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.

Large-Cap

#1

Vanguard Russell 1000 ETF (VONE)

Performance (1-YR): 22.68% Expense Ratio: 0.12%

#2

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

Performance (1-YR): 22.60% Expense Ratio: 0.07%

#3

iShares Dow Jones U.S. ETF (IYY)

Performance (1-YR): 22.51% Expense Ratio: 0.20%

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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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Emerging Markets

#1

Schwab Emerging Markets Equity ETF (SCHE)

Performance (1-YR): 2.14% Expense Ratio: 0.15%

#2

BLDRS Emerging Markets 50 ADR Index Fund (ADRE)

Performance (1-YR): 3.69% Expense Ratio: 0.30%

#3

iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (IEMG)

Performance (1-YR): 3.71% Expense Ratio: 0.18%

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Real Estate

#1

Schwab U.S. REIT ETF (SCHH)

Performance (1-YR): 3.02% Expense Ratio: 0.07%

#2

Vanguard REIT ETF (VNQ)

Performance (1-YR): 2.90% Expense Ratio: 0.10%

#3

SPDR Dow Jones REIT ETF (RWR)

Performance (1-YR): 2.83% Expense Ratio: 0.25%

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Municipal Debt

#1

iShares 2017 AMT-Free Muni Term ETF (MUAF)

Performance (1-YR): 0.26% Expense Ratio: 0.30%

#2

iShares California AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF (CMF)

Performance (1-YR): 2.28% Expense Ratio: 0.25%

#3

iShares 2015 AMT-Free Muni Term ETF (MUAD)

Performance (1-YR): 0.29% Expense Ratio: 0.30%

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Small-Cap

#1

SPDR S&P 600 Small Cap ETF (SLY)

Performance (1-YR): 29.61% Expense Ratio: 0.20%

#2

Vanguard Russell 2000 ETF (VTWO)

Performance (1-YR): 26.37% Expense Ratio: 0.15%

#3

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

Performance (1-YR): 28.68% Expense Ratio: 0.08%

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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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China Region

#1

PowerShares Chinese Yuan Dim Sum Bond Portfolio (DSUM)

Performance (1-YR): 0.20% Expense Ratio: 0.45%

#2

PowerShares Golden Dragon China Portfolio (PGJ)

Performance (1-YR): 60.62% Expense Ratio: 0.60%

#3

iShares MSCI China ETF (MCHI)

Performance (1-YR): 8.01% Expense Ratio: 0.61%

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Corporate Debt

#1

SPDR Barclays Investment Grade Floating Rate ETF (FLRN)

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

#2

iShares Government/Credit Bond ETF (GBF)

Performance (1-YR): 1.01% Expense Ratio: 0.20%

#3

SPDR Barclays Intermediate Term Corporate Bond ETF (ITR)

Performance (1-YR): 0.72% Expense Ratio: 0.15%

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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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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