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): 22.41% Expense Ratio: 0.12%

#2

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

Performance (1-YR): 22.33% Expense Ratio: 0.07%

#3

iShares Dow Jones U.S. ETF (IYY)

Performance (1-YR): 22.24% Expense Ratio: 0.20%

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Gold Oriented

#1

iShares COMEX Gold Trust (IAU)

Performance (1-YR): 9.68% Expense Ratio: 0.25%

#2

PowerShares DB Gold Fund (DGL)

Performance (1-YR): 10.80% Expense Ratio: 0.50%

#3

SPDR Gold Shares (GLD)

Performance (1-YR): 9.91% Expense Ratio: 0.40%

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Emerging Markets

#1

BLDRS Emerging Markets 50 ADR Index Fund (ADRE)

Performance (1-YR): 1.91% Expense Ratio: 0.30%

#2

Schwab Emerging Markets Equity ETF (SCHE)

Performance (1-YR): 1.27% Expense Ratio: 0.15%

#3

iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (IEMG)

Performance (1-YR): 2.10% Expense Ratio: 0.18%

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Real Estate

#1

Schwab U.S. REIT ETF (SCHH)

Performance (1-YR): 1.76% Expense Ratio: 0.07%

#2

Vanguard REIT ETF (VNQ)

Performance (1-YR): 1.61% Expense Ratio: 0.10%

#3

SPDR Dow Jones REIT ETF (RWR)

Performance (1-YR): 1.59% Expense Ratio: 0.25%

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Municipal Debt

#1

iShares 2017 AMT-Free Muni Term ETF (MUAF)

Performance (1-YR): 0.43% Expense Ratio: 0.30%

#2

iShares California AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF (CMF)

Performance (1-YR): 1.91% Expense Ratio: 0.25%

#3

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

Performance (1-YR): 0.02% Expense Ratio: 0.25%

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Small-Cap

#1

SPDR S&P 600 Small Cap ETF (SLY)

Performance (1-YR): 29.99% Expense Ratio: 0.20%

#2

Vanguard Russell 2000 ETF (VTWO)

Performance (1-YR): 26.46% Expense Ratio: 0.15%

#3

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

Performance (1-YR): 28.67% Expense Ratio: 0.08%

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Commodities

#1

PowerShares DB Base Metals Fund (DBB)

Performance (1-YR): 4.02% Expense Ratio: 0.75%

#2

PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund (DBC)

Performance (1-YR): 2.87% Expense Ratio: 0.75%

#3

Global X Uranium ETF (URA)

Performance (1-YR): 3.59% Expense Ratio: 0.69%

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China Region

#1

PowerShares Chinese Yuan Dim Sum Bond Portfolio (DSUM)

Performance (1-YR): 0.16% Expense Ratio: 0.45%

#2

PowerShares Golden Dragon China Portfolio (PGJ)

Performance (1-YR): 60.79% Expense Ratio: 0.60%

#3

iShares MSCI China ETF (MCHI)

Performance (1-YR): 3.27% 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

iShares Government/Credit Bond ETF (GBF)

Performance (1-YR): 1.34% Expense Ratio: 0.20%

#3

SPDR Barclays Intermediate Term Corporate Bond ETF (ITR)

Performance (1-YR): 0.46% Expense Ratio: 0.15%

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Natural Resources

#1

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

Performance (1-YR): 27.18% Expense Ratio: 0.50%

#2

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

Performance (1-YR): 26.00% Expense Ratio: 0.36%

#3

Vanguard Energy Index Fund (VDE)

Performance (1-YR): 26.55% Expense Ratio: 0.14%

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Updated 04.21.2014

Top Performing ETFs As of 03.05.2014

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