Top Actively Managed ETFs by Assets

Top Actively Managed ETFs

One of the most common misconceptions I hear about exchange traded funds (ETFs) is that they are all passively managed, market cap weighted index trackers. While that would describe many of the largest and most popular ETFs, especially the original low-cost trackers of the S&P 500 index, there are an increasing number of actively managed ETFs, mostly in fixed income markets where active managers still claim they have an edge over passive benchmarking.

Below is a quick list of 50 top actively managed ETFs by assets as of November 2018. Although the total expense ratio of many of these funds between 0.25% and 0.75% is higher than that of many passive index trackers, these expense ratios are still not much higher than those of many other bond ETFs, and are often significantly lower than those of actively managed mutual funds (that are not exchange traded).

Ticker Name AUM TER
MINT PIMCO Enhanced Short Maturity Strategy Fund $11.1B 0.35
NEAR iShares Short Maturity Bond ETF $4.9B 0.25
SRLN SPDR Blackstone/ GSO Senior Loan ETF $3.4B 0.7
FPE First Trust Preferred Securities and Income ETF $3.4B 0.85
JPST JPMorgan Ultra-Short Income ETF $3.3B 0.18
FTSM First Trust Enhanced Short Maturity ETF $3.1B 0.35
TOTL SPDR DoubleLine Total Return Tactical ETF $2.8B 0.55
PDBC Invesco Optimum Yield Diversified Commodity Strategy No K-1 ETF $2.5B 0.59
EMLP First Trust North American Energy Infrastructure Fund $2.1B 0.95
BOND PIMCO Total Return ETF $1.9B 0.61
FTSL First Trust Senior Loan Exchange-Traded Fund $1.9B 0.88
LMBS First Trust Low Duration Mortgage Opportunities ETF $1.7B 0.68
GSY Invesco Ultra Short Duration ETF $1.6B 0.25
HYLS First Trust Tactical High Yield ETF $1.3B 1.1
ARKK ARK Innovation ETF $1.2B 0.75
COMT iShares Commodities Select Strategy ETF $729.7M 0.48
VNLA Janus Short Duration Income ETF $725.6M 0.35
GDVD Principal Active Global Dividend Income ETF $657.5M 0.58
ICSH iShares Ultra Short-Term Bond ETF $596.8M 0.08
AMZA InfraCap MLP ETF $526.2M 1.93
ARKW ARK Web x.0 ETF $498.2M 0.75
RFDI First Trust RiverFront Dynamic Developed International ETF $486.3M 0.83
FMB First Trust Managed Municipal ETF $456.4M 0.5
VRIG Invesco Variable Rate Investment Grade ETF $446.7M 0.3
FBND Fidelity Total Bond ETF $430.4M 0.36
HYGH iShares Interest Rate Hedged High Yield Bond ETF $414.2M 0.54
SECT Main Sector Rotation ETF $379.7M 0.78
FIXD First Trust TCW Opportunistic Fixed Income ETF $323.6M 0.55
HTRB Hartford Total Return Bond ETF $319.3M 0.29
YLD Principal EDGE Active Income ETF $293.4M 0.65
MUNI PIMCO Intermediate Municipal Bond Strategy Fund $274.5M 0.35
ARKG ARK Genomic Revolution Multi-Sector ETF $264.4M 0.75
GAL SPDR SSgA Global Allocation ETF $239.8M 0.35
IG Principal Investment Grade Corporate Active ETF $225.9M 0.26
WBIH WBI Bull|Bear Global High Income ETF $224.3M 1.21
HUSE US Equity Rotation Strategy ETF $222.7M 1.13
FTGC First Trust Global Tactical Commodity Strategy Fund $216.4M 0.95
LQDH iShares Interest Rate Hedged Corporate Bond ETF $215.4M 0.24
DWLD Davis Select Worldwide ETF $213.5M 0.65
RAVI FlexShares Ready Access Variable Income Fund $211.3M 0.25
LDUR PIMCO Low Duration ETF $203.2M 0.6
FFTI FormulaFolios Income ETF $203M 1.05
FCVT First Trust SSI Strategic Convertible Securities ETF $197.5M 0.95
FTSD Franklin Short Duration U.S. Government ETF $191.6M 0.25
JPHF JPMorgan Diversified Alternatives ETF $187.7M 0.85
FLTB Fidelity Limited Term Bond ETF $184.5M 0.36
HYLD AdvisorShares Peritus High Yield ETF $181.5M 1.25
AIEQ AI Powered Equity ETF $175.6M 0.75
JPGB JPMorgan Global Bond Opportunities ETF $173.7M 0.55
ELD WisdomTree Emerging Markets Local Debt Fund $167.1M 0.55