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5 Things Advisors Need to Know About Actively Managed ETFs

Less than five years after their debut, actively managed exchange traded-funds – whether rules-based or selected by actual human beings – are still a bit player in the overall ETF universe, accounting for roughly $5.2 billion in assets at the end of 2011 according to AdvisorShares.

That’s a drop in the bucket compared to their index-based ETF brethren which hold more than $1.05 trillion in investor assets.

But actively managed ETFs are on the come. AdvisorShares, a leading-sponsor of actively-managed ETFs and one of the first firms to apply for exemptive relief status with the SEC, currently offers 13 actively-managed ETFs via the NYSE Arca.

In February, PIMCO launched its Total Return Exchange-Traded Fund (TRXT), just the latest sure sign that these funds are starting to come of age.

Source: AdvisorShares