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The costs and fees for actively managed ETFs are comparable to a mutual fund. [PIMCO Helps Put Actively Managed ETFs on the Map]

When it comes down to long term investment strategies, intraday trading, an attribute of all ETFs, is not that important. The ability to trade throughout the day can cause more harm, as investors may be compelled to trade simply because they can. In turn, this can add up the transaction costs.

When the comparison is between passive ETFs versus active ETFs, the possibility for both of them to deviate from intraday  indicate value is present in both. “Actively managed ETFs can trade at a premium to intraday indicative value, which is a risk that investors in actively managed ETFs need to manage. With an open-ended mutual fund, there is no deviation from NAV, which is published after each trading day,” David Zuckerman of Zuckerman Capital Management said. [Index Providers Take on Active Management with ETFs]

Overall, the choice of using an active ETF versus a passive ETF is up to an investor. The same benefits that pertain to regular index ETFs all apply to actively managed ETFs, so the question is not about either’or, it just depends on what strategically fits into an individual’s portfolio. Lucky for investors, the choices are about to get plentiful.

Tisha Guerrero contributed to this article.