Though this year was largely marked by an insatiable bull-run, not every ETF was able to prosper. There were a select few segments in the market that struggled to stay afloat, dragging down a number of ETFs in the process. More specifically, precious metals and volatility had a pathetic outing in 2013, as a handful of funds tracking these asset classes were among the worst performing ETFs of the year. The losses in 2013 were especially painful given that the S&P 500 recorded its best annual performance in a decade, jumping 28%+ for the 12 month stretch.free newsletter].
Below, we display the 15 worst performing ETFs of this year; please note this list excludes leveraged and inverse funds and returns are as of 12/27/2013:
2013's Worst Performing ETFs S&P 500 VIX Mid-Term Futures ETN (VXZ) -43.76% Junior Miners ETF (JUNR) -46.18% Global Gold and Precious Metals Portfolio (PSAU) -49.68% Silver Miners ETF (SIL) -50.82% MSCI Global Silver Miners ETF (SLVP) -50.89% iShares MSCI Global Gold Miners ETF (RING) -52.18% Pure Gold Miners ETF (GGGG) -53.29% Market Vectors TR Gold Miners (GDX) -53.77% PureFunds ISE Junior Silver ETF (SILJ) -53.98% Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (GDXJ) -61.19% Gold Explorers ETF (GLDX) -62.33% VIX Short-Term Futures ETF (VIXY) -66.96% S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN (VXX) -66.99% VIX Short-Term ETN (VIIX) -67.02% C-Tracks ETN Citi Volatility Index Total Return (CVOL) -88.42%
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