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 in the U.S. markets, Alternative ETFs ETFs gather total assets under management of $6.13B. The average expense ratio is 1.07%. Alternative ETFs ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

  • Alternatives

The largest Alternative ETFs ETF is the IQ Merger Arbitrage ETF MNA with $940.34M in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Alternative ETFs ETF was the EXIV at 90.48%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Alternative ETFs space was the iM DBi Hedge Strategy ETF DBEH in 12/18/19.

Top ETF Performers

EXIV VelocityShares 1X Daily Inverse VSTOXX Futures ETN 7.80%
SVXY ProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures ETF 6.34%
ZIV VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Medium-Term ETN 6.09%
DALT Anfield Capital Diversified Alternatives ETF 4.26%
RAAX VanEck Vectors Real Asset Allocation ETF 3.48%

Bottom ETF Performers

TVIX VelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short-Term ETN -24.63%
BDRY Breakwave Dry Bulk Shipping ETF -24.26%
UVXY ProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures ETF -18.74%
VXX iPath Series B S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN -12.57%
VIIX VelocityShares Daily Long VIX Short-Term ETN -12.55%

Top Creations

RPAR RPAR Risk Parity ETF 32.69
QAI IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Tracker ETF 21.85
MNA IQ Merger Arbitrage ETF 21.37
SVXY ProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures ETF 19.68
JPMF JPMorgan Managed Futures Strategy ETF 19.58

Top Redemptions

WTMF WisdomTree Managed Futures Strategy Fund -39.35
RINF ProShares Inflation Expectations ETF -28.89
FAAR First Trust Alternative Absolute Return Strategy ETF -18.16
HTUS Hull Tactical U.S. ETF -5.39
ZIV VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Medium-Term ETN -5.32

AUM Winners

RPAR RPAR Risk Parity ETF 1,312.61%
DBEH iM DBi Hedge Strategy ETF 563.45%
SVXY ProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures ETF 23.22%
QED IQ Hedge Event-Driven Tracker ETF 16.15%
EXIV VelocityShares 1X Daily Inverse VSTOXX Futures ETN 13.05%

AUM Losers

RINF ProShares Inflation Expectations ETF -53.26%
MCRO IQ Hedge Macro Tracker ETF -24.73%
FMF First Trust Managed Futures Strategy Fund -24.65%
TVIX VelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short-Term ETN -15.51%
EVIX VelocityShares 1X Long VSTOXX Futures ETN -14.08%

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