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, 2012.

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ETF NameTickerAsset Category3 Mo1 Yr3 Yr5 Yr
iShares Barclays 1-3 Year Treasury BondSHYShort Government0.240.401.292.69
iShares Barclays 1-3 Year Credit BondCSJShort-Term Bond1.403.402.663.96
Vanguard Short-Term Bond ETFBSVShort-Term Bond0.772.202.974.26
iShares Barclays TIPS BondTIPInflation-Protected Bond2.028.959.077.78
SPDR DB Intl Govt Infl-Protected BondWIPInflation-Protected Bond5.8411.296.15
iShares Barclays 3-7 Year Treasury BondIEIIntermediate Government0.792.995.316.34
iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treas BondTLTLong Government(0.15)5.8312.0511.21
iShares Barclays Aggregate BondAGGIntermediate Bond1.634.975.796.31
iShares Barclays Intermediate Credit BondCIUIntermediate Bond2.737.946.566.70
PIMCO Total Return ETFBONDIntermediate Bond3.47
Vanguard Total Bond Market ETFBNDIntermediate Bond1.585.176.036.47
iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate BondHYGHigh Yield Bond2.8119.6210.636.31
SPDR Barclays Capital High Yield BondJNKHigh Yield Bond3.6820.2611.32
SPDR BarCap ST High Yield Bond ETFSJNKHigh Yield Bond2.86
SPDR Barclays Capital Intl Treasury BondBWXWorld Bond4.565.843.76
PowerShares International Corporate BondPICBWorld Bond7.3613.02
iShares JPMorgan USD Emerg Markets BondEMBEmerging Markets Bond6.8920.5510.96
PowerShares Emerging Markets DebtPCYEmerging Markets Bond7.7323.5811.60
PowerShares Senior Loan PortBKLNBank Loan3.5314.13
SPDR S&P 500SPYLarge Cap6.3429.9513.140.98
Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETFVIGLarge Cap5.8425.1012.762.91
Guggenheim S&P 500 Equal WeightRSPLarge Cap5.7928.0313.502.47
PowerShares QQQQQQLarge Growth7.1731.9118.476.62
iShares S&P 500 Growth IndexIVWLarge Growth6.3929.3314.773.40
SPDR S&P DividendSDYLarge Value5.2523.6713.393.33
SPDR Dow Jones Industrial AverageDIALarge Value5.0226.2314.271.99
SPDR S&P MidCap 400MDYMid-Cap Blend5.2727.9714.033.47
WisdomTree MidCap EarningsEZMMid-Cap Blend6.7228.5015.135.29
iShares S&P MidCap 400 Growth IndexIJKMid-Cap Growth5.9925.6215.755.03
PowerShares DWA Technical LeadersPDPMid-Cap Growth4.4225.8616.110.98
iShares S&P MidCap 400 Value IndexIJJMid-Cap Value4.6331.1212.512.29
WisdomTree MidCap DividendDONMid-Cap Value5.0126.8615.413.62
iShares S&P SmallCap 600 IndexIJRSmall Cap5.4633.3515.083.21
WisdomTree SmallCap EarningsEESSmall Cap4.7431.0313.115.42
iShares Russell 2000 IndexIWMSmall Cap5.2931.9513.062.27
iShares S&P SmallCap 600 GrowthIJTSmall Growth3.7830.9716.603.90
iShares Russell 2000 Growth IndexIWOSmall Growth4.7931.3314.353.11
iShares S&P SmallCap 600 Value IndexIJSSmall Value6.6135.6713.652.51
iShares Russell 2000 Value IndexIWNSmall Value5.5632.5411.641.32
iShares Russell Microcap IndexIWCMicro Cap6.0536.3711.49(0.66)
Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US ETFVEUForeign Large Cap6.7516.932.97(3.95)
iShares MSCI ACWI ex US IndexACWXForeign Large Cap5.9216.122.25
iShares MSCI Australia IndexEWAForeign Large Cap8.8824.856.27(0.85)
iShares MSCI Japan IndexEWJForeign Large Cap(2.55)(0.97)(0.92)(6.99)
iShares MSCI Canada IndexEWCForeign Large Cap10.2614.285.73(0.87)
iShares MSCI Germany IndexEWGForeign Large Cap13.9927.282.95(5.26)
iShares MSCI Sweden IndexEWDForeign Large Cap9.7527.4710.28(1.31)
iShares MSCI Switzerland IndexEWLForeign Large Cap7.3316.856.560.49
iShares MSCI United Kingdom IndexEWUForeign Large Cap6.7922.417.23(3.83)
PowerShares DWA Dev Mkts Technical LdrsPIZForeign Large Growth9.2019.063.96
PowerShares Intl Dividend AchieversPIDForeign Large Value4.6214.277.40(3.22)
iShares S&P Europe 350 IndexIEVEurope Stock8.3719.031.38(5.93)
WisdomTree Asia-Pacific ex-JapanAXJLPacific/Asia ex-Japan Stk7.1924.357.620.33
SPDR S&P International Small CapGWXForeign Small/Mid Blend5.8913.084.82(3.36)
Vanguard FTSE All-Wld ex-US Small CapVSSForeign Small/Mid Blend8.3816.055.93
iShares FTSE China 25 Index FundFXIEmerging Equities2.7815.31(3.41)(8.59)
iShares MSCI Brazil IndexEWZEmerging Equities4.576.87(3.66)(2.52)
iShares MSCI Chile IndexECHEmerging Equities1.0218.6410.58
iShares MSCI Hong Kong IndexEWHEmerging Equities10.9831.458.590.55
iShares MSCI Malaysia IndexEWMEmerging Equities2.1424.5016.297.92
iShares MSCI Mexico IndexEWWEmerging Equities6.4135.7316.074.00
iShares MSCI Singapore IndexEWSEmerging Equities8.8527.1111.722.30
iShares MSCI Emerging Markets IndexEEMEmerging Equities5.6020.313.90(1.70)
iShares MSCI Emerging Mkt Min Vol IndexEEMVEmerging Equities5.15
iShares S&P Latin America 40 IndexILFEmerging Equities2.7313.002.450.28
WisdomTree Emerging Mkts SmallCap DivDGSEmerging Small/Mid7.5022.687.87
PowerShares DB AgricultureDBAAgriculture4.22(0.86)4.920.67
PowerShares DB Commodity Index TrackingDBCCommodities11.3811.389.141.22
GreenHaven Continuous Commodity IndexGCCCommodities7.550.538.36
Consumer Discret Select Sector SPDRXLYConsumer Discretionary7.2536.3621.266.69
SPDR S&P HomebuildersXHBConsumer Discretionary16.4788.9319.784.58
Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDRXLPConsumer Staples3.7624.2415.267.98
SPDR S&P RetailXRTConsumer Staples6.5337.3824.0211.42
Energy Select Sector SPDRXLEEnergy11.1427.6812.731.24
PowerShares DB EnergyDBEEnergy12.6410.586.37(0.51)
Financial Select Sector SPDRXLFFinancial6.9734.462.87(12.64)
SPDR Dow Jones Intl Real EstateRWXGlobal Real Estate7.6727.989.75(4.47)
SPDR Dow Jones Global Real EstateRWOGlobal Real Estate2.9828.9413.82
Health Care Select Sector SPDRXLVHealth6.0929.1214.114.59
SPDR S&P BiotechXBIHealth5.5856.9720.3010.35
Industrial Select Sector SPDRXLIIndustrials3.0727.8513.85(0.03)
Materials Select Sector SPDRXLBNatural Resources4.8328.068.66(0.18)
iShares Silver TrustSLVCommodities Precious Metals25.6315.8126.9119.65
iShares Gold TrustIAUCommodities Precious Metals10.999.1020.4118.59
PowerShares DB Precious MetalsDBPCommodities Precious Metals13.399.1720.4417.33
iShares Dow Jones US Real EstateIYRReal Estate1.5231.9419.091.12
iShares FTSE NAREIT Real Estate 50FTYReal Estate1.1729.4320.212.11
Technology Select Sector SPDRXLKTechnology7.7532.6615.574.21
iShares Dow Jones US TechnologyIYWTechnology6.7529.1814.104.43
iShares S&P Global Timber & ForestryWOODTimber8.1621.096.39
Utilities Select Sector SPDRXLUUtilities(0.58)12.6711.962.19
ProShares Short S&P500SHTrading-Inverse Equity(6.53)(26.07)(15.39)(7.21)
ProShares Short 20+ Year TreasuryTBFTrading-Inverse Debt(0.65)(9.52)(14.94)
PowerShares DB US Dollar Index BearishUDNCurrency2.180.04(0.92)0.26
PowerShares DB US Dollar Index BullishUUPCurrency(2.45)(1.73)(1.29)(1.54)
iPath S&P 500 VIX ST Futures ETNVXXHedge Fund(40.83)(83.14)(64.43)
iShares Diversified Alternatives TrustALTHedge Fund2.552.09
Barclays S&P 500 Dynamic VEQTOR ETNVQTHedge Fund1.82(1.71)
Cambria Global Tactical ETFGTAAHedge Fund3.853.37
Accuvest Global Long Short ETFAGLSLong/Short Equity1.186.75