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 57 ETFs traded on the U.S. markets, Alternative ETFs ETFs have total assets under management of $6.98B. The average expense ratio is 1.01%. Alternative ETFs ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

  • Alternatives

The largest Alternative ETFs ETF is the RPAR Risk Parity ETF RPAR with $1.43B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best-performing Alternative ETFs ETF was DBMF at 24.88%. The most recent ETF launched in the Alternative ETFs space was the VS TR -1X SHORT VIX FUTURES ETF SVIX on 03/28/22.

Top ETF Performers

UVXY ProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures ETF 8.85%
VIXY ProShares VIX Short-Term Futures ETF 7.94%
UVIX VS Trust 2X LONG VIX FUTURES ETF 6.53%
VXZ iPath Series B S&P 500 VIX Mid-Term Futures ETN 5.92%
VIXM ProShares VIX Mid-Term Futures ETF 5.47%

Bottom ETF Performers

SVIX VS TR -1X SHORT VIX FUTURES ETF -17.55%
UPAR UPAR Ultra Risk Parity ETF -10.38%
SVXY ProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures ETF -7.71%
RPAR RPAR Risk Parity ETF -6.91%
DALT Anfield Diversified Alternatives ETF -6.23%

Top Creations

RLY SPDR SSgA Multi-Asset Real Return ETF 55.69
RAAX VanEck Inflation Allocation ETF 38.98
PFIX Simplify Interest Rate Hedge ETF 37.27
RPAR RPAR Risk Parity ETF 36.75
SVIX VS TR -1X SHORT VIX FUTURES ETF 30.32

Top Redemptions

UVXY ProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures ETF -373.37
VIXY ProShares VIX Short-Term Futures ETF -55.73
SVXY ProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures ETF -49.90
BTAL AGFiQ U.S. Market Neutral Anti-Beta Fund -25.03
QAI IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Tracker ETF -24.60

AUM Winners

SVIX VS TR -1X SHORT VIX FUTURES ETF 391.95%
CTA Simplify Managed Futures Strategy ETF 379.34%
UVIX VS Trust 2X LONG VIX FUTURES ETF 115.36%
MARB First Trust Merger Arbitrage ETF 80.97%
DBMF iMGP DBi Managed Futures Strategy ETF 55.51%

AUM Losers

UVXY ProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures ETF -40.54%
VIXY ProShares VIX Short-Term Futures ETF -35.15%
QED IQ Hedge Event-Driven Tracker ETF -14.54%
WEIX Dynamic Short Short-Term Volatility Futures ETF -11.36%
VIXM ProShares VIX Mid-Term Futures ETF -11.35%

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