10 Great Active ETFs To Buy

Unlike indexed funds, active ETFs have portfolio managers doing the stock-picking. Here are ten we like.

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Investors weren't ready for actively managed exchange-traded funds (ETFs) back in 2008, when the first one launched. That ETF, a short-term bond strategy called Bear Stearns Current Yield, closed before its first-year anniversary as the financial crisis was unfolding, without having attracted much money. Times have changed. Active ETFs, through which managers target individual stocks instead of broader indexes, are pulling in billions these days. 

Over the past 12 months through the end of March, actively managed ETFs have garnered $157 billion, or 22% of all net ETF inflows (the sum of money deposited minus money that's withdrawn). A decade ago, active ETF strategies claimed just 2% of all net inflows, says Aniket Ullal, head of ETF data and analytics for investment research firm CFRA Research, with the bulk of assets going into far more popular index-tracking ETFs.

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Nellie S. Huang
Senior Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Nellie joined Kiplinger in August 2011 after a seven-year stint in Hong Kong. There, she worked for the Wall Street Journal Asia, where as lifestyle editor, she launched and edited Scene Asia, an online guide to food, wine, entertainment and the arts in Asia. Prior to that, she was an editor at Weekend Journal, the Friday lifestyle section of the Wall Street Journal Asia. Kiplinger isn't Nellie's first foray into personal finance: She has also worked at SmartMoney (rising from fact-checker to senior writer), and she was a senior editor at Money.