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 562 ETFs traded on the U.S. markets, Active Management ETFs have total assets under management of $217.75B. The average expense ratio is 0.71%. 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 ARK Innovation ETF ARKK with $23.13B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best-performing Active Management ETF was BLOK at 199.77%. The most recent ETF launched in the Active Management space was the TrueShares Structured Outcome ETF - May MAYZ on 05/03/21.

Top ETF Performers

KRBN KraneShares Global Carbon ETF 14.32%
SDCI USCF SummerHaven Dynamic Commodity Strategy No K-1 Fund 10.92%
FTGC First Trust Global Tactical Commodity Strategy Fund 8.89%
BCI Aberdeen Standard Bloomberg All Commodity Strategy K-1 Free ETF 8.62%
COMB GraniteShares Bloomberg Commodity Broad Strategy No K-1 ETF 8.56%

Bottom ETF Performers

TOKE Cambria Cannabis ETF -10.24%
CNBS Amplify Seymour Cannabis ETF -10.05%
YOLO AdvisorShares Pure Cannabis ETF -9.51%
CBTG Cabot Growth ETF -8.44%
SPXZ Morgan Creek - Exos SPAC Originated ETF -6.86%

Top Creations

SRLN SPDR Blackstone Senior Loan ETF 800.43
ARKK ARK Innovation ETF 639.71
ARKX ARK Space Exploration & Innovation ETF 609.98
JPST JPMorgan Ultra-Short Income ETF 349.96
JAGG JPMorgan U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF 323.73

Top Redemptions

ARKW ARK Next Generation Internet ETF -322.44
FTSM First Trust Enhanced Short Maturity ETF -110.97
AWTM Aware Ultra-Short Duration Enhanced Income ETF -73.56
PDEC Innovator S&P 500 Power Buffer ETF - December -48.21
DJAN FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - January -42.04

AUM Winners

DAPR FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - April 2,307.15%
FAPR FT Cboe Vest U.S Equity Buffer ETF 2,055.84%
GSPY Gotham Enhanced 500 ETF 1,278.77%
QTAP Innovator Growth-100 Accelerated Plus ETF - April 1,031.24%
XTAP Innovator U.S. Equity Accelerated Plus ETF - April 623.28%

AUM Losers

AFSM First Trust Active Factor Small Cap ETF -48.83%
AFMC First Trust Active Factor Mid Cap ETF -48.14%
JULZ TrueShares Structured Outcome ETF - July -34.05%
WBIN WBI BullBear Trend Switch US Total Return ETF -27.83%
UDEC Innovator S&P 500 Ultra Buffer ETF - December -25.10%

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