Odds & Ends: AI Funds Open and Close

Odds & Ends: AI Funds Open and Close

It’s boom and bust for funds using artificial intelligence.

Reviewed by: Lisa Barr
Edited by: Lisa Barr

Artificial intelligence has been dominating headlines, with the current boom in machine learning sending Nvidia’s stock soaring after blockbuster earnings.

This week, exchange-traded funds using machine learning algorithms opened and closed, showing the volatility inherent in any new technique or technology. 

On Tuesday, the Alpha Intelligent - Large Cap Growth ETF (AILG) and the Alpha Intelligent - Large Cap Value ETF (AILV) closed. The funds’ prospectuses touted that they would combine human expertise with “powerful machine learning,” to execute growth and value strategies in trading large cap stocks. Apparently, not powerful enough. 

On Wednesday the QRAFT AI-Pilot U.S. Large Cap Dynamic Beta and Income ETF (AIDB) debuted. The fourth machine-learning-based ETF from QRAFT, AIDB uses a risk-predicting algorithm to move its assets between large cap stocks and short-term Treasuries based on how likely it predicts a market downturn to be. 

On Monday, two buffer ETFs launched from First Trust, the FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Moderate Buffer ETF – May (GMAY) and the FT Cboe Vest U.S. Small Cap Moderate Buffer ETF - May (SMAY).

These funds match the performance of the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY) and the iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) up to a predetermined level, while absorbing the first 15% of losses. The funds also only do this for the period between May 22, 2023 and May 17, 2024. 

On Tuesday, BlackRock launched two new actively managed ETFs in a push to get investors to make active ETFs part of their core portfolio: the BlackRock Flexible Income ETF (BINC) and the BlackRock Large Cap Value ETF (BLCV). BINC is a broad-based fixed income fund, while BLCV is a value-oriented large cap stock fund. 

Finally, on Thursday, the Global X Carbon Credits Strategy ETF (NTRL) launched, allowing investors to get access to futures which track the cap-and-trade markets for greenhouse gas emissions. 


On Thursday, the Fount Subscription Economy ETF (SUBS) closed. The fund was a thematic ETF that invested in companies that offer recurring subscriptions for products or services. 


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Gabe Alpert is a former data reporter at etf.com with over seven years’ experience in financial journalism. He also previously contributed reporting and analysis to Barron’s Magazine, Investopedia and other publications.