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 56 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Alternative ETFs ETFs gather total assets under management of $7.86B. The average expense ratio is 1.08%. Alternative ETFs ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

  • Alternatives

The largest Alternative ETFs ETF is the VelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short-Term ETN TVIX with $2.01B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Alternative ETFs ETF was the XVZ at 99.27%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Alternative ETFs space was the First Trust Merger Arbitrage ETF MARB in 02/04/20.

Top ETF Performers

TVIX VelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short-Term ETN 59.03%
UVXY ProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures ETF 57.55%
XVZ iPath S&P 500 Dynamic VIX ETN 52.07%
VIXY ProShares VIX Short-Term Futures ETF 46.36%
VIIX VelocityShares Daily Long VIX Short-Term ETN 45.66%

Bottom ETF Performers

ZIV VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Medium-Term ETN -42.16%
ALTY Global X SuperDividend Alternatives ETF -34.70%
DIVY Reality Shares DIVS ETF -33.57%
SVXY ProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures ETF -27.67%
FLAT iPath U.S. Treasury Flattener ETN -25.74%

Top Creations

SVXY ProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures ETF 687.27
RPAR RPAR Risk Parity ETF 92.54
ZIV VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Medium-Term ETN 67.36
VIIX VelocityShares Daily Long VIX Short-Term ETN 23.77
FTLS First Trust Long/Short Equity ETF 5.56

Top Redemptions

TVIX VelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short-Term ETN -1,185.40
VXX iPath Series B S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN -959.04
UVXY ProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures ETF -399.87
VIXY ProShares VIX Short-Term Futures ETF -296.48
MNA IQ Merger Arbitrage ETF -141.23

AUM Winners

FMF First Trust Managed Futures Strategy Fund 169.71%
SVXY ProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures ETF 115.69%
MOM AGFiQ U.S. Market Neutral Momentum Fund 108.91%
VIIX VelocityShares Daily Long VIX Short-Term ETN 92.34%
ZIV VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Medium-Term ETN 53.80%

AUM Losers

DBEH iM DBi Hedge Strategy ETF -64.35%
DIVY Reality Shares DIVS ETF -54.97%
ALTY Global X SuperDividend Alternatives ETF -44.94%
RAAX VanEck Vectors Real Asset Allocation ETF -43.37%
XVZ iPath S&P 500 Dynamic VIX ETN -39.25%

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