ETF Trends
ETF Trends

Every exchange traded fund (ETF) investor has at least a few of their favorite, go-to funds. It’s also worthwhile at times to periodically check out the favorites of others  to expand your horizons and get new ideas.

According to Don Dion for The Globe and Mail, he’s chosen his top five ETFs based on the fact that he feels they capture their theme, provide liquidity and exploit the advantages of the ETF model. This is by no means a conclusive list – there are many, many worthy ETFs out there.

These five ETFs address important themes in the financial world of today:

Biotech. iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology (NasdaqGM: IBB) is up 11% year-to-date. Biotechs include many start-up companies that burn out, but a lucky few do strike it rich. Instead of shifting through all the possible companies, the ETF offers a great way to pick up the sector.

ETF IBB

TIPs. iShares Barclays TIPS Bond (NYSEArca: TIP) is up 7.1% year-to-date. This fund tracks securities that range in duration from one to 20 years. Indiividual TIPs bonds are taxed on inflation adjustment and TIP distributes inflation-adjustment as income.

ETF TIP

India. WisdomTree India Earnings (NYSEArca: EPI) is up 85.8% year-to-date. The fund offers access to the Indian equity market while allowing for the limitations that foreigners might have on investing. Potential investors should note that emerging market equities tend to be more volatile.

ETF EPI

Gold. SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) is up 15.4% year-to-date. Gold has been the talk of the markets these days. Buying gold is a good way to diversify a portfolio. GLD tracks the price of gold stockpiles, so investors won’t be tracking the price through derivative holdings.

ETF GLD

S&P 500. SPDRs S&P 500 (NYSEArca: SPY) is up 16.7% year-to-date. The fund has been providing low-cost exposure to the S&P 500. SPY is a good proxy for the market as a whole and Dion believes it to be a must-have fund for any well-rounded ETF portfolio.

ETF SPY

Max Chen contributed to this article.

For full disclosure, Tom Lydon’s clients own shares of GLD and SPY.

The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to pass. Information on this site should not be used or construed as an offer to sell, a solicitation of an offer to buy, or a recommendation for any product.