Now that the five-year bull market is showing signs of distress, investors might be curious about some exchange traded funds (ETFs) that are on a winning streak. Richard Widows for reports that none of the 19 ETFs with a strong track history will be able to boast a 10-year winning streak at the end of the year. The same is true for eight-year streaks for the 33 ETFs around at the end of 1999.

A search for the ETFs with positive returns over the last five years in addition to the first three calender quarters of 2007 were found in Ratings database, they include:

  • iShares MSCI South Korea Index Fund (EWY) – EWY has produced positive results for its holders every complete calendar year since its inception in May of 2000. Currently, it’s up 41.6% year-to-date.
  • iShares MSCI Austria Index Fund (EWO) – EWO has produced market gains every calendar year beginning with 2002. Currently, it’s up 6.8% year-to-date.

The last three of the five ETFs with winning streaks produced positive consecutive calender year results since 2002 but have fallen into the red as of January this year. All invest in real estate:

  • iShares Dow Jones U.S. Real Estate ETF (IYR) – IYR has been up every year beginning with 2001, but year-to-date it’s down 7.9%.
  • iShares Cohen and Steers Realty Major ETD (ICF) – ICF has has had consecutive positive years starting in 2002, but year-to-date it’s down 5.9%.
  • Dow Jones Wilshire REIT ETF (RWR) – RWR has been up every calendar year since 2002, but year-to-date it’s down 6.2%.

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