PowerShares S&P 500 Low Volatility ETF (NYSEArca: SPLV) is the largest fund in this category. [Using Low-Volatility ETFs to Endure Market Swings]

“Dividend-oriented investing has also been popular,” he wrote. “Old Paradigm: ‘Widows and orphan stocks’ like utilities. New Paradigm: ‘Widows and orphans ETFs’ like emerging market dividend products and a good Min-vol fund.”

It’s not surprising that equity investors are taking a conservative approach after enduring the dot-com and subprime crashes the past decade. Dividend ETFs have also attracted investors looking to boost income in a low-interest-rate market.

Other low-volatility ETFs include:

  • iShares MSCI All Country World Minimum Volatility Index Fund (NYSEArca: ACWV)
  • iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Minimum Volatility Index Fund (NYSEArca: EEMV)
  • iShares MSCI EAFE Minimum Volatility Index Fund (NYSEArca: EFAV)
  • iShares MSCI USA Minimum Volatility Index Fund (NYSEArca: USMV)
  • PowerShares S&P Emerging Markets Low Volatility Portfolio (NYSEArca: EELV)
  • PowerShares S&P International Developed Low Volatility (NYSEArca: IDLV)