ETF Categories & Rankings


We've painstakingly grouped all U.S.-listed ETFs based on geography, market cap, business focus, leverage, and many other factors. The proprietary ETF categories below are ranked by the market cap-weighted average SMART Grade™ of their constituents.

ETFs Categorized
Unique Categories

Rank Category Name # of ETFs Total AUM 12-Mo Chg Avg SMART Grade
1 Large Cap Blend ETFs 107 579.43B 15.15% A
Strong Buy
2 Large Cap Value ETFs 74 209.49B 14.47% A
Strong Buy
3 Foreign Large Cap Blend ETFs 50 154.86B 11.20% A
Strong Buy
4 Large Cap Growth ETFs 33 145.55B 17.01% A
Strong Buy
5 Emerging Markets Equities ETFs 77 126.72B 18.98% A
Strong Buy
6 Intermediate-Term Bond ETFs 29 118.99B -1.41% A
Strong Buy
7 Mid Cap Blend ETFs 25 105.07B 18.55% A
Strong Buy
8 European Equities ETFs 91 104.84B 11.45% A
Strong Buy
9 Small Cap Blend ETFs 28 99.22B 23.73% A
Strong Buy
10 Corporate Bond ETFs 54 85.97B -0.01% A
Strong Buy
11 Asia Pacific Equities Ex-China ETFs 77 59.07B 16.41% A
Strong Buy
12 High Yield Bond ETFs 36 57.13B 5.53% A
Strong Buy
13 Technology Equities ETFs 54 53.77B 25.32% A
Strong Buy
14 Health & Biotech ETFs 36 44.85B 13.67% A
Strong Buy
15 Ultra-Short Term Bonds 17 40.75B -0.04% A
Strong Buy
16 Inflation-Protected Bond ETFs 14 35.00B 1.21% A
Strong Buy
17 Consumer-Focused ETFs 45 33.44B 8.11% A
Strong Buy
18 Convertible Bond/Preferred Stock ETFs 15 31.04B 1.24% A
Strong Buy
19 Industrials Equities ETFs 34 30.49B 18.83% A
Strong Buy
20 Mid Cap Value ETFs 24 30.45B 17.45% A
Strong Buy
21 Global Equities ETFs 61 26.54B 13.17% A
Strong Buy
22 Mid Cap Growth ETFs 21 24.27B 15.67% A
Strong Buy
23 Municipal Bonds ETFs 33 22.97B -1.82% A
Strong Buy
24 Small Cap Growth ETFs 15 19.97B 23.10% A
Strong Buy
25 Emerging Markets Bonds ETFs 22 19.71B 4.54% A
Strong Buy
26 Foreign Large Cap Value ETFs 28 16.00B 12.08% A
Strong Buy
27 Long-Term Bond ETFs 7 13.52B -1.87% A
Strong Buy
28 Utility ETFs 14 12.45B 6.56% A
Strong Buy
29 Foreign Small/Mid Cap Blend Equities ETFs 7 11.49B 11.08% A
Strong Buy
30 Global Real Estate ETFs 12 11.21B -2.07% A
Strong Buy
31 All Cap Equities ETFs 23 10.33B 16.57% A
Strong Buy
32 China Equities ETFs 32 7.61B 19.83% A
Strong Buy
33 Diversified Portfolio ETFs 49 5.47B 6.58% A
Strong Buy
34 Foreign Small/Mid Cap Value Equities ETFs 10 3.49B 14.28% A
Strong Buy
35 Foreign Large Cap Growth ETFs 7 3.35B 7.94% A
Strong Buy
36 Water Equities ETFs 7 1.84B 15.68% A
Strong Buy
37 Long Short ETFs 23 564.67M 5.91% A
Strong Buy
38 Non-Traditional Bond ETFs 14 332.47M 3.09% A
Strong Buy
39 Precious Metals ETFs 33 68.07B 9.05% B
Buy
40 Real Estate ETFs 20 53.47B 1.64% B
Buy
41 Government Bonds ETFs 27 48.71B -2.36% B
Buy
42 Financial Equities ETFs 38 46.97B 30.88% A
Strong Buy
43 Small Cap Value ETFs 16 29.94B 22.83% B
Buy
44 Commodity ETFs 122 24.42B 12.58% B
Buy
45 MLP ETFs 21 20.56B 20.74% B
Buy
46 Leveraged Equities ETFs 71 16.30B 50.41% B
Buy
47 Global Bond ETFs 19 10.20B -0.80% B
Buy
48 Latin America ETFs 20 9.22B 33.57% B
Buy
49 Inverse Bonds ETFs 21 3.89B 3.43% B
Buy
50 Canada Equities ETFs 5 3.28B 14.84% B
Buy
51 Currency ETFs 24 2.26B -0.61% B
Buy
52 Alternative ETFs 17 1.95B -0.38% B
Buy
53 Inverse Volatility ETFs 5 1.08B 179.55% B
Buy
54 Leveraged Global ETFs 18 822.62M 62.97% B
Buy
55 IPO ETFs 4 704.45M 15.80% A
Strong Buy
56 Inverse Currency ETFs 5 619.69M 1.94% B
Buy
57 Energy Equities ETFs 38 31.46B 11.24% C
Neutral
58 Leveraged Bonds ETFs 4 99.31M -7.53% C
Neutral
59 Leveraged Currency ETFs 3 22.03M -7.87% C
Neutral
60 Inverse Equities ETFs 53 8.41B -34.33% D
Sell
61 Leveraged Commodities ETFs 22 4.67B -3.33% D
Sell
62 Inverse Commodities ETFs 31 1.18B -59.04% D
Sell
63 Inverse Global ETFs 16 698.51M -36.81% D
Sell
64 Volatility ETFs 11 1.33B -75.60% F
Strong Sell
65 Leveraged Volatility ETFs 3 612.70M -96.84% F
Strong Sell

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