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 345 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Active Management ETFs gather total assets under management of $108.07B. The average expense ratio is 0.67%. Active Management ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

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

The largest Active Management ETF is the PIMCO Enhanced Short Maturity Active ETF MINT with $14.63B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Active Management ETF was the IETC at 40.81%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Active Management space was the Direxion Flight to Safety Strategy ETF FLYT in 02/05/20.

Top ETF Performers

ARKW ARK Next Generation Internet ETF 11.76%
ARKK ARK Innovation ETF 10.20%
UTES Virtus Reaves Utilities ETF 7.68%
PSR Invesco Active U.S. Real Estate ETF 7.33%
ARKQ ARK Autonomous Technology & Robotics ETF 7.27%

Bottom ETF Performers

AMZA InfraCap MLP ETF -13.16%
OILK ProShares K-1 Free Crude Oil Strategy ETF -10.72%
SDCI USCF SummerHaven Dynamic Commodity Strategy No K-1 Fund -8.12%
PDBC Invesco Optimum Yield Diversified Commodity Strategy No K-1 ETF -6.77%
TOKE Cambria Cannabis ETF -6.57%

Top Creations

LMBS First Trust Low Duration Opportunities ETF 778.83
MINT PIMCO Enhanced Short Maturity Active ETF 619.75
JPST JPMorgan Ultra-Short Income ETF 436.55
FPE First Trust Preferred Securities & Income ETF 253.27
FBND Fidelity Total Bond ETF 234.41

Top Redemptions

ARKW ARK Next Generation Internet ETF -102.50
SRLN SPDR Blackstone / GSO Senior Loan ETF -32.73
TBND Tactical Income ETF -23.70
BNOV Innovator S&P 500 Buffer ETF - November -23.45
RFDI First Trust RiverFront Dynamic Developed International -17.98

AUM Winners

ABEQ Absolute Core Strategy ETF 25,060,000.00%
BFEB Innovator S&P 500 Buffer ETF - February 1,133.74%
SSUS Day Hagan/Ned Davis Research Smart Sector ETF 911.11%
PFEB Innovator S&P 500 Power Buffer ETF - February 587.10%
UFEB Innovator S&P 500 Ultra Buffer ETF - February 458.01%

AUM Losers

PSMM Invesco Moderately Conservative Multi-Asset Allocation ETF -32.41%
FAUG FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - August -24.31%
COMT iShares Commodities Select Strategy ETF -18.02%
UOCT Innovator S&P 500 Ultra Buffer ETF - October -17.23%
FCEF First Trust CEF Income Opportunity ETF -17.15%

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