Doug Fabian

The Top 10 Exchange-Traded Funds of 2014

A third of the year is already in the books, and 2014 has been a year of surprises so far.

I mean, who would have predicted that long-term Treasury bonds would be so strong this year, with the value of the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) up more than 11% year to date?

Another big surprise this year is the gains, particularly last month, in both energy and emerging markets. The table below shows the best-performing (non-leveraged) exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in April.

Ticker

Name

April % Gains

TUR

ISHARES MSCI TURKEY ETF

9.31

FCG

FIRST TRUST ISE-REV NAT GAS

9.18

UNG

US NATURAL GAS FUND LP

8.72

XOP

SPDR S&P OIL & GAS EXP & PR

8.05

IPW

SPDR S&P INTL ENERGY SECTOR

7.99

UNL

UNITED STATES 12 MONTH NATUR

7.50

PXE

POWERSHARES DYN ENRG EXP PRO

7.42

FILL

ISHARES MSCI GLOBAL ENERGY P

7.34

EPU

ISHARES MSCI ALL PERU CAPPED

7.03

FRAK

MARKET VECTORS OIL & GAS FRACKING

6.88


Doug Fabian

Doug Fabian is the editor of the monthly investment newsletter Successful Investing and is the host of the syndicated radio show, "Doug Fabian's Wealth Strategies."