The Hardest Working ETFs in America

Published on by on September 1, 2014

Today is Labor Day in the U.S., a Federal holiday that celebrates the contributions of workers all around the country, typically by giving workers the day off. In that spirit, we wanted to outline some of the hardest working ETFs listed in the U.S. and those that have been able to rise above the fold. Below, we display some of the most successful ETFs across the industry:

ETFs with the Most Assets

These 10 funds have set themselves apart from the rest by gathering more assets than any other ETF:

SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) $171,800M
Core S&P 500 ETF (IVV) $61,150M
iShares MSCI EAFE ETF (EFA) $55,200M
Emerging Markets ETF (VWO) $50,350M
Total Stock Market ETF (VTI) $46,500M
QQQ ETF (QQQ) $45,650M
MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM) $44,150M
SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) $32,800M
Russell 1000 Growth ETF (IWF) $25,000M
REIT ETF (VNQ) $24,650M

ETFs with the Most Trading Volume

These 10 funds are the most actively traded ETFs in the U.S.:

ETF Average Volume
SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) 84,155,000
MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM) 42,275,000
Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) 37,390,000
S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (VXX) 33,155,000
Market Vectors TR Gold Miners (GDX) 29,900,000
QQQ ETF (QQQ) 29,640,000
Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF) 27,110,000
iShares MSCI Japan ETF (EWJ) 23,560,000
Daily Small Cap Bear 3X Shares (TZA) 18,555,000
iShares China Large-Cap ETF (FXI) 15,645,000

ETFs with the Lowest Fees

These ETFs have worked hard to charge the lowest expense ratios in the industry:

ETF Expense Ratio
U.S. Large-Cap ETF (SCHX) 0.04%
U.S. Broad Market ETF (SCHB) 0.04%
S&P 500 ETF (VOO) 0.05%
Total Stock Market ETF (VTI) 0.05%
U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF (SCHZ) 0.06%
US Dividend Equity ETF (SCHD) 0.07%
U.S. Large-Cap Growth ETF (SCHG) 0.07%
Core S&P 500 ETF (IVV) 0.07%
U.S. Large-Cap Value ETF (SCHV) 0.07%
Core S&P Total U.S. Stock Market ETF (ITOT) 0.07%

Note that there was a large tie at the 0.07% level. See a more complete list here.

ETFs with the Best YTD Performance

These 10 ETFs have managed the best performances in 2014:

ETF YTD Return
Double Short US 10 Year Treasury Futures ETNs (DSXJ) 100.9%
Daily India Bull 2x Shares (INDL) 80.7%
Dow Jones-UBS Coffee ETN (JO) 73.1%
Daily Real Estate Bull 3x Shares (DRN) 70.0%
Pure Beta Coffee ETN (CAFE) 67.7%
Daily Semiconductor Bull 3x Shares (SOXL) 65.3%
DB Agriculture Double Short ETN (AGA) 63.0%
DB Commodity Short ETN (DDP) 58.3%
Daily Gold Miners Bull 3x Shares (NUGT) 56.7%
Ultra Semiconductors (USD) 55.9%

Oldest ETFs

These 10 funds have been alive and kicking longer than any other ETFs on the market:

ETF Inception
SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) 1/22/1993
SPDR MidCap Trust Series I (MDY) 4/27/1995
MSCI Japan ETF (EWJ) 3/12/1996
MSCI Germany ETF (EWG) 3/12/1996
MSCI United Kingdom ETF (EWU) 3/12/1996
MSCI Canada ETF (EWC) 3/12/1996
MSCI Mexico Capped ETF (EWW) 3/12/1996
MSCI Hong Kong ETF (EWH) 3/12/1996
MSCI Spain Capped ETF (EWP) 3/12/1996
MSCI Australia ETF (EWA) 3/12/1996

Note that iShares launched a number of funds on 3/12/1996. See the full list here.

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Disclosure: No positions at time of writing.