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The ETFs on this page are all listed in the US, and we ranked them based solely on their returns. Given the volatility of the stock market, some of the ETFs listed here may have shifted since we last updated this page.
As of January 2022, the top performing US ETFs so far this year are:
|Symbol||ETF name||YTD returns||Annual dividend yield|
|MLPO||Credit Suisse S&P MLP Index ETN||29.55%||0.00%|
|CLRG||IQ Chaikin U.S. Large Cap ETF||26.61%||1.07%|
|FKU||First Trust United Kingdom AlphaDEX Fund||20.54%||2.39%|
|DWUS||AdvisorShares Dorsey Wright FSM US Core ETF||20.20%||0.17%|
|SMCP||AlphaMark Actively Managed Small Cap ETF||18.02%||0.44%|
|NRGU||MicroSectors U.S. Big Oil Index 3X Leveraged ETN||10.79%||0.00%|
|GUSH||Direxion Daily S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production Bull 2x Shares||8.66%||0.06%|
|BNKU||MicroSectors U.S. Big Banks Index 3x Leveraged ETN||8.00%||0.00%|
|WANT||Direxion Daily Consumer Discretionary Bull 3X Shares||7.57%||0.00%|
|XES||SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Equipment & Services ETF||7.27%||1.59%|
Source: ETF Database
As of January 2022, the top performing US ETFs over the last year are:
|Symbol||ETF name||1-year returns||Annual dividend yield|
|NRGU||MicroSectors U.S. Big Oil Index 3X Leveraged ETN||191.24%||0.00%|
|GUSH||Direxion Daily S&P Oil & Gas Exp. & Prod. Bull 2X Shares||151.85%||0.06%|
|NAIL||Direxion Daily Homebuilders & Supplies Bull 3X Shares||147.73%||0.00%|
|DRN||Direxion Daily Real Estate Bull 3x Shares||146.98%||0.71%|
|HIBL||Direxion Daily S&P 500 High Beta Bull 3X Shares||138.06%||0.05%|
|BNKU||MicroSectors U.S. Big Banks Index 3x Leveraged ETN||133.59%||0.00%|
|DIG||ProShares Ultra Oil & Gas||127.61%||2.04%|
|ERX||Direxion Daily Energy Bull 2X Shares||124.88%||1.66%|
|FAS||Direxion Daily Financial Bull 3X Shares||122.90%||0.35%|
|DPST||Direxion Daily Regional Banks Bull 3X Shares||119.10%||1.90%|
Source: ETF Database
As of January 2022, the top performing US ETFs over the last 5 years are:
|Symbol||ETF name||5-year returns||Annual dividend yield|
|TECL||Direxion Daily Technology Bull 3X Shares||1699.36%||0.25%|
|TQQQ||ProShares UltraPro QQQ||1517.01%||0.00%|
|ROM||ProShares Ultra Technology||969.22%||0.00%|
|USD||ProShares Ultra Semiconductors||896.42%||0.05%|
|QLD||ProShares Ultra QQQ||746.08%||0.00%|
|FBGX||UBS AG FI Enhanced Large Cap Growth ETN||534.08%||0.00%|
|UPRO||ProShares UltraPro S&P500||477.38%||0.04%|
|SPXL||Direxion Daily S&P 500 Bull 3X Shares||455.61%||0.12%|
|ARKW||ARK Next Generation Internet ETF||446.04%||1.23%|
|CURE||Direxion Daily Healthcare Bull 3x Shares||418.73%||0.01%|
Source: ETF Database
With thousands of ETFs to choose from, finding the best ones that fit your portfolio and investing strategy can help protect you from loss. Some points to consider when deciding which ETFs are best for you.
There’s a direct correlation between high fees and an ETF’s overall performance. When fees are higher, returns tend to be lower and vice versa. There are two main costs involved when investing in listed funds: brokerage and management fees.
To find a platform that offers the lowest fees, you’ll first need to decide how much you want to invest in the fund and how many lump sums you’ll be investing over a year. If it’s just one lump sum, a platform that doesn’t charge an inactivity fee will be key. If you plan on frequently adding small amounts, the brokerage fee itself will be more important.
Brokerage fees range from around $0 to $5 per transaction and ETF management fees range from about 0.05% to 2.5%.
Once you’ve considered the risks of investing in ETFs and worked out your financial goals, you can buy and sell units in an ETF like any stock on the stock market through a fund manager or an online trading platform.
To invest in ETFs through an online trading platform, you’ll need to do the following:
Business cycles, demographic trends and bull or bear markets can often last for years, so ETFs with strong momentum sometimes continue to perform strongly — and vice versa.
Comparing recent performance of ETFs can help inform your investment planning and provide you with ideas for where to invest your money. From there, continue to research your investment choices and be as thorough with the trading platforms and services you consider.
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