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 497 ETFs traded on the U.S. markets, Active Management ETFs have total assets under management of $184.12B. The average expense ratio is 0.70%. Active Management ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

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

The largest Active Management ETF is the ARK Innovation ETF ARKK with $21.60B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best-performing Active Management ETF was ARKG at 208.33%. The most recent ETF launched in the Active Management space was the AllianzIM U.S. Large Cap Buffer10 Jan ETF AZAJ on 01/04/21.

Top ETF Performers

BLOK Amplify Transformational Data Sharing ETF 36.31%
MSOS AdvisorShares Pure US Cannabis ETF 32.83%
YOLO AdvisorShares Pure Cannabis ETF 31.75%
CNBS Amplify Seymour Cannabis ETF 27.78%
ARKQ ARK Autonomous Technology & Robotics ETF 23.18%

Bottom ETF Performers

DWSH AdvisorShares Dorsey Wright Short ETF -7.60%
HDGE AdvisorShares Ranger Equity Bear ETF -7.28%
TADS Trend Aggregation Dividend Stock ETF -5.30%
TAIL Cambria Tail Risk ETF -2.46%
LGOV First Trust Long Duration Opportunities ETF -1.98%

Top Creations

ARKK ARK Innovation ETF 3.25K
ARKG ARK Genomic Revolution ETF 3.19K
ARKW ARK Next Generation Internet ETF 824.31
ARKF ARK Fintech Innovation ETF 638.59
ARKQ ARK Autonomous Technology & Robotics ETF 480.97

Top Redemptions

GDVD Principal Active Global Dividend Income ETF -157.84
MINT PIMCO Enhanced Short Maturity Active ETF -142.87
PSEP Innovator S&P 500 Power Buffer ETF - September -42.92
EMLP First Trust North American Energy Infrastructure Fund -29.99
TAIL Cambria Tail Risk ETF -27.77

AUM Winners

EUCG Euclid Capital Growth ETF 11,913.75%
QDEC First Trust Cboe Vest Growth-100 Buffer ETF – December 2,020.01%
JSTC Adasina Social Justice All Cap Global ETF 2,005.61%
SPCX The SPAC and New Issue ETF 1,392.38%
TFJL Innovator 20+ Year Treasury Bond 5 Floor ETF - July 238.86%

AUM Losers

GDVD Principal Active Global Dividend Income ETF -69.24%
FDIV First Trust Strategic Income ETF -35.64%
KAPR Innovator Russell 2000 Power Buffer ETF - April -33.87%
PHYL PGIM Active High Yield Bond ETF -26.70%
NVMZ TrueShares Structured Outcome ETF - November -22.71%

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