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, 2011.

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ETF NameTickerAsset Category3 Mo1 Yr3 Yr5 Yr
iShares Barclays 1-3 Year Treasury BondSHYShort Government0.451.082.253.73
iShares Barclays 1-3 Year Credit BondCSJShort-Term Bond(0.36)1.135.52
Vanguard Short-Term Bond ETFBSVShort-Term Bond0.941.974.94
iShares Barclays TIPS BondTIPInflation-Protected Bond4.549.737.976.96
SPDR DB Intl Govt Infl-Protected BondWIPInflation-Protected Bond(6.20)1.064.74
iShares Barclays 3-7 Year Treasury BondIEIIntermediate Government4.074.616.35
iShares Barclays 7-10 Year TreasuryIEFLong Government10.069.049.398.81
iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treas BondTLTLong Government29.1119.0312.7410.74
iShares Barclays Aggregate BondAGGIntermediate Bond3.785.017.766.32
iShares Barclays Intermediate Credit BondCIUIntermediate Bond0.932.739.71
Vanguard Total Bond Market ETFBNDIntermediate Bond3.975.177.91
iShares Barclays Interm Govt/Credit BondGVIMultisector Bond2.403.286.79
iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate BdHYGHigh Yield Bond(6.17)1.049.39
SPDR Barclays Capital High Yield BondJNKHigh Yield Bond(7.54)(0.20)10.45
SPDR Barclays Capital Intl Treasury BondBWXWorld Bond(2.36)1.436.22
SPDR Barclays Capital Intl Corp BondIBNDWorld Bond(6.64)(1.91)
iShares JPMorgan USD Emerg Markets BondEMBEmerging Markets Bond(2.10)(0.07)11.00
PowerShares Emerging Markets DebtPCYEmerging Markets Bond(1.05)0.4012.15
Rydex S&P 500 Equal WeightRSPLarge Cap(17.88)(0.93)4.600.10
SPDR S&P 500SPYLarge Cap(13.79)1.061.35(1.22)
PowerShares QQQQQQLarge Growth(7.99)7.5510.825.75
iShares S&P 500 Growth IndexIVWLarge Growth(11.49)4.734.161.26
SPDR S&P DividendSDYLarge Value(9.39)0.013.780.26
SPDR Dow Jones Industrial AverageDIALarge Value(11.45)3.662.991.23
SPDR S&P MidCap 400MDYMid-Cap Blend(19.90)(1.61)3.771.86
iShares Russell Midcap IndexIWRMid-Cap Blend(18.72)(0.89)4.190.46
iShares S&P MidCap 400 Growth IndexIJKMid-Cap Growth(18.88)2.686.944.29
iShares Russell Midcap Growth IndexIWPMid-Cap Growth(19.37)0.555.591.43
iShares S&P MidCap 400 Value IndexIJJMid-Cap Value(21.00)(5.58)0.83(0.33)
iShares Russell Midcap Value IndexIWSMid-Cap Value(18.44)(2.54)1.83(0.97)
iShares S&P SmallCap 600 IndexIJRSmall Cap(19.90)0.230.650.17
iShares Russell 2000 IndexIWMSmall Cap(21.81)(3.46)(0.64)(0.96)
iShares S&P SmallCap 600 GrowthIJTSmall Growth(19.67)4.082.372.13
iShares Russell 2000 Growth IndexIWOSmall Growth(22.29)(1.02)2.040.99
iShares S&P SmallCap 600 Value IndexIJSSmall Value(19.98)(3.51)(1.55)(1.75)
iShares Russell 2000 Value IndexIWNSmall Value(21.54)(6.16)(3.37)(3.14)
iShares Russell Microcap IndexIWCMicro Cap(22.75)(5.30)(3.07)(5.05)
Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US ETFVEUForeign Large Cap(22.26)(12.88)(0.88)
iShares MSCI ACWI ex US IndexACWXForeign Large Cap(22.18)(13.07)(2.04)
iShares MSCI EAFE IndexEFAForeign Large Cap(20.55)(10.46)(2.49)(3.84)
iShares MSCI Australia IndexEWAForeign Large Cap(22.99)(11.88)4.143.64
iShares MSCI Japan IndexEWJForeign Large Cap(9.30)(2.81)(2.44)(5.65)
iShares MSCI Canada IndexEWCForeign Large Cap(19.51)(7.51)0.782.94
iShares MSCI Germany IndexEWGForeign Large Cap(32.06)(14.79)(6.26)(2.52)
iShares MSCI Sweden IndexEWDForeign Large Cap(27.66)(17.88)7.010.18
iShares MSCI Switzerland IndexEWLForeign Large Cap(18.60)(3.14)2.900.64
iShares MSCI United Kingdom IndexEWUForeign Large Cap(17.07)(7.20)(0.57)(3.88)
Market Vectors Russia ETFRSXForeign Large Cap(34.35)(21.84)(3.22)
PowerShares DWA Dev Mkts Technical LdrsPIZForeign Large Growth(25.83)(16.47)1.95
PowerShares Intl Dividend AchieversPIDForeign Large Value(14.81)(3.22)0.25(1.26)
SPDR S&P International Small CapGWXForeign Small/Mid Growth(20.91)(8.23)3.23
Vanguard FTSE All-Wld ex-US SmCp Idx ETFVSSForeign Small/Mid Growth(23.63)(11.88)
iShares FTSE China 25 Index FundFXIEmerging Equities(28.22)(26.54)(1.96)4.50
iShares MSCI Brazil IndexEWZEmerging Equities(29.09)(29.08)1.6810.03
iShares MSCI BRIC IndexBKFEmerging Equities(29.14)(27.60)1.03
iShares MSCI Chile IndexECHEmerging Equities(29.41)(27.17)11.62
iShares MSCI Emerging Markets IndexEEMEmerging Equities(26.27)(20.12)2.413.60
iShares MSCI Hong Kong IndexEWHEmerging Equities(22.62)(19.24)6.283.30
iShares MSCI Malaysia IndexEWMEmerging Equities(20.26)(8.91)15.2913.04
iShares MSCI Mexico IndexEWWEmerging Equities(21.71)(6.46)3.184.26
iShares MSCI Singapore IndexEWSEmerging Equities(19.88)(13.74)8.267.36
iShares MSCI South Africa IndexEZAEmerging Equities(20.44)(13.05)8.487.95
SPDR S&P Emerging Markets Small CapEWXEmerging Small/Mid(28.56)(26.85)7.69
PowerShares DB AgricultureDBAAgriculture(6.54)7.95(0.08)
PowerShares DB Commodity Index TrackingDBCCommodities(11.08)6.80(8.24)2.79
GreenHaven Continuous Commodity IndexGCCCommodities(9.43)7.743.06
Consumer Discret Select Sector SPDRXLYConsumer Discretionary(13.00)6.019.371.46
SPDR S&P HomebuildersXHBConsumer Discretionary(25.69)(13.56)(10.49)(15.19)
Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDRXLPConsumer Staples(4.33)9.465.555.87
SPDR S&P RetailXRTConsumer Staples(13.23)11.6216.634.51
Energy Select Sector SPDRXLEEnergy(22.01)6.00(1.07)3.40
PowerShares DB EnergyDBEEnergy(13.52)6.42(12.79)
Financial Select Sector SPDRXLFFinancial(22.74)(16.53)(14.46)(17.48)
Rydex S&P Equal Weight FinancialsRYFFinancial(21.80)(11.84)(6.05)
SPDR Dow Jones Intl Real EstateRWXGlobal Real Estate(19.87)(8.84)0.08
SPDR Dow Jones Global Real EstateRWOGlobal Real Estate(16.85)(3.40)(1.14)
Health Care Select Sector SPDRXLVHealth(10.20)6.163.440.99
SPDR S&P BiotechXBIHealth(18.60)0.24(0.43)5.84
Industrial Select Sector SPDRXLIIndustrials(21.07)(4.70)0.79(0.47)
Materials Select Sector SPDRXLBNatural Resources(24.80)(8.21)(1.07)1.10
IQ Global Resources ETFGRESNatural Resources(13.10)(5.94)
iShares Silver TrustSLVCommodities Precious Metals(14.57)35.6634.8120.38
SPDR Gold SharesGLDCommodities Precious Metals8.2623.5722.9421.59
PowerShares DB Precious MetalsDBPCommodities Precious Metals2.7824.9323.46
iShares Dow Jones US Real EstateIYRReal Estate(15.25)(0.63)(1.84)(3.71)
Technology Select Sector SPDRXLKTechnology(7.82)4.017.692.78
iShares Dow Jones US TechnologyIYWTechnology(8.89)2.798.253.35
iShares S&P Global Timber & Forestry IdxWOODTimber(21.20)(14.64)(6.39)
Utilities Select Sector SPDRXLUUtilities1.4511.664.873.61
ProShares Short MSCI EAFEEFZTrading-Inverse Equity20.503.00(11.41)
ProShares Short S&P500SHTrading-Inverse Equity12.69(5.73)(9.77)(2.85)
ProShares Short 20+ Year TreasuryTBFTrading-Inverse Debt(26.65)(22.73)
PowerShares DB US Dollar Index BearishUDNTrading-Miscellaneous(5.56)0.370.38
PowerShares DB US Dollar Index BullishUUPCurrency5.11(2.34)(2.79)
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETNVXXHedge Fund152.46(22.83)
IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Tracker ETFQAIHedge Fund(2.18)(1.51)
iShares Diversified Alternatives TrustALTHedge Fund(6.06)(3.55)
Barclays S&P 500 Dynamic VEQTOR ETNVQTHedge Fund1.82(1.71)(2.32)
WisdomTree Managed FuturesWDTIManaged Futures(5.96)
Credit Suisse Long/Short Index ETNCSLSLong/Short Equity(8.54)(1.00)