Alternative ETFs ETF Overview

What are alternatives ETFs? Hedge funds, commodities, options strategies, private equity—anything that doesn't fit cleanly into the equity or fixed-income buckets has been termed 'alternative' at one point or another. Perhaps the most defining characteristic for alternative investments was that if you were not a 'qualified investor,' most investors couldn't buy them. Today, however, financial innovation has made many of these complex strategies available to a broader audience through ETFs.

With 60 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Alternative ETFs ETFs gather total assets under management of $6.41B. The average expense ratio is 1.12%. Alternative ETFs ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

  • Alternatives

The largest Alternative ETFs ETF is the IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Tracker ETF QAI with $1.17B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Alternative ETFs ETF was the UVXY at 200.81%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Alternative ETFs space was the Cambria Trinity ETF TRTY in 09/10/18.

TOP ETF PERFORMERS

UVXY ProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures ETF 532.20%
SVXY ProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures ETF 261.91%
TVIX VelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short-Term ETN 33.63%
VIIX VelocityShares Daily Long VIX Short-Term ETN 18.63%
VXXB iPath Series B S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN 18.63%

BOTTOM ETF PERFORMERS

EXIV VelocityShares 1X Daily Inverse VSTOXX Futures ETN -15.32%
VMIN REX VolMAXX Short VIX Futures Strategy ETF -11.41%
ZIV VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Medium-Term ETN -9.47%
CLIX ProShares Long Online/Short Stores ETF -7.62%
DALT Anfield Capital Diversified Alternatives ETF -5.99%

TOP CREATIONS

VXX iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN 169.45
QAI IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Tracker ETF 36.65
VIXY ProShares VIX Short-Term Futures ETF 21.01
WTMF WisdomTree Managed Futures Strategy Fund 16.22
DYLS WisdomTree Dynamic Long/Short U.S. Equity Fund 16.01

TOP REDEMPTIONS

SVXY ProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures ETF -60.29
CLIX ProShares Long Online/Short Stores ETF -7.08
JPHF JPMorgan Diversified Alternatives ETF -6.22
MOM AGFiQ U.S. Market Neutral Momentum Fund -3.78
MRGR ProShares Merger ETF -3.65

AUM WINNERS

TRTY Cambria Trinity ETF 334.54%
DYB WisdomTree Dynamic Bearish U.S. Equity Fund 81.23%
BTAL AGFiQ U.S. Market Neutral Anti-Beta Fund 38.97%
TVIX VelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short-Term ETN 38.62%
VXXB iPath Series B S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN 20.63%

AUM LOSERS

MOM AGFiQ U.S. Market Neutral Momentum Fund -44.75%
UVXY ProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures ETF -37.82%
STPP iPath U.S. Treasury Steepener ETN -28.56%
XVZ iPath S&P 500 Dynamic VIX ETN -21.61%
CLIX ProShares Long Online/Short Stores ETF -19.10%

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