The actively managed exchange traded fund (ETF) industry surged to a milestone of its own at the close of 2010.

Actively managed ETFs, which have struggled to gain more of the spotlight, moved past the $3 billion in assets mark last year, reports Murray Coleman at Barron’s. [What’s Ahead for Active ETFs In 2011?]

Many providers are ramping up their efforts to introduce their own lineup of such ETFs this year. The main roadblock at this point has been regulatory hurdles, which have delayed many active ETFs in the pipeline. [Active ETF Provider Grail Has Deal In the Works.]

Could 2011 become the year of the actively managed ETF? Only time will tell, but this segment of the ETF industry is heating up, slowly but surely.

The most popular actively managed ETFs are:

  • Pimco Enhanced Short Maturity (NYSEArca: MINT) $785.5 million
  • WisdomTree Dreyfus Chinese Yuan (NYSEArca: CYB) $639.3 million
  • WisdomTree Emerging Markets Local Debt (NYSEArca: ELD) $567 million

Tisha Guerrero contributed to this article.

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