Those two ETFs are up an average of 12% this year while the iShares MSCI EAFE Minimum Volatility ETF (NYSEArca: EFAV) is higher by 11.4%.

Emerging markets stand as one market segment where low volatility has trumped high beta. The PowerShares S&P Emerging Markets High Beta Portfolio (NYSEArca: EEHB) is off 11.8% year-to-date, but the PowerShares S&P Emerging Markets Low Volatility Portfolio (NYSEArca: EELV) and the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Minimum Volatility ETF (NYSEArca: EEMV) are down just 2% apiece.  [Two ETFs for Emerging Markets Seasonality]

PowerShares S&P 500 High Beta Portfolio

ETF Trends editorial team contributed to this post.

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