Tool | May 2018

The Kiplinger ETF 20 -- Our Best Exchange-Traded Fund Picks for Every Investor

These days, investors can choose from about 2,000 exchange-traded funds (ETFs). You don't need most of them. We've picked 20 ETFs to help you reach your investing goals — from funds that give you a broad exposure to the stock market to narrower slices that can help you fill specific gaps in your portfolio.

In the tables below, see the funds in the Kiplinger ETF 20 and their one-year, and annualized three-, five-, 10-year returns, along with their expense ratios. Click the ticker symbol to see each fund's daily market snapshot

Best ETFs for Your Investment Portfolios, Built from the ETF 20

Data through August 30, 2018

Core Stock Funds

FUND NAME SYMBOL 1-YR
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EXPENSE RATIO
iShares Core S&P 500IVV19.62%16.06%14.47%10.81%0.04%
iShares Core S&P Mid-CapIJH19.9414.7713.2111.240.07
Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US Small-Cap ETFVSS4.209.917.220.13
Vanguard Russell 2000 ValueVTWV19.9615.6311.590.20
Vanguard Total International StockVXUS3.128.395.873.680.11
Vanguard Total Stock MarketVTI20.3215.8514.2310.980.04
Data through August 30, 2018

Dividend Stock Funds

FUND NAME SYMBOL 1-YR
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EXPENSE RATIO
Schwab U.S. Dividend EquitySCHD18.21%16.34%12.99%—%0.07%
Vanguard Dividend Appreciation Indes ETFVIG19.8515.5512.5410.200.08
WisdomTree Japan High-Yielding EquityDNL5.6610.556.644.570.58
Data through August 30, 2018

Strategic Stock Funds

FUND NAME SYMBOL 1-YR
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EXPENSE RATIO
Fidelity MSCI Industrials IndexFIDU15.40%16.49%—%—%0.08%
iShares Edge MSCI USA Momentum FactorMTUM28.1420.7119.090.15
Powershares Dynamic Large Cap Value ETFPWV6.5211.6710.4410.060.56
Powershares S&P 500 Equal Weight Health Care RYH14.9910.3516.2514.470.40
Financial Select Sector SPDRXLF16.7416.2714.437.030.14
Data through August 30, 2018

Core Bond Funds

FUND NAME SYMBOL 1-YR
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10-YR
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EXPENSE RATIO
Pimco Total Return ActiveBOND-0.48%2.38%3.21%—%0.76%
SPDR DoubleLine Total Return Tactical ETFTOTL-0.651.880.55
Data through August 30, 2018

Opportunistic Bond Funds

FUND NAME SYMBOL 1-YR
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10-YR
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EXPENSE RATIO
PowerShares Senior Loan PortfolioBKLN3.69%3.58%2.68%—%0.63%
PIMCO Enhanced Low Duration Active Exchange-Traded FundLDUR1.312.031.02
Market Vectors Fallen Angel High Yield Bond ANGL2.399.167.990.35
Vanguard Total International Bond Index Fund ETF SharesBNDX1.963.153.850.11