YTD Top Performing Exchange Trade Funds in 2014

Find the YTD top performing exchange traded funds in 2014 for investing. Best ETFs are Global X Gold Explorers ETF, SPDR S&P Biotech ETF, and Guggenheim Solar.

Best ETF Funds

Investing in 2014 is just starting. Looking at the top performing funds may provide inside where investors have placed their bet for big gain in 2014. Exchange traded funds are traded like stocks, they are very liquid to trade through your brokerage. You can also invest for free through certain brokerages for your investment account or retirement account (IRA).

Looking briefly from the top list, you will find some laggards in 2013 and some leader ETFs in 2013. Most of the top performing funds in 2014 are sector fund. The top sectors include gold sector or precious metals, health or biotech, emerging markets, solar or alternative energy. Find the fund review below including expense fee, fund returns, yield, etc.

The year-to-date top performing exchange traded funds in 2014 are:
    YTD Top Performing Exchange Trade Funds in 2014
  1. PureFunds ISE Junior Silver ETF
  2. Global X Gold Explorers ETF
  3. SPDR S&P Biotech ETF
  4. Guggenheim Solar
  5. Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF
  6. Market Vectors Vietnam ETF
  7. Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF
  8. PowerShares Dynamic Biotech & Genome
  9. First Trust NYSE Arca Biotech Index
  10. Global X Silver Miners ETF
  11. iShares MSCI Global Gold Miners
  12. Market Vectors Egypt Index ETF
Updated on 1/19/2014

PureFunds ISE Junior Silver ETF (SILJ)

PureFunds ISE Junior Silver ETF utilizes its assets to purchase stocks of small cap companies that are involve in silver exploration and mining. In 2014, it has a year to date return of 22.07%. This index ETF funds is tracking ISE Junior Silver (Small Cap Miners/Explorers) Index. The total assets are only $1.69 million. Its expense fee is 0.69%. This ETF has an average volume of 6k shares. The current shares price is $11.38.
The top 5 stocks in its holdings are Fortuna Silver Mines Inc, Endeavour Silver Corporation, Silvercorp Metals Inc, MAG Silver Corporation, and SilverCrest Mines Inc. The top sector is basic materials.

Global X Gold Explorers ETF (GLDX)

Ranked with 1 star by Morningstar, Global X Gold Explorers ETF has no yield. This top performing exchange trade funds in 2014 invests mainly in companies that are part of Solactive Global Gold Explorers Index. Its expense fee is only 0.65%. The 52 week price range is between $12.82 and $13.51.

The past 3 years performance is as follows:
  • Year 2013: -62.44%
  • Year 2012: -28.38%
  • Year 2011: -42.01%
The top 3 stocks in its portfolio are B2Gold Corp, Novagold Resources Inc, and Gryphon Minerals Limited. There is also zero yield for this best ETF.

SPDR S&P Biotech ETF (XBI)

SPDR S&P Biotech ETF is an index ETF fund. This best performing ETF in 2014 is tracking the S&P Biotechnology Select Industry Index. The current dividend yield is 0.17%. Popular among investors or traders, it has $1.2 billion of total assets. The annual expense ratio is only 0.35%.

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Morningstar has ranked this top performing ETF in 2014 with 2 stars rating. In 2014, its YTD return is 20.32%. This health sector ETF has returned 34.68% over the past 3 years, and 24.26% over the past 5 years. The top 3 equities are Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc, Neucrine Biosciences Inc, and Ariad Pharmaceuticals.

Guggenheim Solar ETF (TAN)

Guggenheim Solar fund has a share price of $41.77. This top performing exchange traded fund in 2014 uses its assets to purchase companies in the MAC Global Solar Energy Index. This index ETF has a 12-month yield of 1.28%. The total assets are $392 million. Its expense fee is 0.70%.

MoreAlerian MLP ETF (AMLP)

This alternative energy ETF has an average return of 129.26% for the past year. The top 4 stocks in its portfolio are Solarcity Corp, GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Ltd, Canadian Solar Inc, and Yingli Green Energy Holding ADR. The top 3 countries are China, United States, and Hong Kong.

Fund Returns

NoETF NameSymbolCategoryExpense Ratio (%)YTD Return %1-Year Return %
1PureFunds ISE Jnr Slvr(Sm Cp Mnr/Exp)ETFSILJEquity Precious Metals0.6922.07-45.69
2Global X Gold Explorers ETFGLDXEquity Precious Metals0.6521.45-54.43
3SPDR S&P Biotech ETFXBIHealth0.3520.3264.05
4Guggenheim SolarTANMiscellaneous Sector0.718.73129.26
5Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETFGDXJEquity Precious Metals0.5517.81-55.63
6Market Vectors Vietnam ETFVNMMiscellaneous Region0.7414.428.64
7Market Vectors Solar Energy ETFKWTMiscellaneous Sector0.6514.2999.32
8PowerShares Dynamic Biotech & GenomePBEHealth0.6313.1771.99
9First Trust NYSE Arca Biotech IndexFBTHealth0.610.1254.62
10Global X Silver Miners ETFSILEquity Precious Metals0.659.73-44.17
11iShares MSCI Global Gold MinersRINGEquity Precious Metals0.399.55-46.9
12Market Vectors Egypt Index ETFEGPTMiscellaneous Region0.948.9715.42
13iShares Nasdaq BiotechnologyIBBHealth0.488.9771.28
14Global X Junior Miners ETFJUNRNatural Resources0.698.85-42.63
15Global X Pure Gold Miners ETFGGGGEquity Precious Metals0.598.53-47.85
16iPath DJ-UBS Platinum TR Sub-Idx ETNPGMCommodities Precious Metals0.758.48-15.28
17Market Vectors Biotech ETFBBHHealth0.358.369.84
18PowerShares Lux NanotechPXNMiscellaneous Sector0.77.6128.16
19PowerShares Global Gold & Prec MetalsPSAUEquity Precious Metals0.767.5-44.79
20First Trust ISE Global Wind EnergyFANMiscellaneous Sector0.67.3164.27
21PowerShares Global Clean EnergyPBDMiscellaneous Sector0.827.1354.41
22PowerShares WilderHill Clean EnergyPBWMiscellaneous Sector0.76.7361.39
23iPath DJ-UBS Coffee TR Sub-Idx ETNJOCommodities Agriculture0.756.68-33.84
24First Trust NASDAQ Cln Edg Green En IdxQCLNMiscellaneous Sector0.66.5393.65
25SPDR S&P Pharmaceuticals ETFXPHHealth0.356.359.64
26UBS E-TRACS Long Platinum TR ETNPTMCommodities Precious Metals0.656.28-16.46
27Market Vectors Glb Alternatve Energy ETFGEXMiscellaneous Sector0.626.1373.59
28Market Vectors Gulf States Index ETFMESMiscellaneous Region0.986.1236.82
29PIMCO 25+ Yr Zero Cpn U.S. Trsy Idx ETFZROZLong Government0.156.11-13.9
30PowerShares DB Base Metals Long ETNBDGCommodities Industrial Metals0.755.89-21.3
31ETFS Physical Platinum SharesPPLTCommodities Precious Metals0.65.82-14.84
32Vanguard Extended Dur Trs Idx ETFEDVLong Government0.125.51-13.21


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