Top 4 ETF’s by assets

Top 4 ETF's by assets (401(k) 2013 on flickr)

Here we look at the top ETF’s by assets as Blackstone claims to be seeing a shift toward exchange traded funds.

1.    SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust.
The most successful and oldest fund on the list, S&P 500 ETF Trust has $121 billion in assets managed. Investors obviously believe in it, investing nearly a tenth of al ETF assets. This fund is true example of success bringing lower expenses with the annual expense ratio of 0.095%.
2.    SPDR Gold Shares
This fund allows those chasing the gold bars easy, safe and liquid access to invest. This ETF is a tenth of the price of an ounce of gold. SPDR Gold Shares has $72 billion in assets and is backed by futures after returning 86% in the past 5 years. The annual expense ratio of 4% means investors are seeing the value on gold.
3.    Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (VWO)
A controversial entry in that this ETF is in a fund war with our next on the list. The fight resulted in Vanguard dropping an emerging market MSCI index for a cheaper FTSE tracker. However, with $62 billion in assets under management Vanguard’s fund makes close to 5% of ETF assets on its own.
4.    iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index Fund (EEM)
Due to the 0.67% annual expense and tracking of MSCI emerging market index, iShares’ ETF has $46 billion in assets managed. This fund is good for those looking to get in and out quickly in risk on/off trading.

So there you have it. Are any of these favoured investment funds or something you’d keep away from?
For the top 3 ETF’s to watch this week, see ETF Databases list here.

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  • Jessica King

    Have you heard the buzz around MinVol indices (minimum volatility)? A select group of exchanges are offering indices which are filtered for companies whose stocks have proven volatile or unstable over the past 12 months or so.
    There’s a fee attached but contrary to investment orthodoxy, lower risk can yield higher returns.

  • Lorna

    Hi Jessica, thank you for your comment. I hadn’t heard much on MinVol, no! Thanks for bringing it up, something I’ll have to look more closely at I think… Assuming the indices are offered, other ETF’s might be making their way on to the lists.


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