The first exchange-traded fund (ETF) came onto the American financial markets in 1993 when State Street Global launched the SPDR S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY). With an average volume of over 200 million shares traded, this original ETF is still the most popular ETF traded today - but that doesn't mean it gives the best returns. (For related reading, see Introduction To Exchange-Traded Funds.)
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One of the biggest advantages of ETFs is that an investor can create a diversified portfolio with a handful of different ETFs to cover the entire stock and fixed income market. Likewise, for investors who already have a sizable portfolio of individual stocks, more specialized ETFs can be a great way to augment holdings and provide entry into a wide variety of sector, commodity, small-cap and emerging markets. Buying an ETF to represent an entire sector of the stock market can also be a great idea to ride out a bullish trend on a specific sector.
Sound appealing? Check out some of this year's hottest ETFs.
|Company||Net Asset Value||YTD % Gain|
|ProShares Ultra Silver (NYSE:AGQ)||201.10||+139.95%|
|Direxion Daily Real Estate Bull 3x Shares (NYSE:DRN)||146.75||+40.24%|
|iShares MSCI Thailand Invest Mkt Index (NYSE:THD)||645.74||+48.18%|
|ProShares Ultra Gold (NYSE:UGL)||203.70||+52.01%|
|iShares Silver Trust ETF (NYSE:SLV)||6,940M||+43.59%|
|Global X Silver Miners ETF (NYSE:SIL)||264.76M||
With gold and silver hitting record highs these days, it's no surprise that four of the top ETFs represent these precious metals. If you're looking to add a new twist to your portfolio, dive into some additional research on these leading funds.
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