Buffer ETF Overview

Buffer ETFs are also known as defined-outcome ETFs. They offer protection against drawdowns for a specific period. They used options to guarantee an investment outcome.

With 141 ETFs traded on the U.S. markets, Buffer ETFs have total assets under management of $9.54B. The average expense ratio is 0.81%. Buffer ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

  • Equity
  • Commodities
  • Fixed Income

The largest Buffer ETF is the Nationwide Risk-Managed Income ETF NUSI with $673.79M in assets. In the last trailing year, the best-performing Buffer ETF was SEPZ at 19.70%. The most recent ETF launched in the Buffer space was the Innovator Emerging Markets Power Buffer ETF EOCT on 10/01/21.

Top ETF Performers

NVMZ TrueShares Structured Outcome ETF - November 1.78%
KOCT Innovator Russell 2000 Power Buffer ETF - October 0.86%
KJAN Innovator U.S. Small Cap Power Buffer ETF - January 0.77%
POCT Innovator U.S. Equity Power Buffer ETF - October 0.68%
BOCT Innovator U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - October 0.67%

Bottom ETF Performers

NUSI Nationwide Risk-Managed Income ETF -3.89%
QRMI Global X NASDAQ 100 Risk Managed Income ETF -3.74%
QCLR Global X NASDAQ 100 Collar 95-110 ETF -3.28%
YMAR FT Cboe Vest International Equity Buffer ETF - March -2.73%
XCLR Global X S&P 500 Collar 95-110 ETF -2.62%

Top Creations

PSEP Innovator U.S. Equity Power Buffer ETF - September 109.40
NUSI Nationwide Risk-Managed Income ETF 103.21
BUFR FT Cboe Vest Fund of Buffer ETF 83.24
BSEP Innovator U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - September 72.04
FSEP FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - September 53.20

Top Redemptions

PJUL Innovator U.S. Equity Power Buffer ETF - July -25.64
PDEC Innovator U.S. Equity Power Buffer ETF - December -11.56
DNOV FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - November -10.49
BJUL Innovator U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - July -9.74
FNOV FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - November -9.56

AUM Winners

IOCT Innovator International Developed Power Buffer ETF - October 1,202.61%
EOCT Innovator Emerging Markets Power Buffer ETF 608.58%
BALT Innovator Defined Wealth Shield ETF 264.16%
XBOC Innovator U.S. Equity Accelerated 9 Buffer ETF - October - United States of America 203.07%
FSEP FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - September 147.43%

AUM Losers

AZAJ AllianzIM U.S. Large Cap Buffer10 Jan ETF -70.95%
AZAA AllianzIM U.S. Large Cap Buffer10 Apr ETF -59.21%
DSOC Innovator Double Stacker ETF -57.19%
AZAL AllianzIM U.S. Large Cap Buffer10 Jul ETF -52.44%
AZBA AllianzIM U.S. Large Cap Buffer20 Apr ETF -49.87%

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