Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)

What is an ETF?ETFs Value

The Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) were introduced during the 80s. ETFs are funds that aim to track indices like the S&P 500 and the Dow Industrial. ETFs simply replicate the performance of a particular index. An ETF is a fund that is traded like a common stock. By investing in an ETF, an investor enjoys the diversification effect of an index fund but also the ability to buy on margin and to sell short. Furthermore, the expense ratio of an ETF is usually lower than the expense ratio of a mutual fund.

Top US ETFs by Total Assets (Symbol & Bloomberg Link)

Consumer Discretionary ETFs

ETF NAME ETF SYMBOL
MARKET VECTORS R RTH:US
SPDR-CONS DISCRE XLY:US
SPDR S&P RETAIL XRT:US
ISHARES-DJ CN SR IYC:US
VANGUARD CN DI E VCR:US

Consumer Staples ETFs

ETF NAME ETF SYMBOL
SPDR-CONS STAPLE XLP:US
VANGUARD CN ST E VDC:US
ISHARES-DJ CN GD IYK:US
ISHARES S&P CONS KXI:US
POWERSH-FOOD&BEV PBJ:US

 

Forex

Energy ETFs

ETF NAME ETF SYMBOL
SPDR-ENERGY SEL XLE:US
MARKET VECTORS O OIH:US
ISHARES S&P NRSI IGE:US
US NAT GAS FD LP UNG:US
ISHARES-DJ ENERG IYE:US

Financial Services ETFs

ETF NAME ETF SYMBOL
SPDR-FINL SELECT XLF:US
SPDR S&P REG BAN KRE:US
POWERSHARES FIN PGF:US
SPDR S&P BANK ET KBE:US
ISHARES-DJ FN SC IYF:US

Healthcare ETFs

ETF NAME ETF SYMBOL
SPDR-HEALTH CARE XLV:US
ISHARES-NDQ BIOT IBB:US
ISHARES-DJ HEALT IYH:US
MARKET VECTORS P PPH:US
VANGUARD H/C ETF VHT:US

Industrial ETFs

ETF NAME ETF SYMBOL
SPDR-INDU SELECT XLI:US
ISHARES-DJ INDUS IYJ:US
VANGUARD IND ETF VIS:US
ISHARES-DJ A & D ITA:US
POWERSH-AERO&DEF PPA:US

Materials ETFs

ETF NAME ETF SYMBOL
MKT VECT-GOLD MI GDX:US
SPDR-MATERIALS XLB:US
ISHARES-DJ BSC M IYM:US
SPDR S&P MET & M XME:US
VANGUARD MATER E VAW:US

Real Estate ETFs

ETF NAME ETF SYMBOL
ISHARES-DJ REAL IYR:US
VANGUARD REIT ET VNQ:US
ISHARES-REALTY M ICF:US
SPDR DOW JONES R RWR:US
SPDR DJ INTERNAT RWX:US

Technology ETFs

ETF NAME ETF SYMBOL
SPDR-TECH SEL S XLK:US
MARKET VECTORS B BBH:US
ISHARES-DJ TECH IYW:US
MARKET VECTORS S SMH:US
ISHARES-GLB TECH IXN:US

 

Telecommunications ETFs

ETF NAME ETF SYMBOL
ISHARES-DJ TELEC IYZ:US
VANGUARD INF T E VGT:US
ISHARES-GLB TELE IXP:US
VANGUARD TEL S E VOX:US
TELECOM HOLDRS TTH:US

Utilities ETFs

ETF NAME ETF SYMBOL
SPDR-UTIL SELECT XLU:US
POWERSH-WATER RE PHO:US
ISHARES-DJ UTIL IDU:US
VANGUARD UTI ETF VPU:US
ISHARES S&P GLOB JXI:US
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