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 109 596.65B 14.67% A
Strong Buy
2 Large Cap Value ETFs 75 213.52B 12.26% A
Strong Buy
3 Foreign Large Cap Blend ETFs 50 166.28B 9.60% A
Strong Buy
4 Large Cap Growth ETFs 33 153.31B 20.45% A
Strong Buy
5 Emerging Markets Equities ETFs 77 131.52B 15.19% A
Strong Buy
6 Intermediate-Term Bond ETFs 29 122.26B -1.41% A
Strong Buy
7 European Equities ETFs 91 114.02B 10.44% A
Strong Buy
8 Mid Cap Blend ETFs 26 108.31B 16.60% A
Strong Buy
9 Small Cap Blend ETFs 30 104.37B 21.12% A
Strong Buy
10 Corporate Bond ETFs 54 88.97B -0.61% A
Strong Buy
11 High Yield Bond ETFs 36 61.34B 3.99% A
Strong Buy
12 Asia Pacific Equities Ex-China ETFs 77 60.55B 16.63% A
Strong Buy
13 Technology Equities ETFs 54 56.30B 30.60% A
Strong Buy
14 Government Bonds ETFs 27 50.00B -2.06% A
Strong Buy
15 Health & Biotech ETFs 36 46.03B 9.32% A
Strong Buy
16 Ultra-Short Term Bonds 19 41.03B -0.11% A
Strong Buy
17 Inflation-Protected Bond ETFs 13 35.28B 0.18% A
Strong Buy
18 Consumer-Focused ETFs 45 34.20B 9.77% A
Strong Buy
19 Convertible Bond/Preferred Stock ETFs 15 32.49B 1.72% A
Strong Buy
20 Industrials Equities ETFs 34 31.97B 17.87% A
Strong Buy
21 Small Cap Value ETFs 16 30.87B 20.15% A
Strong Buy
22 Mid Cap Value ETFs 24 30.67B 15.17% A
Strong Buy
23 Global Equities ETFs 60 27.50B 11.06% A
Strong Buy
24 Mid Cap Growth ETFs 21 25.29B 14.64% A
Strong Buy
25 Municipal Bonds ETFs 34 23.60B -2.20% A
Strong Buy
26 Emerging Markets Bonds ETFs 22 21.32B 2.77% A
Strong Buy
27 Small Cap Growth ETFs 15 20.65B 20.77% A
Strong Buy
28 Leveraged Equities ETFs 70 17.19B 49.21% A
Strong Buy
29 Foreign Large Cap Value ETFs 28 16.64B 8.70% A
Strong Buy
30 Long-Term Bond ETFs 7 13.98B -1.78% A
Strong Buy
31 Utility ETFs 14 12.80B 7.68% A
Strong Buy
32 Foreign Small/Mid Cap Blend Equities ETFs 7 12.10B 11.04% A
Strong Buy
33 Global Real Estate ETFs 12 11.75B -4.21% A
Strong Buy
34 Global Bond ETFs 19 10.63B -0.58% A
Strong Buy
35 All Cap Equities ETFs 26 10.50B 15.25% A
Strong Buy
36 China Equities ETFs 32 7.74B 15.63% A
Strong Buy
37 Diversified Portfolio ETFs 50 5.69B 5.26% A
Strong Buy
38 Foreign Small/Mid Cap Value Equities ETFs 10 3.70B 13.32% A
Strong Buy
39 Foreign Large Cap Growth ETFs 7 3.55B 8.38% A
Strong Buy
40 Water Equities ETFs 7 1.90B 12.80% A
Strong Buy
41 Inverse Volatility ETFs 5 1.36B 167.14% A
Strong Buy
42 Long Short ETFs 23 596.76M 6.44% A
Strong Buy
43 Non-Traditional Bond ETFs 14 367.53M 1.76% A
Strong Buy
44 Precious Metals ETFs 33 69.20B -2.67% B
Buy
45 Real Estate ETFs 20 54.09B 0.89% B
Buy
46 Financial Equities ETFs 39 46.67B 24.95% B
Buy
47 Commodity ETFs 127 24.23B 2.65% B
Buy
48 MLP ETFs 21 20.86B 6.51% B
Buy
49 Latin America ETFs 21 9.33B 20.67% B
Buy
50 Inverse Bonds ETFs 21 3.85B 0.78% B
Buy
51 Canada Equities ETFs 5 3.14B 3.92% B
Buy
52 Currency ETFs 24 2.29B -1.21% B
Buy
53 Alternative ETFs 18 1.83B -0.22% B
Buy
54 Leveraged Global ETFs 18 854.99M 40.01% B
Buy
55 IPO ETFs 4 755.22M 14.09% A
Strong Buy
56 Leveraged Currency ETFs 3 21.42M -11.32% B
Buy
57 Energy Equities ETFs 38 30.32B -0.55% C
Neutral
58 Inverse Currency ETFs 5 503.68M 6.38% C
Neutral
59 Leveraged Bonds ETFs 4 117.08M -6.85% C
Neutral
60 Inverse Equities ETFs 51 8.40B -33.22% D
Sell
61 Leveraged Commodities ETFs 22 4.02B -43.51% D
Sell
62 Inverse Commodities ETFs 31 1.21B -47.17% D
Sell
63 Inverse Global ETFs 16 678.66M -31.51% D
Sell
64 Volatility ETFs 11 1.25B -74.78% F
Strong Sell
65 Leveraged Volatility ETFs 3 563.61M -96.42% F
Strong Sell

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