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.

Capital Appreciation

#1

Vanguard FTSE Developed Markets ETF (VEA)

Performance (1-YR): 15.66% Expense Ratio: 0.12%

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China Region

#1

PowerShares Chinese Yuan Dim Sum Bond Portfolio (DSUM)

Performance (1-YR): 0.06% Expense Ratio: 0.45%

#2

PowerShares Golden Dragon China Portfolio (PGJ)

Performance (1-YR): 60.89% Expense Ratio: 0.60%

#3

iShares MSCI China ETF (MCHI)

Performance (1-YR): 3.10% Expense Ratio: 0.61%

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Corporate Debt

#1

SPDR Barclays Investment Grade Floating Rate ETF (FLRN)

Performance (1-YR): 0.06% Expense Ratio: 0.15%

#2

iShares Government/Credit Bond ETF (GBF)

Performance (1-YR): 1.36% Expense Ratio: 0.20%

#3

SPDR Barclays Intermediate Term Corporate Bond ETF (ITR)

Performance (1-YR): 0.38% Expense Ratio: 0.15%

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Emerging Markets Debt

#1

iShares Emerging Markets Local Currency Bond ETF (LEMB)

Performance (1-YR): 4.05% Expense Ratio: 0.60%

#2

Market Vectors Emerging Markets Local Currency Bond ETF (EMLC)

Performance (1-YR): 9.13% Expense Ratio: 0.49%

#3

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

Performance (1-YR): 2.69% Expense Ratio: 0.60%

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Emerging Markets

#1

BLDRS Emerging Markets 50 ADR Index Fund (ADRE)

Performance (1-YR): 0.93% Expense Ratio: 0.30%

#2

Schwab Emerging Markets Equity ETF (SCHE)

Performance (1-YR): 0.43% Expense Ratio: 0.15%

#3

iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (IEMG)

Performance (1-YR): 1.39% Expense Ratio: 0.18%

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Financial Services

#1

Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLF)

Performance (1-YR): 21.20% Expense Ratio: 0.21%

#2

Guggenheim S&P 500 Equal Weight Financials ETF (RYF)

Performance (1-YR): 22.08% Expense Ratio: 0.50%

#3

SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF (KRE)

Performance (1-YR): 31.88% Expense Ratio: 0.35%

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Growth & Income

#1

Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTI)

Performance (1-YR): 22.37% Expense Ratio: 0.05%

#2

iShares Conservative Allocation ETF (AOK)

Performance (1-YR): 5.40% Expense Ratio: 0.30%

#3

iShares Moderate Allocation ETF (AOM)

Performance (1-YR): 7.96% Expense Ratio: 0.31%

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Income

#1

Schwab US Dividend Equity ETF (SCHD)

Performance (1-YR): 17.71% Expense Ratio: 0.07%

#2

Vanguard Dividend Appreciation Index Fund (VIG)

Performance (1-YR): 16.87% Expense Ratio: 0.24%

#3

Vanguard High Dividend Yield Index Fund (VYM)

Performance (1-YR): 17.00% Expense Ratio: 0.20%

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Industrials

#1

SPDR S&P Transportation ETF (XTN)

Performance (1-YR): 39.72% Expense Ratio: 0.35%

#2

Vanguard Industrials Index Fund (VIS)

Performance (1-YR): 32.63% Expense Ratio: 0.14%

#3

Industrial Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLI)

Performance (1-YR): 32.24% Expense Ratio: 0.21%

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International

#1

iShares Core MSCI Total International Stock ETF (IXUS)

Performance (1-YR): 13.24% Expense Ratio: 0.16%

#2

iShares Core MSCI EAFE ETF (IEFA)

Performance (1-YR): 16.38% Expense Ratio: 0.14%

#3

FlexShares Morningstar Developed Markets ex-US Factor Tilt Index Fund (TLTD)

Performance (1-YR): 17.51% Expense Ratio: 0.42%

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International Income

#1

iShares S&P/Citigroup International Treasury Bond Fund Ex-US (IGOV)

Performance (1-YR): 5.22% Expense Ratio: 0.35%

#2

iShares S&P/Citigroup 1-3 Year International Treasury Bond Fund (ISHG)

Performance (1-YR): 3.61% Expense Ratio: 0.35%

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Japanese

#1

iShares MSCI Japan ETF (EWJ)

Performance (1-YR): 1.75% Expense Ratio: 0.53%

#2

DBX-Trackers MSCI Japan Hedged Equity Fund (DBJP)

Performance (1-YR): 1.01% Expense Ratio: 0.50%

#3

WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (DXJ)

Performance (1-YR): 0.17% Expense Ratio: 0.48%

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Large-Cap

#1

Vanguard Russell 1000 ETF (VONE)

Performance (1-YR): 22.00% Expense Ratio: 0.12%

#2

iShares Core S&P Total U.S. Stock Market ETF (ITOT)

Performance (1-YR): 21.64% Expense Ratio: 0.07%

#3

iShares Dow Jones U.S. ETF (IYY)

Performance (1-YR): 21.70% Expense Ratio: 0.20%

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Mid-Cap

#1

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

Performance (1-YR): 21.73% Expense Ratio: 0.15%

#2

iShares Russell Mid-Cap ETF (IWR)

Performance (1-YR): 23.42% Expense Ratio: 0.21%

#3

iShares S&P MidCap Fund (IJH)

Performance (1-YR): 21.68% Expense Ratio: 0.15%

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Municipal Debt

#1

iShares 2017 AMT-Free Muni Term ETF (MUAF)

Performance (1-YR): 0.37% Expense Ratio: 0.30%

#2

iShares California AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF (CMF)

Performance (1-YR): 1.78% Expense Ratio: 0.25%

#3

iShares New York AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF (NYF)

Performance (1-YR): 0.07% Expense Ratio: 0.25%

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Real Estate

#1

Schwab U.S. REIT ETF (SCHH)

Performance (1-YR): 1.44% Expense Ratio: 0.07%

#2

SPDR Dow Jones REIT ETF (RWR)

Performance (1-YR): 1.20% Expense Ratio: 0.25%

#3

Vanguard REIT ETF (VNQ)

Performance (1-YR): 1.27% Expense Ratio: 0.10%

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Specialty: Fixed Income

#1

iShares Floating Rate Bond ETF (FLOT)

Performance (1-YR): 0.51% Expense Ratio: 0.20%

#2

PowerShares Senior Loan Portfolio (BKLN)

Performance (1-YR): 2.26% Expense Ratio: 0.75%

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Treasury Inflation Protected Securities

#1

Schwab U.S. TIPs ETF (SCHP)

Performance (1-YR): 6.19% Expense Ratio: 0.07%

#2

SPDR Barclays TIPS ETF (IPE)

Performance (1-YR): 6.60% Expense Ratio: 0.18%

#3

iShares TIPS Bond ETF (TIP)

Performance (1-YR): 6.21% Expense Ratio: 0.20%

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U.S. Government

#1

SPDR Barclays Intermediate Term Treasury ETF (ITE)

Performance (1-YR): 1.23% Expense Ratio: 0.13%

#2

iShares Core Short-Term U.S. Bond ETF (ISTB)

Performance (1-YR): 0.34% Expense Ratio: 0.12%

#3

Vanguard Short-Term Government Bond ETF (VGSH)

Performance (1-YR): 0.31% Expense Ratio: 0.15%

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U.S. Mortgage

#1

SPDR Barclays Mortgage Backed Bond ETF (MBG)

Performance (1-YR): 0.17% Expense Ratio: 0.20%

#2

Vanguard Mortgage-Backed Securities ETF (VMBS)

Performance (1-YR): 0.23% Expense Ratio: 0.15%

#3

iShares MBS ETF (MBB)

Performance (1-YR): 0.50% Expense Ratio: 0.34%

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U.S. Treasury

#1

Schwab Intermediate-Term U.S. Treasury ETF (SCHR)

Performance (1-YR): 2.39% Expense Ratio: 0.10%

#2

iShares U.S. Treasury Bond ETF (GOVT)

Performance (1-YR): 1.82% Expense Ratio: 0.15%

#3

PIMCO 1-3 Year U.S. Treasury Index Exchange-Traded Fund (TUZ)

Performance (1-YR): 0.33% Expense Ratio: 0.09%

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Ultra-Short Obligations

#1

SPDR Barclays Capital 1-3 Month T-Bill ETF (BIL)

Performance (1-YR): 0.11% Expense Ratio: 0.13%

#2

iShares Short Treasury Bond ETF (SHV)

Performance (1-YR): 0.03% Expense Ratio: 0.15%

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Utility

#1

Vanguard Utilities Index Fund (VPU)

Performance (1-YR): 8.16% Expense Ratio: 0.14%

#2

Utilities Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLU)

Performance (1-YR): 7.36% Expense Ratio: 0.21%

#3

iShares U.S. Utilities ETF (IDU)

Performance (1-YR): 8.38% Expense Ratio: 0.48%

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Updated 04.22.2014

Top Performing ETFs As of 04.22.2014

EGShares India Infrastructure ETF (INXX)

Global Equity | Infrastructure Funds

Total Return: 17.13%

Global X/InterBolsa FTSE Colombia 20 ETF (GXG)

Global Equity | Latin American Funds

Total Return: 15.09%

iShares MSCI Colombia Capped ETF (ICOL)

Global Equity | Emerging Markets Funds

Total Return: 14.81%

Guggenheim Solar ETF (TAN)

Global Equity | Natural Resources Funds

Total Return: 178.42%

Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF (KWT)

Global Equity | Natural Resources Funds

Total Return: 131.39%

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

Equity | Natural Resources Funds

Total Return: 84.21%

Guggenheim S&P 500 Pure Value ETF (RPV)

Equity | Value Funds

Total Return: 36.65%

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

Equity | Value Funds

Total Return: 36.05%

PowerShares NASDAQ Internet Portfolio (PNQI)

Equity | Science & Technology Funds

Total Return: 34.37%

* Annualized