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 109 546.13B 22.96% A
Strong Buy
2 Large Cap Value ETFs 75 197.05B 23.16% A
Strong Buy
3 Foreign Large Cap Blend ETFs 49 136.86B 15.07% A
Strong Buy
4 Large Cap Growth ETFs 33 136.43B 23.31% A
Strong Buy
5 Intermediate-Term Bond ETFs 28 113.81B -0.94% A
Strong Buy
6 Emerging Markets Equities ETFs 77 105.28B 28.55% A
Strong Buy
7 Mid Cap Blend ETFs 25 96.62B 30.18% A
Strong Buy
8 Small Cap Blend ETFs 28 94.07B 36.60% A
Strong Buy
9 European Equities ETFs 91 91.75B 14.32% A
Strong Buy
10 Corporate Bond ETFs 53 79.65B 2.31% A
Strong Buy
11 High Yield Bond ETFs 36 57.44B 10.81% A
Strong Buy
12 Asia Pacific Equities Ex-China ETFs 80 54.50B 22.83% A
Strong Buy
13 Real Estate ETFs 20 51.44B 12.10% A
Strong Buy
14 Technology Equities ETFs 54 47.28B 34.10% A
Strong Buy
15 Financial Equities ETFs 38 44.32B 47.58% A
Strong Buy
16 Health & Biotech ETFs 36 40.90B 14.73% A
Strong Buy
17 Ultra-Short Term Bonds 17 35.63B 0.00% A
Strong Buy
18 Inflation-Protected Bond ETFs 14 32.25B 2.41% A
Strong Buy
19 Consumer-Focused ETFs 45 31.54B 12.83% A
Strong Buy
20 Convertible Bond/Preferred Stock ETFs 15 29.23B 4.24% A
Strong Buy
21 Small Cap Value ETFs 16 28.85B 38.55% A
Strong Buy
22 Industrials Equities ETFs 33 28.18B 30.03% A
Strong Buy
23 Mid Cap Value ETFs 24 28.04B 30.16% A
Strong Buy
24 Global Equities ETFs 61 25.04B 19.18% A
Strong Buy
25 Mid Cap Growth ETFs 21 23.10B 23.94% A
Strong Buy
26 MLP ETFs 21 19.39B 34.91% A
Strong Buy
27 Small Cap Growth ETFs 15 18.50B 32.55% A
Strong Buy
28 Emerging Markets Bonds ETFs 22 16.68B 7.35% A
Strong Buy
29 Leveraged Equities ETFs 71 15.57B 79.02% A
Strong Buy
30 Foreign Large Cap Value ETFs 29 13.87B 16.83% A
Strong Buy
31 Long-Term Bond ETFs 7 12.26B -1.18% A
Strong Buy
32 Utility ETFs 14 11.93B 10.17% A
Strong Buy
33 Foreign Small/Mid Cap Blend Equities ETFs 7 10.46B 16.58% A
Strong Buy
34 Global Real Estate ETFs 12 10.37B 4.82% A
Strong Buy
35 All Cap Equities ETFs 22 9.99B 25.50% A
Strong Buy
36 Latin America ETFs 20 8.17B 62.77% A
Strong Buy
37 China Equities ETFs 32 7.33B 26.36% A
Strong Buy
38 Diversified Portfolio ETFs 48 5.71B 11.63% A
Strong Buy
39 Canada Equities ETFs 5 3.54B 30.30% A
Strong Buy
40 Foreign Large Cap Growth ETFs 7 3.25B 9.61% A
Strong Buy
41 Foreign Small/Mid Cap Value Equities ETFs 11 2.98B 21.04% A
Strong Buy
42 Water Equities ETFs 7 1.76B 22.40% A
Strong Buy
43 Leveraged Global ETFs 18 749.77M 138.73% A
Strong Buy
44 IPO ETFs 4 627.74M 25.33% A
Strong Buy
45 Long Short ETFs 23 568.31M 8.85% A
Strong Buy
46 Non-Traditional Bond ETFs 14 261.03M 6.78% A
Strong Buy
47 Precious Metals ETFs 33 62.29B 12.68% B
Buy
48 Government Bonds ETFs 27 45.11B -2.93% B
Buy
49 Energy Equities ETFs 38 34.01B 31.98% B
Buy
50 Commodity ETFs 121 24.65B 32.00% B
Buy
51 Municipal Bonds ETFs 33 22.42B -2.50% B
Buy
52 Global Bond ETFs 19 10.23B 0.38% B
Buy
53 Inverse Bonds ETFs 21 3.87B 6.67% B
Buy
54 Currency ETFs 25 2.43B 0.78% B
Buy
55 Alternative ETFs 16 2.02B 0.79% B
Buy
56 Inverse Volatility ETFs 5 867.10M 225.07% B
Buy
57 Inverse Currency ETFs 5 722.04M 3.80% B
Buy
58 Leveraged Bonds ETFs 4 72.90M -10.82% C
Neutral
59 Leveraged Currency ETFs 3 17.45M -9.14% C
Neutral
60 Inverse Equities ETFs 53 8.45B -41.89% D
Sell
61 Leveraged Commodities ETFs 21 3.54B 29.05% D
Sell
62 Inverse Commodities ETFs 30 1.13B -65.37% D
Sell
63 Inverse Global ETFs 16 808.23M -43.17% D
Sell
64 Volatility ETFs 11 1.28B -78.59% F
Strong Sell
65 Leveraged Volatility ETFs 3 763.91M -97.80% F
Strong Sell

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