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, 2012.

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ETF NameTickerAsset Category3 Mo1 Yr3 Yr5 Yr
iShares Barclays 1-3 Year Treasury BondSHYShort Government0.040.311.322.20
Vanguard Short-Term Corp Bond ETFVCSHShort-Term Bond0.535.744.72
Vanguard Short-Term Bond ETFBSVShort-Term Bond0.
iShares Barclays TIPS BondTIPInflation-Protected Bond0.656.808.716.89
SPDR DB Intl Govt Infl-Protected BondWIPWorld Bond3.9514.017.65
iShares Barclays 3-7 Year Treasury BondIEIIntermediate Government(0.03)2.095.545.47
iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treas BondTLTLong Government(0.97)3.2514.659.60
iShares Core Total US Bond Market ETFAGGIntermediate Bond0.204.045.965.78
iShares Barclays Intermediate Credit BdCIUIntermediate Bond0.927.816.816.46
PIMCO Total Return ETFBONDIntermediate Bond1.54
Vanguard Total Bond Market ETFBNDIntermediate Bond0.
iShares iBoxx High Yield Corporate BondHYGHigh Yield Bond3.1313.8310.547.67
SPDR Barclays High Yield BondJNKHigh Yield Bond3.2914.3410.947.50
SPDR BarCap ST High Yield Bond ETFSJNKHigh Yield Bond2.45
SPDR Barclays International Treasury BdBWXWorld Bond(0.04)5.854.524.89
PowerShares International Corporate BondPICBWorld Bond3.8316.39
iShares JPMorgan USD Emerg Markets BondEMBEmerging Markets Bond2.7017.6412.029.54
PowerShares Emerging Mkts Sovereign DebtPCYEmerging Markets Bond3.5921.0013.5210.71
PowerShares Senior Loan PortBKLNBank Loan1.2610.26
SPDR S&P 500SPYLarge Cap(0.41)15.8410.761.60
Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETFVIGLarge Cap0.6111.6210.783.58
Guggenheim S&P 500 Equal WeightRSPLarge Cap2.6917.0512.214.07
PowerShares QQQQQQLarge Growth(4.54)18.0913.565.70
iShares S&P 500 Growth IndexIVWLarge Growth(2.08)14.3911.133.24
SPDR S&P DividendSDYLarge Value1.0611.5111.675.02
SPDR Dow Jones Industrial AverageDIALarge Value(1.78)10.0410.682.47
SPDR S&P MidCap 400MDYMid-Cap Blend3.5217.5813.294.83
WisdomTree MidCap EarningsEZMMid-Cap Blend5.4917.8414.447.70
iShares S&P MidCap 400 Growth IndexIJKMid-Cap Growth2.7117.0814.665.78
PowerShares DWA Technical LeadersPDPMid-Cap Growth1.9117.9014.920.87
iShares S&P MidCap 400 Value IndexIJJMid-Cap Value4.4518.3012.154.16
WisdomTree MidCap DividendDONMid-Cap Value2.5314.8413.675.49
iShares Core S&P Small-Cap ETFIJRSmall Cap2.2216.2813.965.06
WisdomTree SmallCap EarningsEESSmall Cap2.1515.4212.687.66
iShares Russell 2000 IndexIWMSmall Cap1.8416.3912.233.58
iShares S&P SmallCap 600 GrowthIJTSmall Growth1.2614.4714.825.43
iShares Russell 2000 Growth IndexIWOSmall Growth0.4814.7412.893.55
iShares S&P SmallCap 600 Value IndexIJSSmall Value3.1518.1013.114.61
iShares Russell 2000 Value IndexIWNSmall Value3.1617.9211.413.48
iShares Russell Microcap IndexIWCMicro Cap(0.02)19.4211.650.96
Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US ETFVEUForeign Large Cap7.0118.564.38(2.43)
iShares MSCI ACWI ex US IndexACWXForeign Large Cap5.8316.293.12
iShares MSCI Australia IndexEWAForeign Large Cap6.7321.567.131.48
iShares MSCI Japan IndexEWJForeign Large Cap5.567.631.74(4.79)
iShares MSCI Canada IndexEWCForeign Large Cap0.628.844.41(0.71)
iShares MSCI Germany IndexEWGForeign Large Cap8.3430.725.12(4.68)
iShares MSCI Sweden IndexEWDForeign Large Cap4.9022.1011.102.50
iShares MSCI Switzerland IndexEWLForeign Large Cap7.8620.238.222.29
iShares MSCI United Kingdom IndexEWUForeign Large Cap4.0614.576.30(2.53)
PowerShares DWA Dev Mkts Technical LdrsPIZForeign Large Growth4.7916.114.26(2.81)
PowerShares Intl Dividend AchieversPIDForeign Large Value5.0212.267.55(1.83)
iShares S&P Europe 350 IndexIEVEurope Stock6.8718.642.70(4.61)
WisdomTree Asia-Pacific ex-JapanAXJLPacific/Asia ex-Japan Stk5.0021.658.191.35
SPDR S&P International Small CapGWXForeign Small/Mid Blend4.4515.776.74(1.24)
Vanguard FTSE All-Wld ex-US SmCp Idx ETFVSSForeign Small/Mid Blend5.2619.126.55
iShares FTSE China 25 Index FundFXIEmerging Equities14.0216.96(0.57)(5.58)
iShares MSCI Brazil IndexEWZEmerging Equities3.20(0.61)(6.45)(4.03)
iShares MSCI Chile IndexECHEmerging Equities0.178.905.846.71
iShares MSCI Hong Kong IndexEWHEmerging Equities5.4927.629.340.20
iShares MSCI Malaysia IndexEWMEmerging Equities3.5213.6115.486.46
iShares MSCI Mexico IndexEWWEmerging Equities6.5831.2513.625.91
iShares MSCI Singapore IndexEWSEmerging Equities2.9430.009.293.60
iShares MSCI Emerging Markets IndexEEMEmerging Equities5.5617.323.33(1.07)
iShares MSCI Emerging Mkt Min Vol IndexEEMVEmerging Equities4.5421.98
iShares S&P Latin America 40 IndexILFEmerging Equities3.595.34(0.35)(0.01)
WisdomTree Emerging Mkts SmallCap DivDGSEmerging Small/Mid6.0522.267.774.26
PowerShares DB AgricultureDBAAgriculture(5.15)(2.94)1.90(2.78)
PowerShares DB Commodity Index TrackingDBCCommodities(3.55)3.313.99(2.19)
GreenHaven Continuous Commodity IndexGCCCommodities(5.63)(3.69)3.24
Consumer Discret Select Sector SPDRXLYConsumer Discretionary2.0523.6018.609.41
SPDR S&P HomebuildersXHBConsumer Discretionary7.4557.5322.438.21
Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDRXLPConsumer Staples(1.54)10.7412.866.91
SPDR S&P RetailXRTConsumer Staples0.3220.7421.9914.58
Energy Select Sector SPDRXLEEnergy(2.30)5.179.64(0.39)
PowerShares DB EnergyDBEEnergy(1.84)1.342.47(4.07)
Financial Select Sector SPDRXLFFinancial5.8528.536.04(8.91)
SPDR Dow Jones Intl Real EstateRWXGlobal Real Estate7.8036.4112.36(0.77)
SPDR Dow Jones Global Real EstateRWOGlobal Real Estate4.7425.0814.72
Health Care Select Sector SPDRXLVHealth0.0517.5610.804.61
SPDR S&P BiotechXBIHealth(5.70)32.8618.048.55
Industrial Select Sector SPDRXLIIndustrials4.4914.8613.211.69
Materials Select Sector SPDRXLBNatural Res2.9514.757.140.43
iShares Silver TrustSLVCommodities Precious Metals(13.69)5.7520.2114.63
iShares Gold TrustIAUCommodities Precious Metals(6.37)8.3714.6414.42
PowerShares DB Precious MetalsDBPCommodities Precious Metals(7.31)5.6114.9113.26
iShares Dow Jones US Real EstateIYRReal Estate1.8618.3616.474.28
iShares FTSE NAREIT Real Estate 50FTYReal Estate1.5617.4617.255.15
Technology Select Sector SPDRXLKTechnology(5.66)15.479.793.20
iShares Dow Jones US TechnologyIYWTechnology(6.38)11.787.873.15
iShares S&P Global Timber & Forestry IdxWOODTimber10.4922.036.27
Utilities Select Sector SPDRXLUUtilities(2.92)1.128.360.11
ProShares Short S&P500SHTrading-Inverse Equity(0.21)(15.79)(13.50)(8.11)
ProShares Short 20+ Year TreasuryTBFTrading-Inverse Debt0.31(6.38)(16.69)
PowerShares DB US Dollar Index BearishUDNCurrency0.141.20(0.44)(0.13)
PowerShares DB US Dollar Index BullishUUPCurrency(0.49)(2.81)(1.80)(1.54)
iPath S&P 500 VIX ST Futures ETNVXXHedge Fund(11.99)(78.12)(61.30)
iShares Diversified Alternatives TrustALTHedge Fund2.154.100.88
Barclays S&P 500 Dynamic VEQTOR ETNVQTHedge Fund1.82(1.71)
Cambria Global Tactical ETFGTAAHedge Fund1.716.66
Accuvest Global Long Short ETFAGLSLong/Short Equity4.419.39