iShares Russell 2000

Small and mid-cap stocks have also led the way over the past three years as the economy recovers from the credit crisis. Small-cap ETFs are trading just below their 2007 peak.

Still, an index of U.S. small-business optimism fell to fell to a five-month low in March, according to a report last week.

U.S. small-cap ETFs include iShares Russell 2000, Vanguard Small-Cap ETF (NYSEArca: VB) and iShares S&P SmallCap 600 (NYSEArca: IJR).

Full disclosure: Tom Lydon’s clients own VB.

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