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 September 30, 2010.

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Fund NameTickerAsset Category3 MoYTD1 Yr3 Yr
iShares Barclays 1-3 Year Treasury BondSHYShort Government0.602.412.403.98
iShares Barclays 1-3 Year Credit BondCSJShort-Term Bond1.702.843.535.17
Vanguard Short-Term Bond ETFBSVShort-Term Bond1.454.414.625.70
iShares Barclays TIPS BondTIPInflation-Protected Bond2.496.838.766.86
SPDR DB Intl Govt Infl-Protected BondWIPInflation-Protected Bond13.285.946.08
iShares Barclays 3-7 Year Treasury BondIEIIntermediate Government3.038.948.278.05
iShares Barclays 7-10 Year TreasuryIEFLong Government4.2914.2711.299.82
iShares Barclays Aggregate BondAGGIntermediate Bond2.347.717.867.29
iShares Barclays Intermediate Credit BdCIUIntermediate Bond4.018.599.417.78
iShares Barclays Interm Govt/Credit BondGVIMultisector Bond2.577.167.056.92
iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate BondHYGHigh Yield Bond3.668.3413.634.62
SPDR Barclays Capital High Yield BondJNKHigh Yield Bond8.3210.1515.45
SPDR Barclays Capital Intl Treasury BondBWXWorld Bond11.555.813.39
SPDR Barclays Capital Intl Corp BondIBNDWorld Bond12.71
iShares JPMorgan USD Emerg Markets BondEMBEmerging Markets Bond8.4613.3713.95
PowerShares Emerging Mkts Sovereign DebtPCYEmerging Markets Bond8.2714.3013.43
Rydex S&P Equal WeightRSPLarge Cap12.658.4315.28(3.77)
SPDR S&P 500SPYLarge Cap11.213.8110.07(7.15)
PowerShares S&P 500 BuyWritePBPLarge Cap Hedged10.07(0.67)6.86
PowerShares QQQQQQQLarge Growth11.377.5716.69(1.10)
iShares S&P 500 Growth IndexIVWLarge Growth12.593.5311.64(4.48)
SPDR S&P DividendSDYLarge Value12.1311.3217.87(1.32)
SPDR Dow Jones Industrial AverageDIALarge Value11.035.43
SPDR S&P MidCap 400MDYMid-Cap Blend12.7011.1017.29(2.05)
iShares Russell Midcap IndexIWRMid-Cap Blend13.3310.7817.41(4.22)
iShares S&P MidCap 400 Growth IndexIJKMid-Cap Growth14.7113.7920.23(0.25)
iShares Russell Midcap Growth IndexIWPMid-Cap Growth14.5210.5618.20(4.06)
iShares S&P MidCap 400 Value IndexIJJMid-Cap Value11.419.1515.05(3.30)
iShares Russell Midcap Value IndexIWSMid-Cap Value12.0510.9216.48(4.85)
iShares S&P SmallCap 600 IndexIJRSmall Cap9.418.7414.04(4.30)
iShares Russell 2000 IndexIWMSmall Cap11.068.9813.41(4.24)
iShares S&P SmallCap 600 GrowthIJTSmall Growth9.909.8716.31(3.87)
iShares Russell 2000 Growth IndexIWOSmall Growth12.5910.3015.01(3.57)
iShares S&P SmallCap 600 Value IndexIJSSmall Value9.007.3412.15(4.75)
iShares Russell 2000 Value IndexIWNSmall Value9.608.0011.79(5.05)
iShares Russell Microcap IndexIWCMicro Cap7.748.167.29(9.18)
Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US ETFVEUForeign Large Cap18.294.107.17(7.10)
iShares MSCI ACWI ex US IndexACWXForeign Large Blend13.042.595.98
iShares MSCI EAFE IndexEFAForeign Large Cap18.081.173.19(9.62)
iShares MSCI Australia IndexEWAForeign Large Cap25.075.049.01(4.72)
iShares MSCI Japan IndexEWJForeign Large Cap4.752.241.10(10.32)
iShares MSCI Canada IndexEWCForeign Large Cap12.707.2211.81(3.28)
iShares MSCI Germany IndexEWGForeign Large Cap17.58(0.46)0.71(11.01)
iShares MSCI Italy IndexEWIForeign Large Cap21.73(12.43)(15.35)(17.51)
iShares MSCI Spain IndexEWPForeign Large Cap27.70(12.62)(13.96)(7.84)
iShares MSCI Sweden IndexEWDForeign Large Cap26.8926.2528.36(3.57)
iShares MSCI United Kingdom IndexEWUForeign Large Cap21.722.838.63(10.11)
Market Vectors Russia ETFRSXForeign Large Cap15.974.2917.52(9.50)
PowerShares DWA Dev Mkts Technical LdrsPIZForeign Large Growth24.319.5812.94
PowerShares Intl Dividend AchieversPIDForeign Large Value15.376.3611.14(8.67)
SPDR S&P International Small CapGWXForeign Small/Mid Growth18.2311.3910.98(6.74)
Vanguard FTSE All-Wld ex-US Small Cap IndexVSSForeign Small/Mid Growth21.6612.2316.23
iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 IndexFXIEmerging Equities6.582.456.36(8.90)
iShares MSCI Brazil IndexEWZEmerging Equities19.24(0.67)5.896.30
iShares MSCI BRIC IndexBKFEmerging Equities16.515.1815.61
iShares MSCI Chile Investable Mkt IdxECHEmerging Equities27.7836.3056.47
iShares MSCI Emerging Markets IndexEEMEmerging Equities15.758.6216.79(1.51)
iShares MSCI Hong Kong IndexEWHEmerging Equities22.8117.9720.62(1.21)
iShares MSCI Malaysia IndexEWMEmerging Equities20.1030.6138.638.84
iShares MSCI Mexico Investable Mkt IdxEWWEmerging Equities10.648.9523.18(1.38)
iShares MSCI Singapore IndexEWSEmerging Equities17.6116.2627.040.46
iShares MSCI South Africa IndexEZAEmerging Equities27.6720.6825.774.25
SPDR S&P Emerging Markets Small CapEWXEmerging Small/Mid20.6115.3426.32
PowerShares DB AgricultureDBAAgriculture14.543.937.93(1.31)
ELEMENTS Rogers Intl Commodity Agri ETNRJAAgriculture25.0310.0724.68
PowerShares DB Commodity Index TrackingDBCCommodities11.77(2.07)9.29(3.69)
GreenHaven Continuous Commodity IndexGCCCommodities12.956.9917.48
Consumer Discret Select Sector SPDRXLYConsumer Discretionary15.0513.1923.34(1.55)
SPDR S&P HomebuildersXHBConsumer Discretionary10.575.205.96(8.24)
Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDRXLPConsumer Staples10.107.3212.622.52
SPDR S&P RetailXRTConsumer Staples17.5118.2624.403.96
Energy Select Sector SPDRXLEEnergy13.34(0.37)5.89(7.64)
PowerShares DB EnergyDBEEnergy4.36(7.75)2.28(6.04)
Financial Select Sector SPDRXLFFinancial2.87(10.82)(8.48)(22.11)
Rydex S&P Equal Weight FinancialsRYFFinancial8.029.509.21(17.62)
SPDR Dow Jones Intl Real EstateRWXGlobal Real Estate24.5212.7813.06(12.13)
SPDR Dow Jones Global Real EstateRWOGlobal Real Estate18.8314.9618.22
Health Care Select Sector SPDRXLVHealth8.66(0.50)8.41(2.95)
SPDR S&P BiotechXBIHealth14.6810.6810.641.25
Industrial Select Sector SPDRXLIIndustrials14.5914.1021.17(6.50)
Materials Select Sector SPDRXLBNatural Resources17.882.089.43(5.39)
iShares Dow Jones US Basic MaterialsIYMNatural Resources21.048.7919.64(2.78)
iShares Silver TrustSLVCommodities Precious Metals15.2728.8430.0915.99
SPDR Gold SharesGLDCommodities Precious Metals3.0319.1929.3920.27
PowerShares DB Precious MetalsDBPCommodities Precious Metals7.0020.0128.1017.58
iShares Dow Jones US Real EstateIYRReal Estate12.9918.3728.75(6.86)
Technology Select Sector SPDRXLKTechnology13.231.4511.85(3.75)
iShares Dow Jones US TechnologyIYWTechnology12.240.9011.86(2.21)
iShares S&P Global Timber & Forestry IdxWOODTimber11.695.3216.45
Utilities Select Sector SPDRXLUUtilities12.154.2511.57(3.92)
ProShares Short MSCI EAFEEFZBear Market(16.61)(7.00)(10.42)
ProShares Short S&P500SHBear Market(11.10)(6.96)(13.09)(0.29)
ProShares Short 20+ Year TreasuryTBFBear Market(5.97)(20.31)(14.83)
PowerShares DB US Dollar Index BearishUDNBear Market8.93(1.74)(3.11)0.19
PowerShares DB US Dollar Index BullishUUPCurrency(8.85)(1.03)0.21(1.20)
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETNVXXHedge Fund(44.58)(49.25)(65.41)
IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Tracker ETFQAIHedge Fund5.142.373.53
iShares Diversified Alternatives TrustALTHedge Fund1.681.69
ELEMENTS S&P CTI ETNLSCLong-Short Commodities(8.08)(20.09)(22.12)
Credit Suisse Long/Short Liquid Index ETNCSLSLong-Short Equities6.94