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): 4.31% Expense Ratio: 0.75%

#2

PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund (DBC)

Performance (1-YR): 4.15% Expense Ratio: 0.75%

#3

Global X Uranium ETF (URA)

Performance (1-YR): 0.45% Expense Ratio: 0.69%

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Emerging Markets Debt

#1

iShares Emerging Markets Local Currency Bond ETF (LEMB)

Performance (1-YR): 4.04% Expense Ratio: 0.60%

#2

Market Vectors Emerging Markets Local Currency Bond ETF (EMLC)

Performance (1-YR): 9.10% Expense Ratio: 0.49%

#3

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

Performance (1-YR): 2.47% Expense Ratio: 0.60%

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Flexible Portfolio

#1

IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Tracker ETF (QAI)

Performance (1-YR): 4.84% Expense Ratio: 0.75%

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Global

#1

iShares MSCI All Country World Minimum Volatility ETF (ACWV)

Performance (1-YR): 6.55% Expense Ratio: 0.34%

#2

Vanguard Total World Stock Index Fund (VT)

Performance (1-YR): 18.22% Expense Ratio: 0.19%

#3

iShares MSCI ACWI Index Fund (ACWI)

Performance (1-YR): 18.14% Expense Ratio: 0.35%

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Gold Oriented

#1

iShares COMEX Gold Trust (IAU)

Performance (1-YR): 5.32% Expense Ratio: 0.25%

#2

PowerShares DB Gold Fund (DGL)

Performance (1-YR): 6.51% Expense Ratio: 0.50%

#3

SPDR Gold Shares (GLD)

Performance (1-YR): 5.52% Expense Ratio: 0.40%

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Long/Short Equity

#1

PowerShares S&P 500 BuyWrite Portfolio (PBP)

Performance (1-YR): 9.55% Expense Ratio: 0.75%

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Natural Resources

#1

Guggenheim S&P 500 Equal Weight Energy ETF (RYE)

Performance (1-YR): 27.27% Expense Ratio: 0.50%

#2

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

Performance (1-YR): 26.82% Expense Ratio: 0.36%

#3

Vanguard Energy Index Fund (VDE)

Performance (1-YR): 26.87% Expense Ratio: 0.14%

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Precious Metals

#1

Global X Silver Miners ETF (SIL)

Performance (1-YR): 5.52% Expense Ratio: 0.65%

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Updated 04.16.2014

Top Performing ETFs As of 03.05.2014

iPath Dow Jones-UBS Coffee Subindex Total Return ETN (JO)

Commodity | Agriculture Funds

Total Return: 44.79%

iPath Pure Beta Coffee ETN (CAFE)

Commodity | Agriculture Funds

Total Return: 41.65%

iPath Global Carbon ETN (GRN)

Commodity | Commodities Funds

Total Return: 30.40%

Guggenheim Solar ETF (TAN)

Global Equity | Natural Resources Funds

Total Return: 164.18%

Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF (KWT)

Global Equity | Natural Resources Funds

Total Return: 118.46%

First Trust NASDAQ Clean Edge Green Energy Index Fund (QCLN)

Equity | Natural Resources Funds

Total Return: 94.83%

Guggenheim S&P Smallcap 600 Pure Value ETF (RZV)

Equity | Value Funds

Total Return: 40.35%

PowerShares NASDAQ Internet Portfolio (PNQI)

Equity | Science & Technology Funds

Total Return: 39.43%

Guggenheim S&P 500 Pure Value ETF (RPV)

Equity | Value Funds

Total Return: 39.20%

* Annualized