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 48 ETFs traded on the U.S. markets, Alternative ETFs ETFs have total assets under management of $8.05B. 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 ProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures ETF UVXY with $1.78B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best-performing Alternative ETFs ETF was XVZ at 102.69%. The most recent ETF launched in the Alternative ETFs space was the KFA Mount Lucas Index Strategy ETF KMLM on 12/02/20.

Top ETF Performers

BDRY Breakwave Dry Bulk Shipping ETF 44.77%
CBLS Changebridge Capital Long/Short Equity ETF 9.59%
DBEH iM DBi Hedge Strategy ETF 6.98%
RAAX VanEck Vectors Real Asset Allocation ETF 5.21%
TRTY Cambria Trinity ETF 5.19%

Bottom ETF Performers

UVXY ProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures ETF -8.08%
VIXY ProShares VIX Short-Term Futures ETF -5.26%
VXX iPath Series B S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN -4.51%
BTAL AGFiQ U.S. Market Neutral Anti-Beta Fund -3.93%
MOM AGFiQ U.S. Market Neutral Momentum Fund -1.44%

Top Creations

UVXY ProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures ETF 217.21
QAI IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Tracker ETF 48.43
RPAR RPAR Risk Parity ETF 46.79
VIXY ProShares VIX Short-Term Futures ETF 29.72
VXX iPath Series B S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN 25.75

Top Redemptions

BTAL AGFiQ U.S. Market Neutral Anti-Beta Fund -18.33
VIXM ProShares VIX Mid-Term Futures ETF -6.36
MSVX LHA Market State Alpha Seeker ETF -5.49
DBEH iM DBi Hedge Strategy ETF -5.25
DBMF iM DBi Managed Futures Strategy ETF -4.44

AUM Winners

UVXY ProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures ETF 41.46%
LBAY Leatherback Long/Short Alternative Yield ETF 38.88%
VIXY ProShares VIX Short-Term Futures ETF 35.51%
VXX iPath Series B S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN 29.79%
RPAR RPAR Risk Parity ETF 16.00%

AUM Losers

BTAL AGFiQ U.S. Market Neutral Anti-Beta Fund -6.44%
DBEH iM DBi Hedge Strategy ETF -5.11%
DBMF iM DBi Managed Futures Strategy ETF -3.91%
MSVX LHA Market State Alpha Seeker ETF -2.87%
MNA IQ Merger Arbitrage ETF -2.19%

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