Best ETFs

U.S. News has identified exchange-traded funds best suited for long-term investors seeking low-cost, diversified portfolios. Our rankings compare the cost and structure of hundreds of ETFs. Read more about our Best Fit ranking methodology.

Commodities

#1

PowerShares DB Base Metals Fund (DBB)

Performance (1-YR): 7.19% Expense Ratio: 0.75%

#2

PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund (DBC)

Performance (1-YR): 2.67% Expense Ratio: 0.75%

#3

Global X Uranium ETF (URA)

Performance (1-YR): 16.55% Expense Ratio: 0.69%

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Emerging Markets Debt

#1

PowerShares Emerging Markets Sovereign Debt Portfolio (PCY)

Performance (1-YR): 9.00% Expense Ratio: 0.50%

#2

Market Vectors Emerging Markets Local Currency Bond ETF (EMLC)

Performance (1-YR): 3.21% Expense Ratio: 0.49%

#3

iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF (EMB)

Performance (1-YR): 7.87% Expense Ratio: 0.60%

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Flexible Portfolio

#1

IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Tracker ETF (QAI)

Performance (1-YR): 7.27% Expense Ratio: 0.75%

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Global

#1

iShares MSCI All Country World Minimum Volatility ETF (ACWV)

Performance (1-YR): 10.99% Expense Ratio: 0.34%

#2

iShares MSCI ACWI Index Fund (ACWI)

Performance (1-YR): 17.46% Expense Ratio: 0.35%

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Gold Oriented

#1

iShares COMEX Gold Trust (IAU)

Performance (1-YR): 2.99% Expense Ratio: 0.25%

#2

PowerShares DB Gold Fund (DGL)

Performance (1-YR): 3.70% Expense Ratio: 0.50%

#3

SPDR Gold Shares (GLD)

Performance (1-YR): 3.06% Expense Ratio: 0.40%

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Long/Short Equity

#1

PowerShares S&P 500 BuyWrite Portfolio (PBP)

Performance (1-YR): 13.38% Expense Ratio: 0.75%

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Natural Resources

#1

Vanguard Energy Index Fund (VDE)

Performance (1-YR): 21.46% Expense Ratio: 0.14%

#2

SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Equipment & Services ETF (XES)

Performance (1-YR): 14.30% Expense Ratio: 0.36%

#3

Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLE)

Performance (1-YR): 21.47% Expense Ratio: 0.21%

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Precious Metals

#1

Global X Silver Miners ETF (SIL)

Performance (1-YR): 1.60% Expense Ratio: 0.65%

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Updated 07.22.2014

Top Performing ETFs As of 07.03.2014

Market Vectors India Small-Cap Index ETF (SCIF)

Global Equity | Small-Cap Funds

Total Return: 26.03%

EGShares India Small Cap ETF (SCIN)

Global Equity | Small-Cap Funds

Total Return: 25.06%

EGShares India Infrastructure ETF (INXX)

Global Equity | Infrastructure Funds

Total Return: 23.93%

Guggenheim Solar ETF (TAN)

Global Equity | Natural Resources Funds

Total Return: 66.46%

Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF (KWT)

Global Equity | Natural Resources Funds

Total Return: 61.21%

Market Vectors Egypt Index ETF (EGPT)

Global Equity | Emerging Markets Funds

Total Return: 57.46%

* Annualized