Checking in on 2012′s Best and Worst Performers

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In the spirit of recapping the highlights and lowlights on Wall Street as 2013 draws to a close, today we’re taking a look back at the biggest winners and losers in the ETF space from 2012 to see how they have fared following their impressive, or in some cases dismal, performances.

The majority of the best performing ETFs from 2012 managed to turn in positive, although not nearly as impressive, performances in 2013, continuing their winning streaks and rewarding buy-and-hold investors. Two of the biggest winners from 2012, the Health Care GEMS ETF (HGEM) and the Industrials GEMS ETF (IGEM), however, didn’t make it back on the list this year after failing to accumulate a meaningful amount of assets, which prompted their closure [for more ETF updates, sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter]:

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On the losing side, many of 2012′s worst performers failed to reverse course this past year, although one ETF in particular did post truly stellar double-digit returns. Below, we highlight the funds profiled last year in our 10 Best Performing ETFs In 2012 and 10 Worst ETF Performers In 2012 with an update on their 2013 performances.

Please note that the year-to-date ETF returns featured below are as of December 6th, 2013:

How 2012's Best ETFs Performed in 2013 Market Vectors Biotech ETF (BBH) 63.16% iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (ITB) 6.95% iShares MSCI Poland Capped ETF (EPOL) 5.73% Egypt Index ETF (EGPT) 4.59% FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Asia Index Fund (IFAS) -0.58% Global ex-US Real Estate Fund (DRW) -3.69% iShares MSCI Philippines ETF (EPHE) -5.37% India Consumer ETF (INCO) -7.73%

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How 2012's Worst ETFs Performed in 2013 Market Vectors Solar Energy ETF (KWT) 98.16% FTSE Argentina 20 ETF (ARGT) 15.20% WTI Crude Oil Fund (CRUD) 2.63% DJ-UBS Natural Gas Subindex Total Return ETN (GAZ) -9.29% Pure Beta Softs ETN (GRWN) -17.52% Market Vectors Coal ETF (KOL) -20.41% Global Carbon ETN (GRN) -20.59% Dow Jones-UBS Coffee ETN (JO) -35.53% Gold Explorers ETF (GLDX) -64.17% C-Tracks ETN Citi Volatility Index Total Return (CVOL) -85.82%

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