Balchunas points out five popular actively managed ETF strategies launched this year:

SPDR Blackstone/GSO Senior Loan ETF (NYSEArca: SRLN). Investors have sought out senior bank loan related investments to generate high yields with floating rates as a way to hedge against a rising rate environment. SRNL has a 2.8% yield and a 0.90% expense ratio. [2013 Could be the Year of the Bank Loan ETF]

Cambria Shareholder Yield ETF (NYSEArca: SYLD). This strategy follows that shareholder yield should also include stock buybacks and paying down debt, along with how much a company gives back to shareholders. The active ETF includes 100 companies with attractive shareholder yield and equally weights the portfolio. SYLD has a 0.59% expense ratio. [All The Good Stuff in One Yield ETF]

PIMCO Foreign Currency Strategy ETF (NYSEArca: FORX). This ETF tracks non-U.S. dollar currencies, with large weights toward the Canadian dollar, Norwegian krone, Swedish krona, Russia ruble and Brazilian real. FORX has a 0.65% expense ratio. [Currency ETFs for Diversification]

AdvisorShares Athena International Bear ETF (NYSEArca: HDGI). The bear strategy seeks out “low conviction” stocks in international markets to short, or bet against. HDGI has a 2.0% expense ratio. [AdvisorShares Readies International Bear ETF]

First Trust Preferred Securities and Income Fund (NYSEArca: FPE). Active managers seek out preferred securities to help generate yield. The asset is a type of hybrid stock that provides steady income like a bond. However, the securities are sensitive to rising interest rates. FPE has a 0.85% expense ratio. [High-Yield Preferred ETFs Stabilize After Downdraft]

For more information on active ETFs, visit our actively managed ETFs category.

Max Chen contributed to this article.