With 2009 winding to a close, we get ready to close the books on another very successful year for the ETF industry. The addition of more than a hundred new funds and almost $100 billion in cash inflows are sure signs that ETFs are the wave of the future, and that 2010 will surely have some interesting developments in store.
Today we take a look at some of the highlights of the year that was, including several looks at the best and worst performing ETFs of the year:
- Best Performing ETFs of 2009: After a dismal 2008, many investors saw their portfolios begin to grow again this year. But not all ETFs are created equal, and some turned in much better performances than others. This feature takes a look at the top performers in more than 50 ETFdb Categories, and reveals some surprising names among the year’s big winners.
- Top Ten Equity ETFs of 2009: This list gathers the best of the best, focusing on ten exchange-traded products that delivered gains of at least 80% so far this year. When 2009 comes to a close, it may go down as the year of the emerging markets, as funds focusing on the world’s less-developed economies racked up the biggest gains.
- Ten Worst Performing ETFs of 2009: At the other end of the spectrum is a handful of ETFs that endured truly woeful years. Investors who made big bets on volatility through VXX or on natural gas through UNG may want to skip over this one, as these two funds were among the year’s biggest losers.
- Top Ten Bond ETFs of 2009: Bond investing may not have the luster and appeal of stock-picking, but any experienced investor understands the importance of this asset class in a well-developed portfolio. Fixed income investments generally trailed behind equities in 2009, but several funds turned in very good years.
Happy Holidays from all of us at ETF Database!