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 362 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Active Management ETFs gather total assets under management of $94.03B. The average expense ratio is 0.67%. Active Management ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

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

The largest Active Management ETF is the PIMCO Enhanced Short Maturity Active ETF MINT with $11.96B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Active Management ETF was the DWSH at 52.45%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Active Management space was the Innovator Russell 2000 Power Buffer ETF - April KAPR in 04/01/20.

Top ETF Performers

DWSH AdvisorShares Dorsey Wright Short ETF 31.35%
HDGE AdvisorShares Ranger Equity Bear ETF 28.00%
TAIL Cambria Tail Risk ETF 12.66%
USDU WisdomTree Bloomberg U.S. Dollar Bullish Fund 5.48%
FUT ProShares Managed Futures Strategy ETF 4.98%

Bottom ETF Performers

AMZA InfraCap MLP ETF -63.88%
PFFA Virtus InfraCap U.S. Preferred Stock ETF -56.09%
DIVY Reality Shares DIVS ETF -46.52%
OILK ProShares K-1 Free Crude Oil Strategy ETF -40.20%
PQSV PGIM QMA Strategic Alpha Small-Cap Value ETF -34.39%

Top Creations

ARKK ARK Innovation ETF 200.94
PDBC Invesco Optimum Yield Diversified Commodity Strategy No K-1 ETF 181.44
DAUG FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - August 181.22
LMBS First Trust Low Duration Opportunities ETF 101.29
AVUS Avantis U.S. Equity ETF 98.84

Top Redemptions

MINT PIMCO Enhanced Short Maturity Active ETF -2,494.99
JPST JPMorgan Ultra-Short Income ETF -1,894.33
GSY Invesco Ultra Short Duration ETF -642.29
ICSH iShares Ultra Short-Term Bond ETF -472.03
TOTL SPDR DoubleLine Total Return Tactical ETF -337.60

AUM Winners

DAUG FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - August 2,030.14%
UJUN Innovator S&P 500 Ultra Buffer ETF - June 1,386.76%
UMAR Innovator S&P 500 Ultra Buffer ETF - March 698.20%
BMAR Innovator S&P 500 Buffer ETF - March 584.13%
DNOV FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - November 371.12%

AUM Losers

LRNZ TrueMark Technology, AI & Deep Learning ETF -78.57%
HECO Strategy Shares EcoLogical Strategy ETF -77.58%
AMZA InfraCap MLP ETF -66.52%
FFTG FormulaFolios Tactical Growth ETF -66.40%
FFHG FormulaFolios Hedged Growth ETF -66.06%

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