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 Emerging Markets Equities ETFs 102 177.52B 2.63% A
Strong Buy
2 Corporate Bond ETFs 86 176.27B 3.94% A
Strong Buy
3 Ultra-Short Term Bonds 30 106.28B 0.71% A
Strong Buy
4 High Yield Bond ETFs 55 80.26B -3.75% A
Strong Buy
5 Inflation-Protected Bond ETFs 16 53.39B 6.85% A
Strong Buy
6 Global Bond ETFs 26 45.03B 0.81% A
Strong Buy
7 Convertible Bond/Preferred Stock ETFs 19 42.83B 1.55% A
Strong Buy
8 Long-Term Bond ETFs 10 30.91B 2.80% A
Strong Buy
9 China Equities ETFs 38 20.65B 34.22% A
Strong Buy
10 Water Equities ETFs 6 2.76B 7.22% A
Strong Buy
11 Non-Traditional Bond ETFs 21 1.21B -0.12% A
Strong Buy
12 Large Cap Blend ETFs 206 1.11T 6.69% B
Buy
13 Large Cap Growth ETFs 45 385.16B 28.65% B
Buy
14 Large Cap Value ETFs 87 287.73B -9.62% B
Buy
15 Foreign Large Cap Blend ETFs 67 258.24B -7.28% B
Buy
16 Intermediate-Term Bond ETFs 46 219.43B 3.70% B
Buy
17 Precious Metals ETFs 34 158.54B 27.27% B
Buy
18 Technology Equities ETFs 94 154.63B 38.55% B
Buy
19 Government Bonds ETFs 37 150.24B 5.32% B
Buy
20 Mid Cap Blend ETFs 43 141.67B -0.16% B
Buy
21 Small Cap Blend ETFs 53 139.63B -4.94% B
Buy
22 European Equities ETFs 86 112.62B -8.91% B
Buy
23 Health & Biotech ETFs 38 74.25B 19.46% B
Buy
24 Municipal Bonds ETFs 61 52.94B 1.13% B
Buy
25 Asia Pacific Equities Ex-China ETFs 74 51.52B 1.76% A
Strong Buy
26 Global Equities ETFs 109 50.68B -1.76% B
Buy
27 Consumer-Focused ETFs 42 49.52B 12.77% B
Buy
28 Mid Cap Growth ETFs 21 38.01B 16.78% B
Buy
29 Industrials Equities ETFs 33 35.00B -4.96% B
Buy
30 Mid Cap Value ETFs 25 30.47B -13.13% B
Buy
31 Small Cap Growth ETFs 18 28.28B 10.61% B
Buy
32 Emerging Markets Bonds ETFs 28 27.72B -4.22% B
Buy
33 Utility ETFs 11 18.65B -3.33% B
Buy
34 All Cap Equities ETFs 102 17.69B 4.80% B
Buy
35 Foreign Small/Mid Cap Blend Equities ETFs 10 17.04B -4.42% B
Buy
36 Foreign Large Cap Growth ETFs 6 10.39B 3.97% B
Buy
37 Diversified Portfolio ETFs 72 8.52B -1.82% B
Buy
38 Foreign Small/Mid Cap Value Equities ETFs 11 4.60B -9.34% B
Buy
39 IPO ETFs 4 2.30B 34.63% B
Buy
40 Canada Equities ETFs 6 2.22B -8.20% B
Buy
41 Alternative ETFs 87 2.20B -1.29% B
Buy
42 Currency ETFs 16 1.87B 0.59% B
Buy
43 Long Short ETFs 24 1.04B 22.82% B
Buy
44 Real Estate ETFs 27 47.66B -20.19% C
Neutral
45 Financial Equities ETFs 37 33.67B -16.85% C
Neutral
46 Small Cap Value ETFs 19 33.50B -16.55% C
Neutral
47 Leveraged Equities ETFs 105 28.86B 36.19% C
Neutral
48 Commodity ETFs 113 21.34B -25.01% C
Neutral
49 Foreign Large Cap Value ETFs 27 17.57B -18.96% C
Neutral
50 Global Real Estate ETFs 11 9.07B -25.66% C
Neutral
51 Inverse Bonds ETFs 20 997.72M -28.78% C
Neutral
52 Leveraged Global ETFs 21 971.07M -21.13% C
Neutral
53 Leveraged Bonds ETFs 6 110.23M 19.35% C
Neutral
54 Inverse Currency ETFs 5 102.27M -7.74% C
Neutral
55 Leveraged Currency ETFs 13 20.36M -1.36% C
Neutral
56 Energy Equities ETFs 37 21.70B -5.12% D
Sell
57 Inverse Equities ETFs 48 11.85B -44.08% D
Sell
58 MLP ETFs 26 7.83B -43.41% D
Sell
59 Latin America ETFs 21 7.14B -37.26% D
Sell
60 Leveraged Commodities ETFs 19 3.13B -33.75% D
Sell
61 Volatility ETFs 12 1.83B 40.40% D
Sell
62 Leveraged Volatility ETFs 2 1.51B 12.87% D
Sell
63 Inverse Commodities ETFs 23 483.32M -39.11% D
Sell
64 Inverse Global ETFs 14 356.08M -30.66% D
Sell
65 Inverse Volatility ETFs 3 298.22M -42.14% F
Strong Sell

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