Our 100 Favorite ETFs

These are our 100 Favorite ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds) to follow the financial markets. Many of these can be considered for your investment portfolio, while others give us a flavor for what is happening in the financial markets across the world. Our List of Exchange Traded Funds includes the most actively traded exchange traded funds along with those that we feel are the best in each asset category.
Investment returns shown are as of March 31, 2012.

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ETF NameTickerAsset Category3 Mo1 Yr3 Yr5 Yr
iShares Barclays 1-3 Year Treasury BondSHYShort Government(0.13)1.431.343.26
iShares Barclays 1-3 Year Credit BondCSJShort-Term Bond1.142.474.744.18
Vanguard Short-Term Bond ETFBSVShort-Term Bond0.403.323.50
iShares Barclays TIPS BondTIPInflation-Protected Bond0.8212.048.457.47
SPDR DB Intl Govt Infl-Protected BondWIPInflation-Protected Bond6.524.5412.00
iShares Barclays 3-7 Year Treasury BondIEIIntermediate Government(0.58)7.774.086.58
iShares Barclays 7-10 Year TreasuryIEFLong Government(1.83)13.965.588.25
iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treas BondTLTLong Government(7.01)26.406.079.29
iShares Barclays Aggregate BondAGGIntermediate Bond0.147.866.416.07
iShares Barclays Intermediate Credit BondCIUIntermediate Bond2.157.259.486.22
Vanguard Total Bond Market ETFBNDIntermediate Bond0.177.856.54
iShares Barclays Interm Govt/Credit BondGVIIntermediate Bond0.245.885.265.57
iShares iBoxx High Yield Corporate BondHYGHigh Yield Bond2.636.2620.12
SPDR Barclays Capital High Yield BondJNKHigh Yield Bond3.575.4422.38
SPDR Barclays Capital Intl Treasury BondBWXWorld Bond2.213.837.19
SPDR Barclays Capital Intl Corp BondIBNDWorld Bond7.753.54
iShares JPMorgan USD Emerging Markets BondEMBEmerging Markets Bond3.5210.9615.55
PowerShares Emerging Markets Sovereign DebtPCYEmerging Markets Bond3.7711.9116.19
Guggenheim S&P 500 Equal WeightRSPLarge Cap12.474.3229.792.92
SPDR S&P 500SPYLarge Cap12.668.3323.341.96
PowerShares Nasdaq 100QQQLarge Growth21.1918.6231.519.81
iShares S&P 500 Growth IndexIVWLarge Growth12.1711.5123.564.65
SPDR S&P DividendSDYLarge Value5.898.1123.162.31
SPDR Dow Jones Industrial AverageDIALarge Value8.799.8723.364.01
SPDR S&P MidCap 400MDYMid-Cap Blend13.281.4028.064.36
iShares Russell Midcap IndexIWRMid-Cap Blend12.622.9328.982.79
iShares S&P MidCap 400 Growth IndexIJKMid-Cap Growth14.062.6029.636.64
iShares Russell Midcap Growth IndexIWPMid-Cap Growth14.424.1729.024.19
iShares S&P MidCap 400 Value IndexIJJMid-Cap Value12.820.8926.882.54
iShares Russell Midcap Value IndexIWSMid-Cap Value11.382.0429.161.10
iShares S&P SmallCap 600 IndexIJRSmall Cap12.064.9529.303.56
iShares Russell 2000 IndexIWMSmall Cap12.62(0.16)27.112.15
iShares S&P SmallCap 600 GrowthIJTSmall Growth11.225.3930.015.04
iShares Russell 2000 Growth IndexIWOSmall Growth13.440.8228.414.31
iShares S&P SmallCap 600 Value IndexIJSSmall Value12.934.5327.932.04
iShares Russell 2000 Value IndexIWNSmall Value11.62(1.20)25.10(0.09)
iShares Russell Microcap IndexIWCMicro Cap15.40(2.02)25.54(1.63)
Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US ETFVEUForeign Large Cap11.53(7.18)19.25(1.34)
iShares MSCI ACWI ex US IndexACWXForeign Large Cap10.92(7.60)18.42
iShares MSCI EAFE IndexEFAForeign Large Cap10.82(5.75)16.82(3.62)
iShares MSCI Australia IndexEWAForeign Large Cap9.65(7.38)25.232.43
iShares MSCI Japan IndexEWJForeign Large Cap11.690.6810.54(5.62)
iShares MSCI Canada IndexEWCForeign Large Cap6.54(13.97)21.903.37
iShares MSCI Germany IndexEWGForeign Large Cap21.12(7.95)18.65(1.70)
iShares MSCI Sweden IndexEWDForeign Large Cap15.39(8.45)31.200.48
iShares MSCI Switzerland IndexEWLForeign Large Cap10.651.0820.131.34
iShares MSCI United Kingdom IndexEWUForeign Large Cap7.05(0.27)21.74(3.08)
Market Vectors Russia ETFRSXForeign Large Cap15.85(24.19)31.29
PowerShares DWA Dev Mkts Technical LeadersPIZForeign Large Growth11.92(10.13)20.04
PowerShares International Dividend AchieversPIDForeign Large Value5.91(2.07)24.25(1.23)
SPDR S&P International Small CapGWXForeign Small/Mid Growth14.30(6.00)24.45
Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US Small Cap IndexVSSForeign Small/Mid Growth14.70(9.87)
iShares FTSE China 25 Index FundFXIEmerging Equities5.15(16.84)10.463.07
iShares MSCI Brazil IndexEWZEmerging Equities12.67(14.69)23.729.14
iShares MSCI BRIC IndexBKFEmerging Equities12.71(17.18)19.99
iShares MSCI Chile IndexECHEmerging Equities18.35(3.56)27.03
iShares MSCI Emerging Markets IndexEEMEmerging Equities13.19(10.06)22.083.89
iShares MSCI Hong Kong IndexEWHEmerging Equities12.77(5.58)22.834.64
iShares MSCI Malaysia IndexEWMEmerging Equities8.963.0631.899.79
iShares MSCI Mexico IndexEWWEmerging Equities16.290.8233.864.51
iShares MSCI Singapore IndexEWSEmerging Equities19.02(1.94)31.364.75
iShares MSCI South Africa IndexEZAEmerging Equities12.84(2.65)26.805.98
SPDR S&P Emerging Markets Small CapEWXEmerging Small/Mid21.73(10.05)26.58
PowerShares DB AgricultureDBAAgriculture(2.70)(17.91)4.692.80
PowerShares DB Commodity Index TrackingDBCCommodities7.30(5.60)12.923.40
GreenHaven Continuous Commodity IndexGCCCommodities1.20(14.05)11.32
Consumer Discret Select Sector SPDRXLYConsumer Discretionary15.9117.2833.935.14
SPDR S&P HomebuildersXHBConsumer Discretionary25.0718.3327.82(6.70)
Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDRXLPConsumer Staples5.4517.1820.707.93
SPDR S&P RetailXRTConsumer Staples16.7421.7640.458.67
Energy Select Sector SPDRXLEEnergy4.21(8.58)21.175.20
PowerShares DB EnergyDBEEnergy8.80(4.45)15.862.55
Financial Select Sector SPDRXLFFinancial21.88(1.97)23.17(13.00)
Guggenheim S&P 500 Eq Weight FinancialsRYFFinancial19.32(0.28)31.75(9.23)
SPDR Dow Jones Intl Real EstateRWXGlobal Real Estate16.42(1.80)25.55(6.89)
SPDR Dow Jones Global Real EstateRWOGlobal Real Estate12.845.6533.92
Health Care Select Sector SPDRXLVHealth8.9615.9818.114.24
SPDR S&P BiotechXBIHealth21.1720.5018.6711.16
Industrial Select Sector SPDRXLIIndustrials11.391.5429.323.26
Materials Select Sector SPDRXLBNatural Resources10.78(5.58)21.502.01
IQ Global Resources ETFGRESNatural Resources3.82(9.89)
iShares Silver TrustSLVCommodities Precious Metals16.48(14.66)34.8418.64
SPDR Gold SharesGLDCommodities Precious Metals6.6615.9221.5519.77
PowerShares DB Precious MetalsDBPCommodities Precious Metals8.267.3222.9717.99
iShares Dow Jones US Real EstateIYRReal Estate10.608.9640.19(1.65)
Technology Select Sector SPDRXLKTechnology18.8817.4926.366.71
iShares Dow Jones US TechnologyIYWTechnology21.9317.6928.778.13
iShares S&P Global Timber & Forestry IndexWOODTimber11.22(16.78)25.40
Utilities Select Sector SPDRXLUUtilities(1.70)14.4715.831.32
ProShares Short MSCI EAFEEFZTrading-Inverse Equity(10.64)(4.01)(21.26)
ProShares Short S&P500SHTrading-Inverse Equity(11.51)(13.14)(22.90)(7.12)
ProShares Short 20+ Year TreasuryTBFTrading-Inverse Debt6.60(25.03)
PowerShares DB US Dollar Index BearishUDNCurrency2.16(2.52)2.831.95
PowerShares DB US Dollar Index BullishUUPCurrency(2.49)0.55(5.08)(2.14)
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETNVXXHedge Fund(52.77)(42.87)(66.66)
IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Tracker ETFQAIHedge Fund2.402.894.93
iShares Diversified Alternatives TrustALTHedge Fund(0.06)(4.15)
Barclays S&P 500 Dynamic Veqtor ETNVQTHedge Fund1.82(1.71)(2.32)
WisdomTree Managed FuturesWDTIManaged Futures(4.36)(15.55)
Credit Suisse Long/Short Liquid Index ETNCSLSLong/Short Equity4.850.73