This is the week that actively managed exchange-traded funds get their biggest booster shot since they first arrived, less than five years ago.

Pacific Investment Management Co., aka PIMCO, launches the Total Return Exchange-Traded Fund (TRXT) on Thursday, which is March 1. Its manager: Bill Gross, who built the Total Return Fund into the world's largest mutual fund over the past 25 years. Its total assets exceed $250 billion by Morningstar's count, even after a down year in 2011.

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