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): 14.73% Expense Ratio: 0.12%

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China Region

#1

PowerShares Chinese Yuan Dim Sum Bond Portfolio (DSUM)

Performance (1-YR): 3.82% Expense Ratio: 0.45%

#2

iShares MSCI China ETF (MCHI)

Performance (1-YR): 15.97% Expense Ratio: 0.61%

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Corporate Debt

#1

SPDR Barclays Investment Grade Floating Rate ETF (FLRN)

Performance (1-YR): 0.13% Expense Ratio: 0.15%

#2

SPDR Barclays Intermediate Term Corporate Bond ETF (ITR)

Performance (1-YR): 4.41% Expense Ratio: 0.15%

#3

SPDR Barclays Long Term Corporate Bond ETF (LWC)

Performance (1-YR): 11.66% Expense Ratio: 0.15%

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Emerging Markets Debt

#1

PowerShares Emerging Markets Sovereign Debt Portfolio (PCY)

Performance (1-YR): 8.75% Expense Ratio: 0.50%

#2

Market Vectors Emerging Markets Local Currency Bond ETF (EMLC)

Performance (1-YR): 3.14% Expense Ratio: 0.49%

#3

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

Performance (1-YR): 8.16% Expense Ratio: 0.60%

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Emerging Markets

#1

BLDRS Emerging Markets 50 ADR Index Fund (ADRE)

Performance (1-YR): 17.53% Expense Ratio: 0.30%

#2

Schwab Emerging Markets Equity ETF (SCHE)

Performance (1-YR): 13.70% Expense Ratio: 0.15%

#3

iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (IEMG)

Performance (1-YR): 13.87% Expense Ratio: 0.18%

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Financial Services

#1

Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLF)

Performance (1-YR): 11.18% Expense Ratio: 0.21%

#2

SPDR S&P Insurance ETF (KIE)

Performance (1-YR): 12.83% Expense Ratio: 0.35%

#3

SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF (KRE)

Performance (1-YR): 6.63% Expense Ratio: 0.35%

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Growth & Income

#1

Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTI)

Performance (1-YR): 18.18% Expense Ratio: 0.05%

#2

iShares Moderate Allocation ETF (AOM)

Performance (1-YR): 8.59% Expense Ratio: 0.31%

#3

iShares Conservative Allocation ETF (AOK)

Performance (1-YR): 6.77% Expense Ratio: 0.30%

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Income

#1

Schwab US Dividend Equity ETF (SCHD)

Performance (1-YR): 16.35% Expense Ratio: 0.07%

#2

WisdomTree Total Dividend Fund (DTD)

Performance (1-YR): 16.48% Expense Ratio: 0.28%

#3

Vanguard High Dividend Yield Index Fund (VYM)

Performance (1-YR): 16.01% Expense Ratio: 0.20%

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Industrials

#1

SPDR S&P Transportation ETF (XTN)

Performance (1-YR): 33.02% Expense Ratio: 0.35%

#2

Vanguard Industrials Index Fund (VIS)

Performance (1-YR): 20.50% Expense Ratio: 0.14%

#3

Industrial Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLI)

Performance (1-YR): 21.39% Expense Ratio: 0.21%

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International

#1

iShares Core MSCI Total International Stock ETF (IXUS)

Performance (1-YR): 15.21% Expense Ratio: 0.16%

#2

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

Performance (1-YR): 16.20% Expense Ratio: 0.42%

#3

iShares Core MSCI EAFE ETF (IEFA)

Performance (1-YR): 15.16% Expense Ratio: 0.14%

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Japanese

#1

DBX-Trackers MSCI Japan Hedged Equity Fund (DBJP)

Performance (1-YR): 4.06% Expense Ratio: 0.50%

#2

iShares MSCI Japan ETF (EWJ)

Performance (1-YR): 2.42% Expense Ratio: 0.53%

#3

WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (DXJ)

Performance (1-YR): 4.83% Expense Ratio: 0.48%

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Large-Cap

#1

SPDR Russell 3000 ETF (THRK)

Performance (1-YR): 18.39% Expense Ratio: 0.20%

#2

iShares Dow Jones U.S. ETF (IYY)

Performance (1-YR): 18.27% Expense Ratio: 0.20%

#3

iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (IVV)

Performance (1-YR): 18.60% Expense Ratio: 0.07%

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Mid-Cap

#1

iShares Russell Mid-Cap ETF (IWR)

Performance (1-YR): 17.96% Expense Ratio: 0.21%

#2

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

Performance (1-YR): 14.94% Expense Ratio: 0.15%

#3

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

Performance (1-YR): 18.19% Expense Ratio: 0.07%

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Multi-Cap

#1

iShares MSCI USA Size Factor ETF (SIZE)

Performance (1-YR): 16.57% Expense Ratio: 0.15%

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Municipal Debt

#1

iShares 2015 AMT-Free Muni Term ETF (IBMD)

Performance (1-YR): 0.13% Expense Ratio: 0.30%

#2

iShares 2017 AMT-Free Muni Term ETF (IBMF)

Performance (1-YR): 2.09% Expense Ratio: 0.30%

#3

iShares 2016 AMT-Free Muni Term ETF (IBME)

Performance (1-YR): 1.27% Expense Ratio: 0.30%

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Real Estate

#1

Schwab U.S. REIT ETF (SCHH)

Performance (1-YR): 8.89% Expense Ratio: 0.07%

#2

Vanguard REIT ETF (VNQ)

Performance (1-YR): 8.96% Expense Ratio: 0.10%

#3

SPDR Dow Jones REIT ETF (RWR)

Performance (1-YR): 8.60% Expense Ratio: 0.25%

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Specialty: Fixed Income

#1

iShares Floating Rate Bond ETF (FLOT)

Performance (1-YR): 0.74% Expense Ratio: 0.20%

#2

PowerShares Senior Loan Portfolio (BKLN)

Performance (1-YR): 3.20% Expense Ratio: 0.75%

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Treasury Inflation Protected Securities

#1

Schwab U.S. TIPs ETF (SCHP)

Performance (1-YR): 3.33% Expense Ratio: 0.07%

#2

SPDR Barclays TIPS ETF (IPE)

Performance (1-YR): 3.50% Expense Ratio: 0.18%

#3

PIMCO Broad U.S. TIPS Index Exchange-Traded Fund (TIPZ)

Performance (1-YR): 3.51% Expense Ratio: 0.20%

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U.S. Government

#1

SPDR Barclays Intermediate Term Treasury ETF (ITE)

Performance (1-YR): 1.02% Expense Ratio: 0.13%

#2

Vanguard Intermediate-Term Government Bond ETF (VGIT)

Performance (1-YR): 1.72% Expense Ratio: 0.15%

#3

iShares Agency Bond ETF (AGZ)

Performance (1-YR): 2.37% Expense Ratio: 0.20%

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U.S. Mortgage

#1

SPDR Barclays Mortgage Backed Bond ETF (MBG)

Performance (1-YR): 3.87% Expense Ratio: 0.20%

#2

iShares MBS ETF (MBB)

Performance (1-YR): 4.22% Expense Ratio: 0.34%

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U.S. Treasury

#1

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

Performance (1-YR): 0.37% Expense Ratio: 0.09%

#2

iShares 10-20 Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLH)

Performance (1-YR): 5.31% Expense Ratio: 0.15%

#3

Schwab Short-Term U.S. Treasury ETF (SCHO)

Performance (1-YR): 0.43% Expense Ratio: 0.08%

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Ultra-Short Obligations

#1

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

Performance (1-YR): 0.09% Expense Ratio: 0.13%

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Utility

#1

Vanguard Utilities Index Fund (VPU)

Performance (1-YR): 11.86% Expense Ratio: 0.14%

#2

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

Performance (1-YR): 14.51% Expense Ratio: 0.50%

#3

iShares U.S. Utilities ETF (IDU)

Performance (1-YR): 11.69% Expense Ratio: 0.48%

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Updated 07.21.2014

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