The Most Successful ETFs of All Time

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    With the creation of the first ETF in 1993, these new investment funds have become incredibly popular. These passively managed index funds are popular among small investors who want to invest without the hassle of purchasing a variety of individual stocks.

    There are ETFs that track the major U.S. indices, as well as international and commodity-based ETFs. Inverse ETFs allow investors to hedge their losses when a given index is falling, as these ETFs perform in the opposite direction of the indices they track. They differ most from mutual funds in that they can be purchased and sold multiple times in a single day.

    So what makes an ETF successful? One that benefits both investors and money managers.

    Investors want high returns, and companies that manage ETFs want to maximize the amount of money placed in their funds. High-yielding funds are likely to attract more investors, which results in more earnings for the managing company — as their fees are based on a percent of assets managed.

    The team at Credio was interested in finding the most successful ETFs of all time. Starting with the 100 largest ETFs by net assets, the team looked at those with the highest 10-year returns. These 19 largest ETFs boast the best track records over that period.

    Noted returns are as of Aug. 31, 2015.

    #19. XLK – Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF

    Current value of $10,000 invested in 2005: $21,931
    Ten-Year Annualized Return: 8.17%
    Net Assets: $11.4 Billion
    Investment Style: Technology

    #18. VB – Vanguard Small-Cap ETF

    Current value of $10,000 invested in 2005: $21,099
    Ten-Year Annualized Return: 7.75%
    Net Assets: $51.5 Billion
    Investment Style: Small Blend

    #17. MDY – SPDR S&P MidCap 400 ETF

    Current value of $10,000 invested in 2005: $21,457
    Ten-Year Annualized Return: 7.93%
    Net Assets: $14.2 Billion
    Investment Style: Mid-Cap Blend

    #16. VXF – Vanguard Extended Market ETF

    Current value of $10,000 invested in 2005: $21,084
    Ten-Year Annualized Return: 7.74%
    Net Assets: $41.4 Billion
    Investment Style: Mid-Cap Blend

    #15. VO – Vanguard Mid-Cap ETF

    Current value of $10,000 invested in 2005: $21,289
    Ten-Year Annualized Return: 7.85%
    Net Assets: $62.3 Billion
    Investment Style: Mid-Cap Blend

    #14. VUG – Vanguard Growth ETF

    Current value of $10,000 invested in 2005: $21,760
    Ten-Year Annualized Return: 8.09%
    Net Assets: $45.9 Billion
    Investment Style: Large Growth

    #13. IWP – iShares Russell Mid-Cap Growth

    Current value of $10,000 invested in 2005: $21,347
    Ten-Year Annualized Return: 7.88%
    Net Assets: $5.77 Billion
    Investment Style: Mid-Cap Growth

    #12. IWO – iShares Russell 2000 Growth

    Current value of $10,000 invested in 2005: $20,988
    Ten-Year Annualized Return: 7.70%
    Net Assets: $6.37 Billion
    Investment Style: Small Growth

    #11. IJH – iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap

    Current value of $10,000 invested in 2005: $21,845
    Ten-Year Annualized Return: 8.13%
    Net Assets: $24.8 Billion
    Investment Style: Mid-Cap Blend

    #10. VGT – Vanguard Information Technology ETF

    Current value of $10,000 invested in 2005: $22,999
    Ten-Year Annualized Return: 8.69%
    Net Assets: $7.51 Billion
    Investment Style: Technology

    #9. VBK – Vanguard Small-Cap Growth ETF

    Current value of $10,000 invested in 2005: $22,016
    Ten-Year Annualized Return: 8.21%
    Net Assets: $15 Billion
    Investment Style: Small Growth

    #8. IJK – iShares S&P Mid-Cap 400 Growth

    Current value of $10,000 invested in 2005: $23,472
    Ten-Year Annualized Return: 8.91%
    Net Assets: $5.3 Billion
    Investment Style: Mid-Cap Growth

    #7. GLD – SPDR Gold Shares

    Current value of $10,000 invested in 2005: $22,622
    Ten-Year Annualized Return: 8.51%
    Net Assets: $24.6 Billion
    Investment Style: Commodities Precious Metals

    #6. XLY – Consumer Discret Sel Sect SPDR ETF

    Current value of $10,000 invested in 2005: $26,417
    Ten-Year Annualized Return: 10.20%
    Net Assets: $9.94 Billion
    Investment Style: Consumer Cyclical

    #5. XLP – Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR ETF

    Current value of $10,000 invested in 2005: $26,256
    Ten-Year Annualized Return: 10.13%
    Net Assets: $7.36 Billion
    Investment Style: Consumer Defensive

    #4. XLV – Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF

    Current value of $10,000 invested in 2005: $25,183
    Ten-Year Annualized Return: 9.68%
    Net Assets: $12.9 Billion
    Investment Style: Health

    #3. VHT – Vanguard Health Care ETF

    Current value of $10,000 invested in 2005: $26,759
    Ten-Year Annualized Return: 10.34%
    Net Assets: $6.09 Billion
    Investment Style: Health

    #2. QQQ – PowerShares QQQ ETF

    Current value of $10,000 invested in 2005: $27,955
    Ten-Year Annualized Return: 10.83%
    Net Assets: $36.9 Billion
    Investment Style: Large Growth

    #1. IBB – iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology

    Current value of $10,000 invested in 2005: $39,982
    Ten-Year Annualized Return: 14.86%
    Net Assets: $7.74 Billion
    Investment Style: Health

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