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 53 ETFs traded on the U.S. markets, Alternative ETFs ETFs have total assets under management of $8.52B. The average expense ratio is 1.03%. 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 $1.50B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best-performing Alternative ETFs ETF was BDRY at 404.87%. The most recent ETF launched in the Alternative ETFs space was the AltShares Event-Driven ETF EVNT on 09/17/21.

Top ETF Performers

SVXY ProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures ETF 14.71%
BDRY Breakwave Dry Bulk Shipping ETF 11.88%
RAAX VanEck Inflation Allocation ETF 9.15%
PFIX Simplify Interest Rate Hedge ETF 7.86%
RLY SPDR SSgA Multi-Asset Real Return ETF 7.53%

Bottom ETF Performers

UVXY ProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures ETF -36.81%
VXX iPath Series B S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN -26.47%
VIXY ProShares VIX Short-Term Futures ETF -25.83%
VXZ iPath Series B S&P 500 VIX Mid-Term Futures ETN -6.61%
VIXM ProShares VIX Mid-Term Futures ETF -6.43%

Top Creations

RPAR RPAR Risk Parity ETF 42.45
VIXY ProShares VIX Short-Term Futures ETF 27.72
QAI IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Tracker ETF 24.02
SVOL Simplify Volatility Premium ETF 18.33
CCOR Core Alternative ETF 17.83

Top Redemptions

UVXY ProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures ETF -87.68
VXX iPath Series B S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN -54.14
MNA IQ Merger Arbitrage ETF -6.59
EOPS Emles Alpha Opportunities ETF -2.64
VXZ iPath Series B S&P 500 VIX Mid-Term Futures ETN -2.07

AUM Winners

RAAX VanEck Inflation Allocation ETF 101.51%
SVOL Simplify Volatility Premium ETF 64.43%
ASPY ASYMshares ASYMmetric S&P 500 ETF 28.41%
PFIX Simplify Interest Rate Hedge ETF 21.79%
RLY SPDR SSgA Multi-Asset Real Return ETF 18.39%

AUM Losers

VIXY ProShares VIX Short-Term Futures ETF -22.40%
MARB First Trust Merger Arbitrage ETF -20.16%
DBEH iM DBi Hedge Strategy ETF -7.11%
WTMF WisdomTree Managed Futures Strategy Fund -5.67%
GAA Cambria Global Asset Allocation ETF -2.36%

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