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.

Basic Materials

#1

Vanguard Materials Index Fund (VAW)

Performance (1-YR): 23.47% Expense Ratio: 0.14%

#2

Materials Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLB)

Performance (1-YR): 24.97% Expense Ratio: 0.21%

#3

SPDR S&P Metals & Mining ETF (XME)

Performance (1-YR): 15.23% Expense Ratio: 0.35%

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Capital Appreciation

#1

Vanguard FTSE Developed Markets ETF (VEA)

Performance (1-YR): 15.16% Expense Ratio: 0.12%

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Consumer Goods

#1

Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLP)

Performance (1-YR): 10.55% Expense Ratio: 0.21%

#2

Guggenheim S&P 500 Equal Weight Consumer Staples ETF (RHS)

Performance (1-YR): 14.88% Expense Ratio: 0.50%

#3

Vanguard Consumer Staples Index Fund (VDC)

Performance (1-YR): 10.89% Expense Ratio: 0.14%

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Consumer Services

#1

Vanguard Consumer Discretionary Index Fund (VCR)

Performance (1-YR): 15.32% Expense Ratio: 0.14%

#2

Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLY)

Performance (1-YR): 14.94% Expense Ratio: 0.21%

#3

SPDR S&P Retail ETF (XRT)

Performance (1-YR): 5.30% Expense Ratio: 0.35%

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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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Emerging Markets

#1

BLDRS Emerging Markets 50 ADR Index Fund (ADRE)

Performance (1-YR): 17.48% Expense Ratio: 0.30%

#2

Schwab Emerging Markets Equity ETF (SCHE)

Performance (1-YR): 13.92% Expense Ratio: 0.15%

#3

iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (IEMG)

Performance (1-YR): 13.76% Expense Ratio: 0.18%

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Financial Services

#1

Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLF)

Performance (1-YR): 11.95% Expense Ratio: 0.21%

#2

SPDR S&P Insurance ETF (KIE)

Performance (1-YR): 14.35% Expense Ratio: 0.35%

#3

SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF (KRE)

Performance (1-YR): 5.34% Expense Ratio: 0.35%

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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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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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Growth & Income

#1

Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTI)

Performance (1-YR): 18.99% Expense Ratio: 0.05%

#2

iShares Moderate Allocation ETF (AOM)

Performance (1-YR): 9.40% Expense Ratio: 0.31%

#3

iShares Conservative Allocation ETF (AOK)

Performance (1-YR): 7.15% Expense Ratio: 0.30%

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Growth

#1

SPDR S&P 400 Mid Cap Growth ETF (MDYG)

Performance (1-YR): 13.70% Expense Ratio: 0.25%

#2

SPDR S&P 500 Growth ETF (SPYG)

Performance (1-YR): 22.23% Expense Ratio: 0.20%

#3

SPDR S&P 600 Small Cap Growth ETF (SLYG)

Performance (1-YR): 13.23% Expense Ratio: 0.25%

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Health/Biotechnology

#1

Vanguard Health Care Index Fund (VHT)

Performance (1-YR): 23.22% Expense Ratio: 0.14%

#2

Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLV)

Performance (1-YR): 23.54% Expense Ratio: 0.21%

#3

Guggenheim S&P 500 Equal Weight Health Care ETF (RYH)

Performance (1-YR): 27.39% Expense Ratio: 0.50%

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Income

#1

Schwab US Dividend Equity ETF (SCHD)

Performance (1-YR): 16.39% Expense Ratio: 0.07%

#2

WisdomTree Total Dividend Fund (DTD)

Performance (1-YR): 17.01% Expense Ratio: 0.28%

#3

Vanguard High Dividend Yield Index Fund (VYM)

Performance (1-YR): 16.31% Expense Ratio: 0.20%

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Industrials

#1

SPDR S&P Transportation ETF (XTN)

Performance (1-YR): 36.19% Expense Ratio: 0.35%

#2

Vanguard Industrials Index Fund (VIS)

Performance (1-YR): 21.24% Expense Ratio: 0.14%

#3

Industrial Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLI)

Performance (1-YR): 21.92% Expense Ratio: 0.21%

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Infrastructure

#1

iShares Global Infrastructure ETF (IGF)

Performance (1-YR): 23.38% Expense Ratio: 0.48%

#2

SPDR S&P Global Infrastructure ETF (GII)

Performance (1-YR): 24.35% Expense Ratio: 0.59%

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Large-Cap

#1

SPDR Russell 3000 ETF (THRK)

Performance (1-YR): 19.17% Expense Ratio: 0.20%

#2

iShares Dow Jones U.S. ETF (IYY)

Performance (1-YR): 18.77% Expense Ratio: 0.20%

#3

iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (IVV)

Performance (1-YR): 19.39% Expense Ratio: 0.07%

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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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Micro-Cap

#1

iShares Micro-Cap ETF (IWC)

Performance (1-YR): 10.33% Expense Ratio: 0.68%

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Mid-Cap

#1

iShares Russell Mid-Cap ETF (IWR)

Performance (1-YR): 18.75% Expense Ratio: 0.21%

#2

Schwab U.S. Mid-Cap ETF (SCHM)

Performance (1-YR): 19.04% Expense Ratio: 0.07%

#3

Vanguard S&P Mid-Cap 400 ETF (IVOO)

Performance (1-YR): 15.59% Expense Ratio: 0.15%

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Multi-Cap

#1

iShares MSCI USA Size Factor ETF (SIZE)

Performance (1-YR): 17.07% Expense Ratio: 0.15%

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Municipal Debt

#1

iShares 2015 AMT-Free Muni Term ETF (IBMD)

Performance (1-YR): 0.32% Expense Ratio: 0.30%

#2

iShares 2017 AMT-Free Muni Term ETF (IBMF)

Performance (1-YR): 1.92% Expense Ratio: 0.30%

#3

iShares 2016 AMT-Free Muni Term ETF (IBME)

Performance (1-YR): 1.04% Expense Ratio: 0.30%

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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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Real Estate

#1

Schwab U.S. REIT ETF (SCHH)

Performance (1-YR): 9.37% Expense Ratio: 0.07%

#2

Vanguard REIT ETF (VNQ)

Performance (1-YR): 9.42% Expense Ratio: 0.10%

#3

SPDR Dow Jones REIT ETF (RWR)

Performance (1-YR): 9.10% Expense Ratio: 0.25%

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Science & Technology

#1

Vanguard Information Technology Index Fund (VGT)

Performance (1-YR): 30.93% Expense Ratio: 0.14%

#2

Guggenheim S&P 500 Equal Weight Technology ETF (RYT)

Performance (1-YR): 27.91% Expense Ratio: 0.50%

#3

iShares North American Tech ETF (IGM)

Performance (1-YR): 28.93% Expense Ratio: 0.48%

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Small-Cap

#1

SPDR S&P 600 Small Cap ETF (SLY)

Performance (1-YR): 13.70% Expense Ratio: 0.20%

#2

Schwab U.S. Small-Cap ETF (SCHA)

Performance (1-YR): 14.66% Expense Ratio: 0.08%

#3

iShares S&P Small-Cap Fund (IJR)

Performance (1-YR): 14.00% Expense Ratio: 0.16%

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Specialty: Equity

#1

FlexShares Morningstar US Market Factors Tilt Index Fund (TILT)

Performance (1-YR): 17.13% Expense Ratio: 0.27%

#2

iShares MSCI KLD 400 Social ETF (DSI)

Performance (1-YR): 19.09% Expense Ratio: 0.50%

#3

iShares MSCI USA Momentum Factor ETF (MTUM)

Performance (1-YR): 18.92% Expense Ratio: 0.15%

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Telecommunication

#1

Vanguard Telecommunication Services Index Fund (VOX)

Performance (1-YR): 9.80% Expense Ratio: 0.14%

#2

iShares U.S. Telecommunications ETF (IYZ)

Performance (1-YR): 9.00% Expense Ratio: 0.48%

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U.S. Mortgage

#1

SPDR Barclays Mortgage Backed Bond ETF (MBG)

Performance (1-YR): 4.20% Expense Ratio: 0.20%

#2

iShares MBS ETF (MBB)

Performance (1-YR): 4.28% Expense Ratio: 0.34%

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Utility

#1

Vanguard Utilities Index Fund (VPU)

Performance (1-YR): 11.43% Expense Ratio: 0.14%

#2

Guggenheim S&P 500 Equal Weight Utilities ETF (RYU)

Performance (1-YR): 14.32% Expense Ratio: 0.50%

#3

iShares U.S. Utilities ETF (IDU)

Performance (1-YR): 11.20% Expense Ratio: 0.48%

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Value

#1

SPDR S&P 400 Mid Cap Value ETF (MDYV)

Performance (1-YR): 17.11% Expense Ratio: 0.25%

#2

SPDR S&P 600 Small Cap Value ETF (SLYV)

Performance (1-YR): 14.00% Expense Ratio: 0.25%

#3

SPDR S&P 500 Value ETF (SPYV)

Performance (1-YR): 15.93% Expense Ratio: 0.20%

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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