Our 100 Favorite ETFs for 2016

These are our 100 Favorite ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds) to follow in the financial markets. Many of these can be considered for your investment portfolio, while others give us a sense of 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, 2015.

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ETF NameTickerAsset Category1 Yr3 Yr5 Yr
iShares 1-3 Year Treasury BondSHYShort Government Bond0.430.360.56
SPDR Barclays ST Corp BondSCPBShort-Term Bond0.861.021.63
iShares TIPS BondTIPInflation-Protected Bond(1.75)(2.34)2.34
iShares 0-5 Year TIPS BondSTIPInflation-Protected Bond(0.10)(1.03)0.68
iShares 3-7 Year Treasury BondIEIIntermediate Government1.640.972.57
iShares 7-10 Year Treasury BondIEFLong Government1.511.314.50
iShares 20+ Year Treasury BondTLTLong Government(1.79)2.698.29
iShares Core US Aggregate BondAGGIntermediate-Term Bond0.481.453.13
iShares Intermediate Credit BondCIUCorporate Bond0.581.323.37
iShares 0-5 Year High Yield Corp BondSHYGHigh Yield Bond(3.76)
PowerShares Fun Hi Yld Corp BondPHBHigh Yield Bond(3.05)1.184.15
iShares iBoxx High Yield Corp BondHYGHigh Yield Bond(5.03)0.784.06
iShares International Agg BondIAGGInternational Bond
iShares JPM Emerg Mkts BondEMBEmerging Markets Bond1.03(0.40)4.45
PowerShares Emerg Mkts Sov DebtPCYEmerging Markets Bond2.280.075.59
PowerShares Senior LoanBKLNBank Loan(3.06)0.47
SPDR S&P 500SPYLarge Cap1.2514.9812.43
PowerShares S&P 500 High QualitySPHQLarge Cap1.6716.0113.66
PowerShares Nasdaq 100QQQLarge Cap Growth9.4521.2416.83
iShares S&P 500 GrowthIVWLarge Cap Growth5.3716.9713.83
SPDR S&P DividendSDYLarge Cap Value(0.73)13.6911.93
SPDR Dow Jones Industrial AverageDIALarge Cap Value0.1112.5311.11
PowerShares S&P 500 Low VolatilitySPLVLarge Cap Value4.0114.53
SPDR S&P Mid Cap 400MDYMid Cap(2.50)12.9810.35
WisdomTree Mid Cap EarningsEZMMid Cap(4.77)13.1211.46
First Trust Dorsey Wright Focus 5FVMid Cap Growth6.78
iShares S&P Mid Cap 400 GrowthIJKMid Cap Growth1.9113.1810.86
PowerShares High Yld Eq Div AchPEYMid Cap Value2.3716.4012.72
WisdomTree MidCap DividendDONMid Cap Value(1.09)14.9712.85
iShares Core S&P Small CapIJRSmall Cap(2.07)13.5711.42
WisdomTree Small Cap EarningsEESSmall Cap(7.17)11.349.29
iShares Russell 2000IWMSmall Cap(4.47)11.659.19
iShares S&P Small Cap 600 GrowthIJTSmall Cap Growth2.7014.9712.43
PowerShares S&P Small Cap Low VolatiliyXSLVSmall Cap Value2.70
First Trust Dow Jones Micro CapFDMMicro Cap(0.06)14.159.48
iShares MSCI ACWI ex USACWXInternational Equity(5.81)0.860.65
iShares MSCI EAFE Minimum VolatilityEFAVInternational Equity7.748.91
First Trust DWA Intl Focus 5IFVInternational Equity(0.17)
WisdomTree Intl Hdgd Qual Div GrIHDGInternational Equity11.83
WisdomTree International EquityDWMInternational Equity(2.93)3.933.59
iShares MSCI EAFE Small CapSCZInternational Small Cap9.109.646.29
WisdomTree Intl Small Cap DivDLSInternational Small Cap7.467.316.09
iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Min VolEEMVEmerging Mkts Equity(12.04)(4.67)
iShares Core MSCI Emerging MarketsIEMGEmerging Mkts Equity(14.31)(7.01)
iShares MSCI Asia ex Japan Minimum VolAXJVEmerging Mkts Small Cap(6.27)
iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Small CapEEMSEmerging Mkts Small Cap(7.14)(2.49)
iShares MSCI Frontier 100FMEmerging Mkts Small Cap(17.21)1.87
iShares MSCI All Country World Min VolACWVWorld Equity2.9210.15
iShares Latin America 40ILFRegion Equity(31.53)(19.33)(14.66)
WisdomTree Europe Hedged EquityHEDJRegion Equity5.7610.077.51
iShares EuropeIEVRegion Equity(3.28)3.623.52
iShares MSCI AustraliaEWACountry Equity(9.96)(4.40)(0.85)
iShares MSCI CanadaEWCCountry Equity(23.91)(6.79)(5.00)
iShares MSCI SwedenEWDCountry Equity(4.54)2.592.29
iShares MSCI GermanyEWGCountry Equity(2.79)3.844.07
iShares MSCI Hong KongEWHCountry Equity(1.17)3.773.91
iShares MSCI ItalyEWICountry Equity3.123.03(0.85)
iShares MSCI JapanEWJCountry Equity9.168.843.72
iShares MSCI SwitzerlandEWLCountry Equity0.297.406.81
iShares MSCI United KingdomEWUCountry Equity(7.03)0.872.60
iShares MSCI MexicoEWWCountry Equity(14.25)(9.31)(2.70)
iShares MSCI BrazilEWZCountry Equity(41.74)(25.96)(20.93)
iShares China Large-CapFXICountry Equity(12.93)(1.72)(1.39)
PowerShares DB AgricultureDBACommodities Agriculture(17.20)(9.66)(8.62)
United States Agriculture IndexUSAGCommodities Agriculture(14.09)(8.84)
PowerShares DB Commodity TrackingDBCCommodities Broad Basket(27.59)(21.65)(13.48)
GreenHaven Continuous CommodityGCCCommodities Broad Basket(18.99)(13.72)(10.88)
United States Commodity IndexUSCICommodities Broad Basket(16.19)(11.62)(8.90)
United States Natural GasUNGCommodities Energy(41.30)(22.88)(28.96)
United States OilUSOCommodities Energy(45.97)(30.92)(22.36)
iShares Gold TrustIAUCommodities Precious Metals(10.58)(14.35)(5.95)
iShares Silver TrustSLVCommodities Precious Metals(12.42)(23.42)(15.26)
Consumer Discret Sel Sect SPDRXLYConsumer Cyclical9.9219.7517.60
Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDRXLPConsumer Defensive6.8916.0314.56
Alerian MLPAMLPEnergy Limited Partnership(25.68)(2.61)0.72
UBS Alerian MLP Infras ETNMLPIEnergy Limited Partnership(31.97)(2.37)2.19
Energy Select Sector SPDRXLEEquity Energy(21.47)(3.27)(0.42)
Financial Select Sector SPDRXLFFinancial(1.74)15.2810.27
SPDR S&P BiotechXBIHealth13.5834.6927.83
Health Care Select Sector SPDRXLVHealth6.8423.6520.05
Industrial Select Sector SPDRXLIIndustrials(4.30)14.0711.02
Materials Select Sector SPDRXLBNatural Resources(8.67)7.244.73
iShares Cohen & Steers REITICFReal Estate6.0311.7412.14
WisdomTree Global ex-US Real EstateDRWReal Estate - Global(3.00)0.193.70
SPDR Dow Jones Global Real EstateRWOReal Estate - Global1.017.058.40
SPDR Dow Jones Intl Real EstateRWXReal Estate - Global(3.22)1.764.49
Technology Select Sector SPDRXLKTechnology5.4916.2113.17
Utilities Select Sector SPDRXLUUtilities(4.91)11.4410.83
ProShares Short S&P 500SHTrading-Inverse Equity(4.18)(15.04)(13.80)
ProShares Short MSCI EAFEEFZTrading-Inverse Equity(3.01)(6.92)(7.74)
ProShares Short 20+ Year TreasuryTBFTrading-Inverse Debt(1.67)(5.58)(10.99)
CurrencyShares EuroFXESingle Currency(10.69)(6.69)(4.34)
CurrencyShares Japanese YenFXYSingle Currency(0.71)(10.65)(7.91)
PowerShares DB US Dollar BearishUDNMulticurrency(9.85)(7.67)(4.60)
PowerShares DB US Dollar BullishUUPMulticurrency7.015.552.46
Credit Suisse Long/Short Eq ETNCSLSLong/Short Equity5.957.274.90
First Trust Long/Short EquityFTLSLong/Short Equity(1.71)
Janus Velocity Volatility HedgedSPXHLong/Short Equity(3.99)
First Trust MS Mgd Futures StratFMFManaged Futures(0.71)
iPath S&P 500 VIX ST Futs ETNVXXVolatility(36.21)(45.94)(49.33)