Exchange-traded fund (ETF) provider and asset manager First Trust is claiming to be the leading provider of actively managed ETFs based on assets under management (AUM) and number of funds offered as of 31 July, 2017.
First Trust, well-known for offering a variety of investment services and products since 1991, began offering ETFs in 2005. Building on its substantial index-based product line, which includes 95 ETFs, First Trust has successfully launched 29 actively managed ETFs since 2012.
“In addition to a robust lineup of passively managed ETFs, First Trust has been highly selective in developing a diversified lineup of actively managed ETFs, focusing on categories where we believe active management offers competitive advantages over passive benchmark indices,” says Ryan Issakainen, CFA, Senior Vice President, Exchange-Traded Fund Strategist at First Trust. The actively managed platform spans several asset classes and strategies, including fixed income, equity, alternatives, multi-asset, managed volatility, risk management and currency hedging. “Whether by active management or passive management, our goal is to provide the highest-quality tools for investment advisors.”
The actively managed funds combine the transparency, tradability and potential efficiency that is inherent in ETFs with the analysis and security selection of an experienced portfolio manager. First Trust has highly experienced specialised management teams and sub-advisors with expertise in niche areas. First Trust believes the flexibility to strategically adjust portfolios as market conditions change, provides the potential to outperform indexes and seek higher risk-adjusted returns over the long term. Because of these key features, First Trust believes actively managed ETFs will increasingly attract investor attention and they are committed to leading the way with creative investment solutions.