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

SPDR Russell 3000 ETF (THRK)

Performance (1-YR): 20.95% Expense Ratio: 0.20%

#2

iShares Dow Jones U.S. ETF (IYY)

Performance (1-YR): 20.98% Expense Ratio: 0.20%

#3

iShares Russell Top 200 ETF (IWL)

Performance (1-YR): 20.89% Expense Ratio: 0.15%

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Gold Oriented

#1

iShares COMEX Gold Trust (IAU)

Performance (1-YR): 5.53% Expense Ratio: 0.25%

#2

PowerShares DB Gold Fund (DGL)

Performance (1-YR): 4.82% Expense Ratio: 0.50%

#3

SPDR Gold Shares (GLD)

Performance (1-YR): 5.35% Expense Ratio: 0.40%

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Emerging Markets

#1

BLDRS Emerging Markets 50 ADR Index Fund (ADRE)

Performance (1-YR): 19.09% Expense Ratio: 0.30%

#2

Schwab Emerging Markets Equity ETF (SCHE)

Performance (1-YR): 17.53% Expense Ratio: 0.15%

#3

iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (IEMG)

Performance (1-YR): 17.96% Expense Ratio: 0.18%

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Real Estate

#1

Schwab U.S. REIT ETF (SCHH)

Performance (1-YR): 11.26% Expense Ratio: 0.07%

#2

Vanguard REIT ETF (VNQ)

Performance (1-YR): 11.40% Expense Ratio: 0.10%

#3

SPDR Dow Jones REIT ETF (RWR)

Performance (1-YR): 11.06% Expense Ratio: 0.25%

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Municipal Debt

#1

iShares 2015 AMT-Free Muni Term ETF (IBMD)

Performance (1-YR): 0.64% Expense Ratio: 0.30%

#2

iShares 2017 AMT-Free Muni Term ETF (IBMF)

Performance (1-YR): 2.90% Expense Ratio: 0.30%

#3

iShares 2016 AMT-Free Muni Term ETF (IBME)

Performance (1-YR): 1.57% Expense Ratio: 0.30%

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Small-Cap

#1

SPDR S&P 600 Small Cap ETF (SLY)

Performance (1-YR): 18.48% Expense Ratio: 0.20%

#2

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

Performance (1-YR): 19.51% Expense Ratio: 0.08%

#3

iShares S&P Small-Cap Fund (IJR)

Performance (1-YR): 18.56% Expense Ratio: 0.16%

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Commodities

#1

PowerShares DB Base Metals Fund (DBB)

Performance (1-YR): 7.21% Expense Ratio: 0.75%

#2

PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund (DBC)

Performance (1-YR): 1.04% Expense Ratio: 0.75%

#3

iShares GSCI Commodity-Indexed Trust (GSG)

Performance (1-YR): 2.98% Expense Ratio: 0.75%

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China Region

#1

PowerShares Chinese Yuan Dim Sum Bond Portfolio (DSUM)

Performance (1-YR): 4.44% Expense Ratio: 0.45%

#2

PowerShares Golden Dragon China Portfolio (PGJ)

Performance (1-YR): 42.90% Expense Ratio: 0.60%

#3

iShares MSCI China ETF (MCHI)

Performance (1-YR): 20.49% Expense Ratio: 0.61%

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Corporate Debt

#1

SPDR Barclays Investment Grade Floating Rate ETF (FLRN)

Performance (1-YR): 0.29% Expense Ratio: 0.15%

#2

SPDR Barclays Long Term Corporate Bond ETF (LWC)

Performance (1-YR): 12.97% Expense Ratio: 0.15%

#3

iShares Core US Credit Bond ETF (CRED)

Performance (1-YR): 7.13% Expense Ratio: 0.20%

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Natural Resources

#1

Vanguard Energy Index Fund (VDE)

Performance (1-YR): 24.39% Expense Ratio: 0.14%

#2

Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLE)

Performance (1-YR): 24.41% Expense Ratio: 0.21%

#3

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

Performance (1-YR): 16.91% Expense Ratio: 0.36%

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Updated 07.08.2014

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