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 109 604.48B 15.40% A
Strong Buy
2 Large Cap Value ETFs 75 211.63B 12.35% A
Strong Buy
3 Foreign Large Cap Blend ETFs 50 178.70B 13.86% A
Strong Buy
4 Large Cap Growth ETFs 34 157.70B 21.90% A
Strong Buy
5 Emerging Markets Equities ETFs 77 138.13B 23.58% A
Strong Buy
6 European Equities ETFs 90 125.13B 15.27% A
Strong Buy
7 Intermediate-Term Bond ETFs 30 124.80B -0.84% A
Strong Buy
8 Mid Cap Blend ETFs 26 106.57B 16.21% A
Strong Buy
9 Small Cap Blend ETFs 31 97.73B 19.66% A
Strong Buy
10 Corporate Bond ETFs 54 92.72B 0.51% A
Strong Buy
11 Asia Pacific Equities Ex-China ETFs 75 61.65B 19.28% A
Strong Buy
12 High Yield Bond ETFs 36 59.85B 4.11% A
Strong Buy
13 Technology Equities ETFs 54 59.14B 32.12% A
Strong Buy
14 Government Bonds ETFs 27 50.44B -1.64% A
Strong Buy
15 Health & Biotech ETFs 36 45.82B 8.86% A
Strong Buy
16 Ultra-Short Term Bonds 20 42.14B -0.01% A
Strong Buy
17 Inflation-Protected Bond ETFs 13 35.58B 0.15% A
Strong Buy
18 Consumer-Focused ETFs 45 34.18B 10.74% A
Strong Buy
19 Convertible Bond/Preferred Stock ETFs 15 33.29B 1.22% A
Strong Buy
20 Industrials Equities ETFs 34 31.62B 19.37% A
Strong Buy
21 Mid Cap Value ETFs 24 30.04B 14.37% A
Strong Buy
22 Global Equities ETFs 62 28.87B 14.16% A
Strong Buy
23 Mid Cap Growth ETFs 21 25.68B 15.74% A
Strong Buy
24 Municipal Bonds ETFs 34 24.03B -1.42% A
Strong Buy
25 Emerging Markets Bonds ETFs 22 22.37B 4.62% A
Strong Buy
26 Small Cap Growth ETFs 15 20.50B 20.13% A
Strong Buy
27 Foreign Large Cap Value ETFs 28 17.87B 14.21% A
Strong Buy
28 Long-Term Bond ETFs 7 14.33B -1.15% A
Strong Buy
29 Foreign Small/Mid Cap Blend Equities ETFs 7 13.12B 13.12% A
Strong Buy
30 Utility ETFs 14 12.32B 10.93% A
Strong Buy
31 Global Real Estate ETFs 11 11.99B -1.18% A
Strong Buy
32 Global Bond ETFs 19 11.30B 0.03% A
Strong Buy
33 All Cap Equities ETFs 28 10.64B 15.50% A
Strong Buy
34 China Equities ETFs 32 8.14B 27.18% A
Strong Buy
35 Diversified Portfolio ETFs 48 5.85B 6.19% A
Strong Buy
36 Foreign Small/Mid Cap Value Equities ETFs 10 3.97B 15.52% A
Strong Buy
37 Foreign Large Cap Growth ETFs 7 3.75B 12.29% A
Strong Buy
38 Alternative ETFs 20 1.96B 0.52% A
Strong Buy
39 Water Equities ETFs 7 1.93B 14.51% A
Strong Buy
40 Inverse Volatility ETFs 6 1.84B 148.48% A
Strong Buy
41 Long Short ETFs 22 589.38M 7.14% A
Strong Buy
42 Non-Traditional Bond ETFs 14 397.58M 3.05% A
Strong Buy
43 Precious Metals ETFs 33 68.50B 1.27% B
Buy
44 Real Estate ETFs 20 53.55B 0.86% B
Buy
45 Financial Equities ETFs 39 44.65B 22.57% B
Buy
46 Small Cap Value ETFs 16 29.54B 18.12% B
Buy
47 Commodity ETFs 127 24.01B 2.02% B
Buy
48 MLP ETFs 21 20.67B 0.52% B
Buy
49 Leveraged Equities ETFs 75 17.72B 51.59% B
Buy
50 Latin America ETFs 21 9.28B 28.67% B
Buy
51 Canada Equities ETFs 5 2.99B 6.88% B
Buy
52 Currency ETFs 24 2.13B -0.71% B
Buy
53 Leveraged Global ETFs 18 946.21M 60.93% B
Buy
54 IPO ETFs 4 771.80M 16.13% A
Strong Buy
55 Leveraged Currency ETFs 3 21.51M -4.36% B
Buy
56 Energy Equities ETFs 38 30.39B -1.89% C
Neutral
57 Inverse Bonds ETFs 21 3.73B -0.09% C
Neutral
58 Inverse Currency ETFs 5 511.70M -0.51% C
Neutral
59 Leveraged Bonds ETFs 4 95.33M -5.86% C
Neutral
60 Inverse Equities ETFs 51 8.37B -33.09% D
Sell
61 Leveraged Commodities ETFs 22 4.08B -34.44% D
Sell
62 Inverse Commodities ETFs 31 1.01B -45.51% D
Sell
63 Inverse Global ETFs 16 646.88M -38.74% D
Sell
64 Volatility ETFs 12 1.25B -73.58% F
Strong Sell
65 Leveraged Volatility ETFs 3 567.03M -96.08% F
Strong Sell

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