Some top-rated ETF funds as of 2015 include Vanguard Total Bond market Index ETF, iShares Russell Midcap Index, iShares Core MSCI EAFE ETF, AdvisorShares Peritus High Yield ETF and iShares NASDAQ Biotechnology, according to Kiplinger. Some other top ETFs include Vanguard Total International Bond, Stock and Stock Market.
The top-rated ETF funds are divided into five categories, according to Kiplinger. These categories include whole-market funds for a diversified portfolio, ETFs to track segments of the U.S. stock market, ETFs to track foreign stocks, ETFs for income investors and sector-specific ETFs. The Vanguard ETFs fall under the whole-market funds for a diversified portfolio. The iShares Russell Midcap Index is the top-rated ETF in the ETFs to track segments of the U.S. stock market category, and it is followed by iShares S&P 100 Index, Schwab U.S. Large-Cap ETF and Vanguard Small Cap ETF.
The ETFs to track foreign stocks category are topped by iShares Core MSCI EAFE ETF and followed by iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF, iShares Dow Jones EPAC Select Dividend and iShares S&P Latin America 40 ldx, as Kiplinger notes. The best funds for income investors are AdvisorShares Peritus High Yield ETF, iShares S&P Preferred Stock, SPDR Lehman High Yield Bond and Vanguard REIT ETF. The last category also includes iShares NASDAQ Biotechnology, Select Sector SPDR Industrial, Select Sector SPDR Technology and Vanguard Energy Index ETF.