ETFs first arrived on the US market in 1993. Actively managed ETFs did not arrive until 15 years later in 2008. Actively managed ETFs will celebrate their second birthday later this week on March 25, 2010.

As of today, there have been a total of 27 actively managed ETFs launched in the US. The first one was Bear Stearns Current Yield (former ticker YYY), which also has the dubious distinction of being the first actively managed ETF to be delisted, barely six months after its launch.

Later this week on March 24, WisdomTree US Short-Term Government Income (USY) will become the second actively managed ETF to be delisted. Unless there are some additional launches this week, there will be a total of 25 actively managed ETFs trading on Thursday for the two-year industry birthday celebration.

So far, 2008 saw the most launches of actively managed ETFs with 14 new funds. Looking at the data by type of fund reveals that equity and currency strategies have been the most popular with nine each. There have been seven actively managed bond ETFs and two multi-asset funds.

The table below lists all 27 actively managed ETFs sorted by launch date.



# Ticker Name Type Listed De-listed
1 YYY Bear Stearns Current Yield Bond 03/25/08 10/01/08
2 PQY PowerShares Active AlphaQ Equity 04/11/08
3 PQZ PowerShares Active Alpha Multi-Cap Equity 04/11/08
4 PLK PowerShares Active Low Duration Bond 04/14/08
5 PMA PowerShares Active Mega-Cap Portfolio Equity 04/14/08
6 CYB WisdomTree Dreyfus Chinese Yuan Currency 05/14/08
7 BZF WisdomTree Dreyfus Brazilian Real Currency 05/14/08
8 ICN WisdomTree Dreyfus Indian Rupe Currency 05/14/08
9 EU WisdomTree Dreyfus Euro Currency 05/14/08
10 USY WisdomTree U.S. Short-Term Govt Income Currency 05/20/08 03/24/10
11 JYF WisdomTree Dreyfus Japan Yen Currency 05/21/08
12 BNZ WisdomTree Dreyfus New Zealand Dollar Currency 06/25/08
13 SZR WisdomTree Dreyfus S. African Rand Currency 06/25/08
14 PSR PowerShares Active U.S. Real Estate Fund Equity 11/20/08
15 GVT Grail American Beacon Large Cap Value Equity 05/04/09
16 CEW WisdomTree Dreyfus Emerging Currency Currency 05/06/09
17 DENT Dent Tactical ETF Multi-Asset 09/16/09
18 RFF Grail RP Financials ETF Equity 10/02/09
19 RWG Grail RP Focused Large Cap Growth ETF Equity 10/02/09
20 RPX Grail RP Growth ETF Equity 10/02/09
21 RPQ Grail RP Technology ETF Equity 10/02/09
22 ALT iShares Diversified Alternative Trust Multi-Asset 11/16/09
23 MINT PIMCO Enhanced Short Maturity Strategy Bond 11/17/09
24 MUNI PIMCO Intermediate Muni Bond Strategy Bond 12/01/09
25 GMTB Grail McDonnell Core Taxable Bond ETF Bond 01/29/10
26 GMMB Grail McDonnell Intermediate Municipal Bnd Bond 01/29/10
27 SMMU PIMCO Short Term Municipal Bond Strategy Bond 02/03/10

Disclosure covering writer, editor, and publisher: No positions in any of the securities mentioned. No positions in any of the companies or ETF sponsors mentioned. No income, revenue, or other compensation (either directly or indirectly) received from, or on behalf of, any of the companies or ETF sponsors mentioned.