These are the best-performing ETFs over the last 3 months, 6 months, one year, three years, five years, and 10 years.
All ETFs on the list meet the following basic requirements:
- At least 100K in daily average volume.
- Traded on U.S. exchanges.
These criteria are used to avoid ETFs with very low volume. Also, while leveraged ETFs may provide big returns in the short-term, many do not fair well over the long-term, and witness significant drawdowns as well.
All data is sourced from StockRover as of September 14, 2023. Returns include dividends and assume reinvestment. These lists are updated near the start of each month.
If more than one ETF tracking the same investment/industry is on the list, only the top-performing one is included in the numbered list. The tickers of the other ETFs tracking a similar thing, and which have returns higher than the next ETF on the numbered list, are included in the Additional ETFs & Return column.
Best Performing ETFs Over the Last 3 Months
These are the top-performing ETFs over the last three months, as of September 14, 2023.
|3-Month Performance||Average Volume (3 Months)||Dividend Yield||Additional ETFs & Return|
|1||MSOS||AdvisorShares Pure US Cannabis ETF||63.9%||4.7 million||0%||MJ: 44.8%|
|2||XES||SPDR S&P 500 Oil & Gas Equipment & Service ETF||34.2%||0.11 million||0.4%|
|3||TUR||iShares MSCI Turkey ETF||32.4%||0.16 million||3.3%|
|4||USO||United States Oil Fund||31.2%||2.7 million||0%||DBO: 30.5%|
|5||URNM||Sprott Uranium Miners ETF||29.1%||0.35 million||0%|
Best Performing ETFs Over the Last 6 Months
These are the top-performing ETFs over the last six months, as of September 14, 2023.
|6-Month Performance||Average Volume (3 Months)||Dividend Yield||Additional ETFs & Return|
|1||SVXY||ProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures ETF||55.3%||1.5 million||0%|
|2||URNM||Sprott Uranium Miners ETF||44.6%||0.35 million||0%|
|3||FNGS||MicroSectors FANG+ ETN||41.5%||1.5 million||0%|
|4||MSOS||AdvisorShares Pure US Cannabis ETF||39.7%||4.7 million||0%|
|5||DXJ||WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund||34.1%||0.68 million||2.9%|
You may also want to check out the Best Performing Stocks list
Best Performing ETFs Over the Last 1 Year
These are the top-performing ETFs over the last year, as of September 14, 2023
|1-Year Performance||Average Volume (3 Months)||Dividend Yield||Additional ETFs & Return|
|1||SVXY||ProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures ETF||79.8%||1.5 million||0%|
|2||TUR||iShares MSCI Turkey ETF||68.8%||0.16 million||3.3%|
|3||XES||SPDR S&P Oil & Gass Equipment & Services ETF||56.7%||0.1 million||0.4%|
|4||ITB||iShares US Home Construction ETF||55.4%||2.8 million||0.5%|
|5||FNGS||MicroSectors FANG+ ETN||54.4%||0.21million||0%|
Best Performing ETFs Over the Last 3 Years
These are the top-performing ETFs over the last three years, as of September 14, 2023
|3-Year Performance||Average Volume (3 Months)||Dividend Yield||Additional ETFs & Return|
|1||FCG||First Trust Natural Gas ETF||364.3%||0.29 million||3.3%|
|2||IEO||iShares US Oil & Gas Exploration and Production ETF||298.2%||0.12 million||3.6%||XOP: 267.4%|
|3||FXN||First Trust Energy AlphaDEX Fund||241.4%||1.6 million||3.1%||VDE: 239.6%|
|4||OIH||VanEck Oil Services ETF||232.9%||0.53 million||0.8%||XES: 231.6%|
|5||BNO||United States Brent Oil Fund, LP||214.6%||0.46 million||0%|
Trades that last a few weeks to a few months more your style? My Complete Method Stock Swing Trading Course shows you how to find explosive stocks that often rally 20% or more within a few weeks of entry.
Best Performing ETFs Over the Last 5 Years
These are the top-performing ETFs over the last five years, as of September 14, 2023
|5-Year Performance||Average Volume (3 Months)||Dividend Yield||Additional ETFs & Return|
|1||SMH||VanEck Semiconductor ETF||203.7%||6.9 million||0.8%||SOXX: 182.8%|
|2||TAN||Invesco Solar ETF||174.2%||0.73 million||0%|
|3||XLK||Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund||142.6%||6.3 million||0.8%|
|4||QCLN||First Trust Nasdaq Clean Edge Green Energy Index ETF||138.2%||0.18 million||0.8%|
|5||URA||Global X Uranium ETF||133.3%||1.4 million||0.2%|
Best Performing ETFs Over the Last 10 Years
These are the top-performing ETFs over the last 10 years, as of September 14, 2023
|10-Year Performance||Average Volume (3 Months)||Dividend Yield||Additional ETFs & Return|
|1||SMH||VanEck Semiconductors ETF||774.5%||6.9 million||0.8%||SOXX: 744.2%|
|2||XLK||Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund||515.6%||6.3 million||0.8%||VGT: 507%|
|3||IXN||iShares Global Tech ETF||437%||0.17 million||0.6%||QQQ: 429.4%|
|4||IWY||iShares Russell Top 200 Growth ETF||352.2%||0.27 million||0.6%|
|5||MGK||Vanguard Mega Cap Growth Index Fund ETF||310.4%||0.27 million||0.5%||SCHG: 309.4%|
The Passive Stock Investing Using ETFs eBook shows how to invest using a buy-and-hold strategy to compound money in the background—in good market conditions and bad—with little effort.
No searching for or researching individual stocks. Build that nest egg with a strategy that takes very little work and has been working for more than 100 years.
How to Scan for the Best Performing ETFs
Scanning for the best-performing ETFs is straightforward and doesn’t require buying any special software.
Using a free site like Finviz, click the Screener button. Under the Descriptive tab, go to Industry and select Exchange Traded Fund. Also under the Descriptive tab, select Average Volume over 100K.
Then, click the Performance tab just above the list of ETFs. This will show how all the ETFs on the list have performed on various time frames. Sort the list by one year (Perf Year) to see the top-performing ETFs over the last year.
This is just an example of how to scan for ETFs using a stock screener. Many other scanners work in a similar way.
Interested in day trading stocks? Learn how and when to capitalize on price patterns that occur multiple times per day in stocks. Learn precise patterns to watch for that present a favorable risk/reward opportunity in the Price Action Stock Day Trading Course.
By Cory Mitchell, CMT
Disclaimer: Nothing in this article is personal investment advice, or advice to buy or sell anything. Trading is risky and can result in substantial losses, even more than deposited if using leverage. Data is sourced from third parties and is intended for information purposes only. There may be errors in data, so check with other sources before relying on such data.