ETF Trends
ETF Trends

One of the defining attributes of exchange traded funds (ETFs) is their high liquidity, but which of them are among the most liquid of all?

Investors have a cornucopia of ETFs to choose from with 843 exchange-traded products currently available, writes Ron Rowland for Seeking Alpha. There are some oddballs that have trading sessions with zero volume and high bid/ask spreads. But there is also a select group known as the “ETF Billion Dollar Club” that has risen above the crowd in providing more than $1 billion per day in trades.

The average daily value traded (ADVT) is a good indicator for liquidity. It is the volume multiplied by price, and is sometimes referred to as $ Volume. Higher liquidity means there will most likely be someone out there willing to take the other side of a trade.

There are 17 members in this exclusive club as of February, 2009:

  1. SPDR S&P 500 (SPY): ADVT of $30,767,683,584
  2. PowerShares QQQ (QQQQ): $5,251,502,080
  3. ProShares UltraShort Financials (SKF): $4,627,046,400
  4. ProShares UltraShort S&P500 (SDS): $4,580,779,008
  5. iShares Russell 2000 (IWM): $3,093,236,480
  6. DIAMONDS Trust (DIA): $2,625,997,824
  7. SPDR Gold Trust (GLD): $2,470,299,648
  8. SPDR Select Sector Financial (XLF): $2,082,540,544
  9. ProShares Ultra S&P 500 (SSO): $1,905,811,200
  10. SPDR Select Sector Energy (XLE): $1,795,240,832
  11. iShares MSCI Emerging Markets (EEM): $1,746,615,296
  12. ProShares UltraShort Real Estate (SRS): $1,577,850,496
  13. ProShares UltraShort QQQ (QID): $1,458,607,744
  14. iShares Dow Jones U.S. Real Estate (IYR): $1,244,349,184
  15. iShares MSCI EAFE (EFA): $1,222,589,568
  16. Direxion Financial Bear 3x Shares (FAZ): $1,221,666,944
  17. United States Oil Fund (USO): $1,034,414,528

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