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 150 537.55B 17.20% A
Strong Buy
2 Foreign Large Cap Blend ETFs 61 190.88B 1.31% A
Strong Buy
3 Large Cap Value ETFs 82 177.82B 12.04% A
Strong Buy
4 Intermediate-Term Bond ETFs 41 123.60B -3.45% A
Strong Buy
5 Small Cap Blend ETFs 41 110.54B 27.20% A
Strong Buy
6 Large Cap Growth ETFs 41 108.08B 23.79% A
Strong Buy
7 Mid Cap Blend ETFs 31 100.48B 18.26% A
Strong Buy
8 Government Bonds ETFs 28 69.21B -2.53% A
Strong Buy
9 Ultra-Short Term Bonds 24 65.54B -0.88% A
Strong Buy
10 High Yield Bond ETFs 49 57.69B -1.13% A
Strong Buy
11 Corporate Bond ETFs 72 56.43B -3.34% A
Strong Buy
12 Inflation-Protected Bond ETFs 14 36.78B -1.80% A
Strong Buy
13 Technology Equities ETFs 68 35.59B 31.97% A
Strong Buy
14 Convertible Bond/Preferred Stock ETFs 19 34.17B -1.86% A
Strong Buy
15 Municipal Bonds ETFs 41 26.13B -1.88% A
Strong Buy
16 Mid Cap Value ETFs 23 24.66B 13.49% A
Strong Buy
17 Mid Cap Growth ETFs 20 23.35B 21.54% A
Strong Buy
18 Financial Equities ETFs 36 23.13B 17.56% A
Strong Buy
19 Small Cap Value ETFs 18 22.58B 22.00% A
Strong Buy
20 Small Cap Growth ETFs 17 21.78B 31.42% A
Strong Buy
21 Real Estate ETFs 25 20.91B 3.96% A
Strong Buy
22 MLP ETFs 21 20.36B 3.54% A
Strong Buy
23 Long-Term Bond ETFs 8 15.77B -3.21% A
Strong Buy
24 Health & Biotech ETFs 34 15.71B 23.44% A
Strong Buy
25 All Cap Equities ETFs 54 15.16B 17.07% A
Strong Buy
26 Global Equities ETFs 75 14.86B 3.50% A
Strong Buy
27 Industrials Equities ETFs 33 13.44B 19.57% A
Strong Buy
28 Global Real Estate ETFs 11 7.33B 1.28% A
Strong Buy
29 Consumer-Focused ETFs 41 6.06B 15.70% A
Strong Buy
30 Diversified Portfolio ETFs 73 5.29B 2.25% A
Strong Buy
31 Foreign Large Cap Growth ETFs 6 4.91B 4.32% A
Strong Buy
32 Inverse Bonds ETFs 20 2.98B 3.71% A
Strong Buy
33 Water Equities ETFs 6 2.12B 12.93% A
Strong Buy
34 Utility ETFs 11 1.58B 2.03% A
Strong Buy
35 Non-Traditional Bond ETFs 15 889.47M -0.77% A
Strong Buy
36 Long Short ETFs 21 536.57M 12.21% A
Strong Buy
37 Inverse Currency ETFs 5 222.26M 8.81% A
Strong Buy
38 Emerging Markets Equities ETFs 90 100.72B -1.90% B
Buy
39 Asia Pacific Equities Ex-China ETFs 79 51.64B 3.11% B
Buy
40 European Equities ETFs 90 41.44B -0.98% B
Buy
41 Emerging Markets Bonds ETFs 24 23.74B -8.78% B
Buy
42 Foreign Large Cap Value ETFs 28 19.99B -1.51% B
Buy
43 Leveraged Equities ETFs 80 19.91B 44.03% B
Buy
44 Commodity ETFs 109 19.16B 10.60% B
Buy
45 Foreign Small/Mid Cap Blend Equities ETFs 9 12.69B 2.75% B
Buy
46 Energy Equities ETFs 38 7.62B 17.96% B
Buy
47 Foreign Small/Mid Cap Value Equities ETFs 10 5.31B -0.37% B
Buy
48 Canada Equities ETFs 6 3.03B 6.34% A
Strong Buy
49 Global Bond ETFs 19 2.86B -3.29% B
Buy
50 Alternative ETFs 26 2.34B 2.45% B
Buy
51 IPO ETFs 4 1.21B 22.58% A
Strong Buy
52 Currency ETFs 17 1.12B -3.33% B
Buy
53 Inverse Global ETFs 14 619.86M -4.28% B
Buy
54 Precious Metals ETFs 35 59.11B -11.13% C
Neutral
55 China Equities ETFs 39 10.50B -2.06% C
Neutral
56 Latin America ETFs 19 9.27B -11.40% C
Neutral
57 Inverse Equities ETFs 48 4.93B -29.92% D
Sell
58 Leveraged Commodities ETFs 23 2.49B -16.29% D
Sell
59 Inverse Commodities ETFs 29 1.10B -23.60% D
Sell
60 Leveraged Global ETFs 21 1.03B -20.99% D
Sell
61 Inverse Volatility ETFs 4 466.48M -79.46% D
Sell
62 Leveraged Volatility ETFs 2 N/A 0.00% NR
Not Rated
63 Leveraged Currency ETFs 13 N/A 0.00% NR
Not Rated
64 Leveraged Bonds ETFs 6 N/A 0.00% NR
Not Rated
65 Volatility ETFs 11 N/A 0.00% NR
Not Rated

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