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 626 ETFs traded on the U.S. markets, Active Management ETFs have total assets under management of $263.59B. The average expense ratio is 0.69%. 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 ARK Innovation ETF ARKK with $22.94B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best-performing Active Management ETF was BLOK at 114.00%. The most recent ETF launched in the Active Management space was the International Drawdown Managed Equity ETF IDME on 07/22/21.

Top ETF Performers

HDGE AdvisorShares Ranger Equity Bear ETF 7.11%
JRE Janus Henderson U.S. Real Estate ETF 5.26%
RORO ATAC US Rotation ETF 5.21%
IETC iShares Evolved U.S. Technology ETF 5.08%
QQC Simplify Growth Equity PLUS Convexity ETF 5.03%

Bottom ETF Performers

DINT Davis Select International ETF -16.63%
SPXZ Morgan Creek - Exos SPAC Originated ETF -14.91%
KEJI Global X China Innovation ETF -14.64%
CNBS Amplify Seymour Cannabis ETF -14.62%
YOLO AdvisorShares Pure Cannabis ETF -13.84%

Top Creations

SRLN SPDR Blackstone Senior Loan ETF 929.81
ARKK ARK Innovation ETF 654.18
JPST JPMorgan Ultra-Short Income ETF 393.01
IVOL Quadratic Interest Rate Volatility and Inflation Hedge ETF 376.84
ARKG ARK Genomic Revolution ETF 340.54

Top Redemptions

MINT PIMCO Enhanced Short Maturity Active ETF -421.30
FTSM First Trust Enhanced Short Maturity ETF -122.94
RPAR RPAR Risk Parity ETF -116.90
VNLA Janus Henderson Short Duration Income ETF -82.87
PAPR Innovator S&P 500 Power Buffer ETF - April -51.65

AUM Winners

CLSM Cabana Target Leading Sector Moderate ETF 8,594.71%
CLSC Cabana Target Leading Sector Conservative ETF 7,032.89%
CLSA Cabana Target Leading Sector Aggressive ETF 5,867.86%
ZHDG ZEGA Buy and Hedge ETF 3,169.79%
JFWD Jacob Forward ETF 2,639.46%

AUM Losers

TACE Trend Aggregation Conservative ETF -71.88%
AFLG First Trust Active Factor Large Cap ETF -48.79%
FLTB Fidelity Limited Term Bond ETF -30.57%
TSOC Innovator Triple Stacker ETF - October -29.30%
IAPR Innovator MSCI EAFE Power Buffer ETF - April -27.84%

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