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100 Highest Expense Ratio ETFs

While “plain vanilla” passively-managed ETFs offer expense ratios under 10 basis points, many ETFs that implement more complex investment strategies (such as leveraged investing or hedge fund strategies) charge higher fees. Below are the 100 ETFs with the highest expense ratios in the industry. Even the ETFs included on this list feature expense ratios below the average for traditional actively-managed mutual funds, which approximates 1.4%. You may also wish to peruse our list of the 100 ETFs with the lowest expense ratios.

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Symbol Name Expense Ratio ETFdb Category
BIZD Market Vectors BDC Income ETF 9.17% Financials Equities
YMLI Yorkville High Income Infrastructure MLP ETF 6.92% MLPs
AMLP Alerian MLP ETF 5.43% MLPs
YMLP Yorkville High Income MLP ETF 4.65% MLPs
SOYB Soybean Fund 3.49% Agricultural Commodities
WEAT Wheat Fund 3.46% Agricultural Commodities
ALTY SuperDividend Alternatives ETF 3.03% Diversified Portfolio
HDGE Ranger Equity Bear ETF 2.92% Inverse Equities
CORN Corn Fund 2.92% Agricultural Commodities
KBWD KBW High Dividend Yield Financial Portfolio 2.80% Financials Equities
MLPJ Junior MLP ETF 2.78% MLPs
AMZA InfraCap MLP ETF 2.70% MLPs
PSP Listed Private Equity 2.04% Financials Equities
VEGA STAR Global Buy-Write ETF 2.00% Global Equities
AGLS Accuvest Global Long Short ETF 1.97% Long-Short
PCEF CEF Income Composite Portfolio 1.88% Total Bond Market
CANE Sugar Fund 1.76% Agricultural Commodities
EPRO EquityPro ETF 1.71% Global Equities
DBIZ Pring Turner Business Cycle ETF 1.68% Diversified Portfolio
YYY High Income ETF 1.65% Diversified Portfolio
UGAZ 3x Long Natural Gas ETN 1.65% Leveraged Commodities
DGAZ 3x Inverse Natural Gas ETN 1.65% Leveraged Commodities
DSLV 3x Inverse Silver ETN 1.65% Leveraged Commodities
USLV 3x Long Silver ETN 1.65% Leveraged Commodities
XMPT Market Vectors CEF Municipal Income ETF 1.65% National Munis
TVIZ Daily 2x VIX Medium-Term ETN 1.65% Leveraged Volatility
TVIX Daily 2x VIX Short-Term ETN 1.65% Leveraged Volatility
GIVE Global Echo ETF 1.61% Diversified Portfolio
GTAA Cambria Global Tactical ETF 1.61% Diversified Portfolio
FLGE FI Large Cap Growth Enhanced ETN 1.52% Leveraged Equities
FBGX UBS AG FI Enhanced Large Cap Growth ETN 1.52% Leveraged Equities
QEH QAM Equity Hedge ETF 1.50% Hedge Fund
MATH Meidell Tactical Advantage ETF 1.50% Diversified Portfolio
CHEP U.S. Market Neutral Value Fund 1.49% Long-Short
SIZ U.S. Market Neutral Size Fund 1.49% Long-Short
MOM U.S. Market Neutral Momentum Fund 1.49% Long-Short
YPRO YieldPro ETF 1.42% High Yield Bonds
FWDB Madrona Forward Global Bond ETF 1.41% Total Bond Market
DWTI 3x Inverse Crude ETN 1.35% Leveraged Commodities
UWTI 3x Long Crude ETN 1.35% Leveraged Commodities
DGLD 3x Inverse Gold ETN 1.35% Leveraged Commodities
UGLD 3x Long Gold ETN 1.35% Leveraged Commodities
ZIV Daily Inverse VIX Medium-Term ETN 1.35% Inverse Volatility
XIV Daily Inverse VIX Short-Term ETN 1.35% Inverse Volatility
TUTT Tuttle Tactical Management U.S. Core ETF 1.34% All Cap Equities
HYLS High Yield Long/Short ETF 1.29% High Yield Bonds
TUTI Tuttle Tactical Management Multi-Strategy Income ETF 1.28% Diversified Portfolio
AADR WCM/BNY Mellon Focused Growth ADR ETF 1.27% Global Equities
FWDI Madrona Forward International ETF 1.25% Foreign Large Cap Equities
FWDD Madrona Forward Domestic ETF 1.25% Large Cap Blend Equities
GSC GS Connect S&P GSCI Enh Commodity TR ETN 1.25% Commodities
HYLD Peritus High Yield ETF 1.18% High Yield Bonds
FTLS Long/Short Equity ETF 1.17% Long-Short
CVOL C-Tracks ETN Citi Volatility Index Total Return 1.15% Volatility
GDJJ Ultra Junior Miners 1.12% Leveraged Equities
GDXX Ultra Gold Miners 1.11% Commodity Producers Equities
QLS IQ Hedge Long/Short Tracker ETF 1.10% Hedge Fund
FLRT Pacific Asset Enhanced Floating Rate ETF 1.10% Corporate Bonds
IFV Dorsey Wright International Focus 5 ETF 1.10% Global Equities
WBIH WBI Tactical High Income Shares 1.08% Diversified Portfolio
LVL S&P Global Dividend Opportunities Index ETF 1.08% Global Equities
WBII WBI Tactical Income Shares 1.05% Diversified Portfolio
UJB Ultra High Yield 1.05% Leveraged Bonds
NUGT Daily Gold Miners Bull 3x Shares 1.05% Leveraged Equities
IGU Ultra Investment Grade Corporate 1.02% Leveraged Bonds
HTUS Hull Tactical US ETF 1.00% Long-Short
QED IQ Hedge Event-Driven Tracker ETF 1.00% Hedge Fund
WBIL WBI Large Cap Tactical Select Shares 1.00% Large Cap Value Equities
WBIG WBI Large Cap Tactical Yield Shares 1.00% Large Cap Value Equities
WBIF WBI Large Cap Tactical Value Shares 1.00% Large Cap Value Equities
WBIE WBI Large Cap Tactical Growth Shares 1.00% Large Cap Growth Equities
WBID WBI SMID Tactical Select Shares 1.00% Mid Cap Value Equities
WBIC WBI SMID Tactical Yield Shares 1.00% Mid Cap Value Equities
WBIB WBI SMID Tactical Value Shares 1.00% Mid Cap Value Equities
WBIA WBI SMID Tactical Growth Shares 1.00% Mid Cap Growth Equities
TRND US Large Cap Trendpilot ETN 1.00% Large Cap Blend Equities
UWM Ultra Russell2000 1.00% Leveraged Equities
AFTY FTSE China A50 ETF 0.99% China Equities
DIVA Hedged Dividend Income Fund 0.99% Long-Short
DIVI Athena High Dividend ETF 0.99% Global Equities
BTAL U.S. Market Neutral Anti-Beta Fund 0.99% Long-Short
TTFS TrimTabs Float Shrink ETF 0.99% All Cap Equities
URTY UltraPro Russell2000 0.99% Leveraged Equities
MES Market Vectors Gulf States Index ETF 0.99% Emerging Markets Equities
EGPT Egypt Index ETF 0.97% Emerging Markets Equities
GDXS UltraShort Gold Miners 0.95% Leveraged Equities
UTES Utilities 0.95% n/a
PILL Daily Pharmaceutical & Medical Bull 2x Shares 0.95% Leveraged Equities
WDRW Direxion Daily Regional Banks Bear 3x Shares 0.95% Inverse Equities
DPST Direxion Daily Regional Banks Bull 3x Shares 0.95% Leveraged Equities
CLAW Daily Homebuilders & Supplies Bear 3x Shares 0.95% Inverse Equities
NAIL Daily Homebuilders & Supplies Bull 3x Shares 0.95% Leveraged Equities
KLEM Gavekal Knowledge Leaders Emerging Markets ETF 0.95% Emerging Markets Equities
MLPV ETRACS 2xMonthly Leveraged S&P MLP Index ETN 0.95% Leveraged Equities
SOP UltraShort Oil & Gas Exploration & Production 0.95% Leveraged Equities
UOP Ultra Oil & Gas Exploration & Production 0.95% Leveraged Equities
HBZ UltraShort Homebuilders & Supplies 0.95% Inverse Equities
HBU Ultra Homebuilders & Supplies 0.95% Leveraged Equities
ZBIO UltraPro Short NASDAQ Biotechnology 0.95% Inverse Equities

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