cap Value Plus ETF461.66%
HTRBHartford Total Return Bond ETF130.31%
PSMGInvesco Growth Multi-Asset Allocation ETF99.52%
FLTBFidelity Limited Term Bond ETF73.20%
RAAXVanEck Vectors Real Asset Allocation ETF26.82%

AUM LOSERS

VESHVirtus Enhanced Short U.S. Equity ETF-50.74%
OILKProShares K-1 Free Crude Oil Strategy ETF-41.71%
RFCIRiverFront Dynamic Core Income ETF-29.91%
SDCIUSCF SummerHaven Dynamic Commodity Strategy No K-1 Fund-26.55%
AADRAdvisorShares Dorsey Wright ADR ETF-19.73%

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