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 December 31, 2011.

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ETF NameTickerAsset Category3 Mo1 Yr3 Yr5 Yr
iShares Barclays 1-3 Year Treasury BondSHYShort Government0.081.391.343.57
iShares Barclays 1-3 Year Credit BondCSJShort-Term Bond0.661.713.89
Vanguard Short-Term Bond ETFBSVShort-Term Bond0.192.812.75
iShares Barclays TIPS BondTIPInflation-Protected Bond2.7713.289.427.84
SPDR DB Intl Govt Infl-Protected BondWIPInflation-Protected Bond0.431.228.11
iShares Barclays 3-7 Year Treasury BondIEIIntermediate Government0.828.204.18
iShares Barclays 7-10 Year TreasuryIEFLong Government1.0815.445.668.94
iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treas BondTLTLong Government1.1433.564.4510.96
iShares Barclays Aggregate BondAGGIntermediate Bond1.127.675.776.31
iShares Barclays Intermediate Credit BondCIUIntermediate Bond1.305.538.34
Vanguard Total Bond Market ETFBNDIntermediate Bond0.997.665.73
iShares Barclays Interm Govt/Credit BondGVIIntermediate Bond0.755.764.39
iShares iBoxx High Yield Corporate BondHYGHigh Yield Bond10.026.1815.24
SPDR Barclays Capital High Yield BondJNKHigh Yield Bond8.303.8518.23
SPDR Barclays Capital Intl Treasury BondBWXWorld Bond(0.33)3.744.33
SPDR Barclays Capital Intl Corp BondIBNDWorld Bond(3.16)(0.42)
iShares JPMorgan USD Emerg Markets BondEMBEmerging Markets Bond5.387.2511.08
PowerShares Emerging Mkts Sovereign DebtPCYEmerging Markets Bond6.018.4417.81
Rydex S&P 500 Equal WeightRSPLarge Cap12.24(0.68)20.361.07
SPDR S&P 500SPYLarge Cap10.851.1813.70(0.44)
PowerShares Nasdaq 100QQQLarge Growth6.653.3624.225.88
iShares S&P 500 Growth IndexIVWLarge Growth10.674.4016.312.24
SPDR S&P DividendSDYLarge Value12.007.1114.071.40
SPDR Dow Jones Industrial AverageDIALarge Value12.307.7314.562.16
SPDR S&P MidCap 400MDYMid-Cap Blend12.57(2.15)19.312.98
iShares Russell Midcap IndexIWRMid-Cap Blend12.10(1.78)20.091.31
iShares S&P MidCap 400 Growth IndexIJKMid-Cap Growth10.15(1.34)22.005.05
iShares Russell Midcap Growth IndexIWPMid-Cap Growth11.23(1.88)21.852.24
iShares S&P MidCap 400 Value IndexIJJMid-Cap Value15.74(2.68)17.001.15
iShares Russell Midcap Value IndexIWSMid-Cap Value13.29(1.57)17.75(0.07)
iShares S&P SmallCap 600 IndexIJRSmall Cap17.080.7917.091.84
iShares Russell 2000 IndexIWMSmall Cap15.25(4.44)15.920.16
iShares S&P SmallCap 600 GrowthIJTSmall Growth15.803.2619.483.72
iShares Russell 2000 Growth IndexIWOSmall Growth14.95(3.00)19.102.09
iShares S&P SmallCap 600 Value IndexIJSSmall Value18.41(1.65)14.230.01
iShares Russell 2000 Value IndexIWNSmall Value15.85(5.84)12.29(1.97)
iShares Russell Microcap IndexIWCMicro Cap14.03(9.84)13.06(4.32)
Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US ETFVEUForeign Large Cap6.01(14.00)9.78
iShares MSCI ACWI ex US IndexACWXForeign Large Cap6.46(14.03)8.97
iShares MSCI EAFE IndexEFAForeign Large Cap4.87(12.23)6.42(4.81)
iShares MSCI Australia IndexEWAForeign Large Cap10.15(11.61)19.622.23
iShares MSCI Japan IndexEWJForeign Large Cap(2.56)(14.77)(0.11)(7.19)
iShares MSCI Canada IndexEWCForeign Large Cap5.76(12.45)17.092.79
iShares MSCI Germany IndexEWGForeign Large Cap5.20(17.62)2.39(4.11)
iShares MSCI Sweden IndexEWDForeign Large Cap9.35(16.70)20.75(1.58)
iShares MSCI Switzerland IndexEWLForeign Large Cap4.52(7.89)8.78(0.21)
iShares MSCI United Kingdom IndexEWUForeign Large Cap11.00(3.95)12.97(3.86)
Market Vectors Russia ETFRSXForeign Large Cap7.67(28.14)28.05
PowerShares DWA Dev Mkts Technical LdrsPIZForeign Large Growth7.17(18.97)10.56
PowerShares Intl Dividend AchieversPIDForeign Large Value6.82(2.40)15.17(1.87)
SPDR S&P International Small CapGWXForeign Small/Mid Growth0.20(18.03)12.37
Vanguard FTSE All-Wld ex-US SmCp Idx ETFVSSForeign Small/Mid Growth2.10(19.60)
iShares FTSE China 25 Index FundFXIEmerging Equities13.36(17.57)7.800.36
iShares MSCI Brazil IndexEWZEmerging Equities11.16(24.17)21.947.68
iShares MSCI BRIC IndexBKFEmerging Equities7.90(24.76)15.78
iShares MSCI Chile IndexECHEmerging Equities8.56(26.51)26.07
iShares MSCI Emerging Markets IndexEEMEmerging Equities9.10(18.83)16.891.69
iShares MSCI Hong Kong IndexEWHEmerging Equities9.17(16.22)17.242.27
iShares MSCI Malaysia IndexEWMEmerging Equities13.64(2.71)26.3911.65
iShares MSCI Mexico IndexEWWEmerging Equities10.47(12.00)20.092.62
iShares MSCI Singapore IndexEWSEmerging Equities0.95(18.68)19.223.04
iShares MSCI South Africa IndexEZAEmerging Equities9.91(15.75)20.384.58
SPDR S&P Emerging Markets Small CapEWXEmerging Small/Mid2.17(30.19)18.84
PowerShares DB AgricultureDBAAgriculture(2.65)(10.73)3.30
PowerShares DB Commodity Index TrackingDBCCommodities4.23(2.58)8.202.60
GreenHaven Continuous Commodity IndexGCCCommodities(1.38)(9.20)10.93
Consumer Discret Select Sector SPDRXLYConsumer Discretionary12.575.9623.821.90
SPDR S&P HomebuildersXHBConsumer Discretionary29.01(0.06)14.43(13.06)
Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDRXLPConsumer Staples10.5114.0614.037.26
SPDR S&P RetailXRTConsumer Staples14.189.7238.966.58
Energy Select Sector SPDRXLEEnergy18.632.8415.074.93
PowerShares DB EnergyDBEEnergy7.432.7511.19
Financial Select Sector SPDRXLFFinancial10.76(17.14)2.63(16.87)
Rydex S&P Equal Weight FinancialsRYFFinancial10.86(12.60)12.13(12.33)
SPDR Dow Jones Intl Real EstateRWXGlobal Real Estate(0.69)(16.19)11.66(8.63)
SPDR Dow Jones Global Real EstateRWOGlobal Real Estate7.49(3.75)16.37
Health Care Select Sector SPDRXLVHealth9.9312.3711.532.66
SPDR S&P BiotechXBIHealth11.585.267.437.93
Industrial Select Sector SPDRXLIIndustrials16.25(1.12)15.441.41
Materials Select Sector SPDRXLBNatural Resources14.90(10.70)16.831.76
IQ Global Resources ETFGRESNatural Resources3.62(11.96)
iShares Silver TrustSLVCommodities Precious Metals(6.81)(10.74)33.7915.95
SPDR Gold SharesGLDCommodities Precious Metals(3.84)9.5720.6519.20
PowerShares DB Precious MetalsDBPCommodities Precious Metals(4.60)3.9821.88
iShares Dow Jones US Real EstateIYRReal Estate13.495.4620.32(3.10)
Technology Select Sector SPDRXLKTechnology8.302.5820.013.16
iShares Dow Jones US TechnologyIYWTechnology8.23(0.14)22.393.70
iShares S&P Global Timber & Forestry IdxWOODTimber9.33(15.40)10.62
Utilities Select Sector SPDRXLUUtilities8.1819.5312.043.47
ProShares Short MSCI EAFEEFZTrading-Inverse Equity(7.89)2.88(14.99)
ProShares Short S&P500SHTrading-Inverse Equity(12.34)(7.82)(17.52)(4.50)
ProShares Short 20+ Year TreasuryTBFTrading-Inverse Debt(3.05)(29.56)
PowerShares DB US Dollar Index BearishUDNTrading-Miscellaneous(1.14)(0.92)0.86
PowerShares DB US Dollar Index BullishUUPCurrency0.74(1.06)(3.09)
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETNVXXHedge Fund(33.43)(5.53)
IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Tracker ETFQAIHedge Fund0.52(1.20)
iShares Diversified Alternatives TrustALTHedge Fund(0.08)(3.56)
Barclays S&P 500 Dynamic VEQTOR ETNVQTHedge Fund1.82(1.71)(2.32)
WisdomTree Managed FuturesWDTIManaged Futures(3.41)
Credit Suisse Long/Short Liquid Idx ETNCSLSLong/Short Equity3.64(0.37)