ETF Categories Index

Our ETF categories allow readers to drill down to find the best dividend ETFs to buy in 11 different niches.

The ETF categories include funds organized by similarities to facilitate searches and comparisons. To quickly jump to one of these categories, click on a link in the index below

Index of ETF Categories

A bit more about our ETF categories

Asset classes describing the main composition of a fund’s portfolio.

Sectors showing the industry that a fund may build its holdings around.

Regions reveal where the majority of a fund’s holdings are located.

Countries provide more localized information than regions, allowing investors to assess country-specific political and economic situations that may be relevant to investment decisions.

Bond types tell investors about the risk profile and growth potential of such investments.

Bond durations identify funds that may only trade short-term instruments, as well as those that invest in nothing but fixed-income securities of 10 years or longer.

Commodity types indicate whether a fund is diversified to hold a variety of commodities or focuses on a narrow niche such as gold, silver, precious metals, oil, energy or something else.

Alternative types feature funds that can deviate from traditional assets to include so-called alternative ones that may focus on hedge fund investing, merger arbitrage, futures and others.

Sizes describe whether a fund invests in large-cap or small-cap equities, not its total assets under management or how many holdings it may possess.

Styles facilitate investors in finding both growth and value stocks, among others.

An all-inclusive unfiltered list of ETF funds can be found in our ETF directory.

ETF Asset Classes

ETF asset classes describe the main composition of a fund’s portfolio. While the majority of ETFs deal primarily in stocks and equities, there are many dedicated to bonds, real estate, commodities and more. The asset class of an ETF gives meaningful information about its risk profile and profit potential, helping investors make informed decisions about what funds to buy.

Asset Class Count Average Dividend Yield
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Equity 1,764 1.91%
Bond 424 2.43%
Multi-Asset 105 3.99%
Commodity 95 1.58%
Real Estate 45 3.68%
Alternatives 30 2.17%
Currency 18 0.00%
Preferred Stock 14 6.01%
Volatilities 14 1.37%

ETF Sectors

The listing of an ETF sector informs investors of an industry that is included in a fund’s holdings. While many ETFs will invest in assets across multiple sectors, there is typically one with the overwhelming focus of the fund’s management. For example, a health care ETF will mostly purchase shares of health care-related stocks, but it may supplement its portfolio with some pharmaceutical, biomedical or medicinal cannabis stocks to diversify.

Sector Count Average Dividend Yield
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Technology 92 1.22%
Energy 67 3.14%
Materials 60 2.11%
Healthcare 58 0.93%
Financials 51 3.38%
Real Estate 47 3.09%
Industrials 39 0.90%
Consumer Discretionary 37 0.69%
Utilities 25 2.29%
Consumer Staples 21 1.37%
Telecom 9 1.66%

ETF Regions

The region of an ETF describes where the majority of its holdings are located. While the fund may be managed from anywhere, the area it invests in makes a significant difference in the market conditions in which it operates. That is, a fund operated in the United States may invest mostly in Latin American equities. Therefore, the fund would list its region as “Latin America.”

Region Count Average Dividend Yield
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North America 1,588 1.66%
Global 409 2.52%
International ex USA 145 3.50%
Emerging Markets 106 3.47%
Emerging Asia Pacific 74 1.60%
Developed Europe 66 3.17%
Developed Asia Pacific 40 2.86%
Latin America 25 5.31%
Developed Markets 24 2.58%
Asia Pacific 11 2.96%
Middle East 10 2.48%
Emerging Europe 6 1.13%
Africa 4 5.00%
Frontier Markets 1 2.05%

ETF Countries

Similar to ETF regions, the country in which an ETF invests affects the market conditions the fund must navigate. The ETF countries category gives more localized information than regions, allowing investors to assess political and economic situations that may affect their investment.

Country Count Average Dividend Yield
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United States 1,476 1.60%
Global 408 2.53%
International ex USA 145 3.50%
North America 107 2.42%
Emerging Markets 102 3.53%
China 54 1.48%
Developed Europe 37 2.69%
Europe Australasia and Far East Regions 24 2.58%
Japan 23 2.32%
India 12 1.33%
Brazil 8 5.65%
Germany 7 3.96%
Canada 7 1.32%
Asia Pacific ex Japan 6 2.55%
Latin America 5 7.56%
United Kingdom 5 3.53%
Developed Asia Pacific 4 4.96%
Australia 4 3.32%
Mexico 4 2.88%
Israel 4 1.05%
Russia 4 0.00%
Colombia 3 5.17%
Argentina 3 3.58%
Developed Asia Pacific ex Japan 3 3.53%
Switzerland 3 2.94%
South Korea 3 2.64%
Singapore 2 4.95%
Emerging Asia Pacific 2 3.60%
Norway 2 3.15%
Hong Kong 2 2.79%
Taiwan 2 2.71%
Brazil India China and South Korea 2 2.55%
Indonesia 2 1.64%
Saudi Arabia 2 1.22%
Nigeria 1 8.18%
Pakistan 1 8.06%
Peru 1 6.61%
Finland 1 6.58%
France 1 6.48%
Malaysia 1 5.73%
Belgium 1 5.69%
Italy 1 5.12%
Chile 1 5.11%
Sweden 1 5.06%
Africa 1 4.83%
Austria 1 4.67%
Southeast Asia 1 4.35%
United Arab Emirates 1 4.21%
Qatar 1 3.89%
Egypt 1 3.70%
Spain 1 3.42%
Thailand 1 3.40%
South Africa 1 3.28%
Portugal 1 3.25%
Turkey 1 3.19%
New Zealand 1 3.15%
Greece 1 2.61%
Brazil Russia India and China 1 2.61%
Poland 1 2.44%
Frontier Markets 1 2.05%
Netherlands 1 1.85%
Philippines 1 1.77%
Ireland 1 1.55%
Denmark 1 1.54%
Vietnam 1 0.68%
China and India 1 0.48%

ETF Bond Types

The bond type an ETF invests in tells investors what the risk profile and growth timeline looks like for a given investment. Not every ETF can be categorized by bond type — not every ETF trades bonds — but the ones that do have a wide range of investment styles. For example, an ETF locked into treasury bonds will look very different from one more interested in high-profit junk bonds.

Bond Type Count Average Dividend Yield
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Total Bond Market 86 1.97%
Investment Grade Corporate 53 2.18%
Treasuries 50 0.87%
Junk 45 4.60%
Municipal Bond 31 1.81%
Target Maturity Date Corporate Bond 22 1.86%
Emerging Markets 20 4.27%
Target Maturity Date Munis 19 1.16%
TIPS 16 6.13%
Mortgage-Backed 14 1.69%
Target Maturity Date Junk Bond 12 3.36%
International Corporate 11 2.35%
Bank Loans 6 4.15%
International Treasury 6 0.40%
Floating Rate Bonds 5 1.18%
Convertible 4 2.04%
California Munis 3 2.16%
High Yield Munis 2 3.74%
New York Munis 2 2.28%
China Bonds 2 1.64%
Floating Rate Treasury 2 0.48%
Broad 1 5.07%
Build America 1 3.16%
United States Agency 1 0.88%

ETF Bond Durations

Once again, not every ETF may be categorized by bond durations, but bond-trading ETFs will have a variety of timelines based on the durations of the bonds they hold. One ETF may only trade short-term, quick-profit bonds, while another invests in nothing but 10+ year bonds.

Bond Duration Count Average Dividend Yield
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All-Term 195 2.52%
Intermediate-Term 98 2.92%
Long-Term 41 2.18%
Short-Term 39 1.46%
Ultra-Short-Term 26 0.92%
Zero Duration 11 3.28%

ETF Commodity Types

ETFs that primarily deal in commodities may be categorized by what commodity they trade most. While most commodity-focused funds hold a diversified set of materials, there are many ETFs that build a portfolio around a single item — gold, silver, grains, livestock and more make an appearance.

Commodity Type Count Average Dividend Yield
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Diversified Commodities 22 6.79%
Gold 18 0.17%
Crude Oil 6 0.00%
Agriculture 5 2.21%
Natural Gas 5 0.00%
Silver 4 0.00%
Energy 3 0.00%
Industrial Metals 3 0.00%
Platinum 3 0.00%
Carbon Allowances 2 0.27%
Precious Metals 2 0.00%
Grains 2 0.00%
Sugar 2 0.00%
Copper 2 0.00%
Aluminum 1 0.00%
Biofuels 1 0.00%
Gasoline 1 0.00%
Softs 1 0.00%
Brent Oil 1 0.00%
Soybeans 1 0.00%
Cocoa 1 0.00%
Tin 1 0.00%
Coffee 1 0.00%
Livestock 1 0.00%
Wheat 1 0.00%
Corn 1 0.00%
Nickel 1 0.00%
Cotton 1 0.00%
Palladium 1 0.00%

ETF Alternative Types

ETFs with strategies that vary from traditional asset trading may be considered alternative funds. Some strategies include hedge fund investing, merger arbitrage, futures and other alternative investment modes.

Alternative Type Count Average Dividend Yield
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Long-Short 14 0.82%
Hedge Fund 7 0.48%
Managed Futures 4 10.68%
Merger Arbitrage 4 0.00%
Real Return 2 6.25%

ETF Sizes

The sizes that ETFs are categorized into are not a description of how much money the fund has or how many holdings it may possess — it instead describes the average size of the fund’s holdings. Whether an ETF invests in large-cap or small-cap equities makes a meaningful difference in the fund’s profile and returns, and can lead investors to make better decisions about what fits into their portfolio.

Size Count Average Dividend Yield
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Large-Cap 1,572 1.99%
Multi-Cap 716 2.47%
Micro-Cap 74 2.03%
Small-Cap 72 1.54%
Mid-Cap 61 1.58%
Mega-Cap 14 1.68%

ETF Styles

Most ETFs invest in both growth and value stocks. That said, there are many that opt to focus on just one of the equity styles. These ETFs allow specialized growth and value investors to build their portfolios with their preferred stock type. Alternatively, ETFs can make diversification into the opposite investment style more reliable and convenient.

Style Count Average Dividend Yield
Blend 2,122 2.24%
Growth 283 0.67%
Value 104 3.14%
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