10 Best ETFs for 2016 & 2017

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Find top 10 ETFs for 2016 & 2017. Best exchange traded funds are Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF, WisdomTree SmallCap Dividend ETF, etc.

Top Funds

Investing in exchange traded funds is easy and popular due to its low cost. For 2016 & 2017, I still think we need to diversify our assets in stock and bond funds. Whether it is an up year or a down year, both stock and bond funds can provide a balance approach.

If you invest in brokerage or retirement account, please check the fund review below. You may find the expense fee, fund’s return, holdings, yield, etc. If you want to find best mutual fund, you can check my previous article as well.

The 10 best ETFs for 2016 & 2017 are:
    10 Best ETFs for 2016 & 2017
  1. Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI)
  2. iShares Core Total U.S. Bond Market ETF (AGG)
  3. WisdomTree SmallCap Dividend ETF (DES)
  4. PIMCO Total Return Active ETF (BOND)
  5. WisdomTree International LargeCap Dividend ETF (DOL)
  6. First Trust US IPO ETF (FPX)
  7. iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF (EMB)
  8. Vanguard REIT Index Fund (VNQ)
  9. WisdomTree Total Dividend ETF (DTD)
  10. PowerShares QQQ ETF (QQQ)

Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF

Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF objective is to track the performance of CRSP US Total Market Index. It has dividend yield of 1.84%.
This fund utilizes its assets to purchase stocks in U.S. stock market and includes large-, mid-, small-, and micro-cap stocks regularly traded on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq. The expense ratio is quite low, only 0.05%. The current shares price is 108.57. If you have $1,000 funding, you can buy about 9 shares.

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This best ETF for 2016 & 2017 has a 3-year annualized return of 16.67%. In 2015, the YTD return is 3.35%. The total net assets are $57 billion. This fund is ranked with 5 stars rating by Morningstar. It has returned 16.47% over the past 5 year, and 8.21% over the past decade.

The top 5 stocks in its portfolio are Apple Inc, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Microsoft Corp, Johnson & Johnson, and General Electric Co. Top 3 sectors are technology, healthcare, and financial services.

iShares Core Total U.S. Bond Market ETF

This iShares Core Total U.S. Bond Market ETF is tracking the Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index. This fund invests mainly in high quality bonds such as US Treasury bonds, corporate bonds, mortgage-backed pass-through securities, etc. This index fund has a low expense fee of 0.07%. The current yield is 2.32%. It has $25.68 billion of assets. The average credit quality is A.

In 2014, this ETF has an annualized return of 6.00%. It has returned 1.87% over the past 1 year, and 2.98% over the past 5 years. The past 4 year performance is as follows:
  • Year 2015: 0.52% (YTD)
  • Year 2014: 6.00%
  • Year 2013: -1.98%
  • Year 2012: 3.76%
  • Year 2011: 7.69%
Another alternative of this bond fund is Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF (BND).

WisdomTree SmallCap Dividend ETF

WisdomTree SmallCap Dividend ETF is ranked with 4 stars rating by Morningstar. The 12 month dividend yield is 2.92%. The current expense fee is 0.39%. With assets of $1.2 billion, this exchange traded fund invests mainly in small-capitalization segment of the U.S. dividend-paying market.

The 3 year annualized return is 15.18%. In 2015, the YTD return is -1.64%. Top 5 stocks in its portfolio are Vector Group Ltd, PBF Energy Inc Class A, Theravance Inc, UIL Holdings Corp, and WGL Holdings Inc.

PIMCO Total Return Active ETF

This PIMCO Total Return Active ETF is an actively managed exchange traded fund. It has a dividend yield of 5.05%. The annual expense ratio fee is 0.55%. The current share price is $106.79. This intermediate term bond fund has $2.48 billion of assets.

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Morningstar has ranked this best bond ETF with 5 stars rating. In 2015, it has YTD return of 1.11% (up to August 18, 2015). The average 3 year return is 3.49%. The average credit quality is not rated.

Another alternative is SPDR DoubleLine Total Return Tactical ETF (TOTL). This fund is managed by DoubleLine Capital LP. It is a new ETF.

WisdomTree International LargeCap Dividend ETF

This WisdomTree International LargeCap Dividend ETF is ranked with 3 stars rating by Morningstar. This ETF invests mainly in the large-capitalization segment of the dividend-paying market in the industrialized world outside the U.S. and Canada. It has assets of $406 million. The current yield is 3.50%. Its expense fee is 0.48% per year. This small growth fund has year-to-date return of 8.22% in 2015.

As of July 2015, the top 3 stocks in its holdings are Qorvo Inc, ISIS Pharmaceuticals Inc, and DexCom Inc. Top 4 sectors are technology, healthcare, consumer cyclical, and industrials.

Fund Returns

NoFund Name (Ticker)1 Year Return3 Year Return
1Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI)4.20%15.41%
2iShares Core Total U.S. Bond Market ETF (AGG)2.60%1.99%
3WisdomTree SmallCap Dividend ETF (DES)0.09%14.25%
4PIMCO Total Return Active ETF (BOND)3.41%3.64%
5WisdomTree International LargeCap Dividend ETF (DOL)-8.78%7.12%
6First Trust US IPO ETF (FPX)8.61%24.56%
7iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF (EMB)-2.18%1.35%
8Vanguard REIT Index Fund (VNQ)6.85%10.60%
9WisdomTree Total Dividend ETF (DTD)2.21%12.95%
10PowerShares QQQ ETF (QQQ)9.65%17.66%
More: Top 10 ETFs For 2016 & 2017: Part 2

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