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Best & Worst Monthly Performers: August 28 Edition

Here is a look at the 25 best and 25 worst ETFs from the past trading month. Traders can use this list to find prospective candidates that have deviated too far from their longer-term trends, thereby serving as potential starting points for those looking to take on either short or long positions.

Likewise, traders can also use this list to spot potential trend reversal opportunities that may offer a generous risk/reward. As always, investors of all experience levels are advised to use stop-loss orders and practice disciplined profit-taking techniques.

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Best-Performing ETFs

The U.S. market showed a downward trend in the last month with all three major indices – the DOW, S&P 500 and NASDAQ moving lower. Several velocity ETFs such as iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term (VXX B+), ProShares VIX Short-Term Futures ETF (VIXY A) and VelocityShares VIX Short-Term ETN (VIIX B-) featured on the list of best performing ETFs as volatility rose amidst rising trade war tension. VIX, the CBOE velocity index increased to 16.7 this month from 12.7, earlier. Discover our Volatility hedged equity ETFs here Many long-term treasury ETFs like iShares 20 plus Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT B-) and SPDR Portfolio Long Term Treasury ETF (SPTL n/a) also made it to the list of best performing ETFs as the yield on U.S. 10 year treasury note dropped to 1.634% from 2.079%, a month ago. Real estate ETFs such as Real Estate Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLRE ) and iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (ITB A-) ranked amongst the best performing ETFs, as the real estate sector gained more than 6% this month. It was the best performing sector this month. The housing market is benefitting from falling interest rates.

To compare this month’s list with the one published on August 1, click here.

Ticker Name Price 1-Month Return 1-Year Return Leverage
(EVIX n/a) VelocityShares 1X Long VSTOXX Futures ETN $5.89 15.57% -39.15% Long
(ZROZ C+) PIMCO 25 Plus Year Zero Coupon U.S. Treasury Index ETF $144.80 14.59% 26.28% Long
(EDV B+) Vanguard Extended Duration Treasury ETF $142.38 13.07% 23.43% Long
(VXX B+) iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN $25.75 12.40% -11.05% Long
(VIXY A) ProShares VIX Short-Term Futures ETF $21.15 12.38% -12.02% Long
(VIIX B-) VelocityShares VIX Short-Term ETN $10.90 12.26% -11.60% Long
(LD A-) iPath Bloomberg Lead Subindex Total Return ETN $46.57 10.88% 8.03% Long
(JJN C+) iPath Series B Bloomberg Nickel Subindex Total Return ETN $62.54 9.86% 14.91% Long
(DWSH n/a) AdvisorShares Dorsey Wright Short ETF $27.95 9.14% 11.62% Long
(TLT B-) iShares 20 plus Year Treasury Bond ETF $143.60 8.84% 17.84% Long
(BTAL B) AGFiQ US Market Neutral Anti-Beta Fund $24.14 8.64% 20.10% Long
(SPTL n/a) SPDR Portfolio Long Term Treasury ETF $41.23 8.61% 17.56% Long
(VGLT A-) Vanguard Long-Term Government Bond ETF $88.04 8.56% 17.52% Long
(SRVR n/a) Pacer Benchmark Data & Infrastructure Real Estate SCTR ETF $32.02 8.32% 20.20% Long
(EGPT C) VanEck Vectors Egypt Index ETF $32.33 8.29% -1.21% Long
(BDRY n/a) Breakwave Dry Bulk Shipping ETF $19.46 8.18% -23.90% Long
(REZ A) iShares Residential Real Estate Capped ETF $78.91 7.46% 22.23% Long
(ITB A-) iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF $40.88 6.90% 6.40% Long
(TAN B) Invesco Solar ETF $30.99 6.86% 42.42% Long
(BLV A-) Vanguard Long-Term Bond ETF $103.30 6.68% 15.28% Long
(GLDW n/a) SPDR Long Dollar Gold Trust $152.61 6.37% 32.05% Long
(XLRE ) Real Estate Select Sector SPDR Fund $39.07 6.28% 16.84% Long
(MOM C) AGFiQ US Market Neutral Momentum Fund $26.89 6.16% 8.30% Long
(VIXM A+) ProShares VIX Mid-Term Futures ETF $22.72 6.07% 8.24% Long
(VXZ B) iPath S&P 500 VIX Mid-Term Futures ETN $18.94 6.05% 4.56% Long

Worst-Performing ETFs

Several Argentina stocks like Global X MSCI Argentina ETF (ARGT C+) and iShares MSCI Argentina and Global Exposure ETF (AGT n/a) topped this month’s list of worst performing ETFs as the Argentina stock market suffered from a shocking Presidential election result. Investors fear that Argentina might default on its debt and could hit a financial crisis. Several oil & gas equipment & services ETFs like SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Equipment & Services ETF (XES B+) and VanEck Vectors Oil Services ETF (OIH B+) featured on the list, as energy was the worst performing sector this week. The energy equipment & services sector declined by more than 14% this month. Compare and contrast the two energy services ETFs using our “ETF Comparison tool.”: https://etfdb.com/tool/etf-comparison/OIH-XES/ Global X Copper Miners ETF (COPX B) made it to the list of worst performing ETFs this month as Copper prices declined by more than 6% during the month. The metals & mining segment also registered a fall of over 10% during the month. VanEck Vectors Rare Earth/Strategic Metals ETF (REMX C) and iShares MSCI Global Metals & Mining Producers ETF (PICK A-) were also present on the list. Check out all metals ETFs here A few Indian ETFs like First Trust India NIFTY 50 Equal Weight ETF (NFTY n/a) and VanEck Vectors India Small-Cap Index ETF (SCIF B) also ranked amongst the worst performing ETFs as the Indian stock market was hit by a domestic slowdown and global trade war issues.

Worst-Performing ETFs

Ticker Name Price 1-Month Return 1-Year Return Leverage
(ARGT C+) Global X MSCI Argentina ETF $24.54 -23.41% -9.61% Long
(AGT n/a) iShares MSCI Argentina and Global Exposure ETF $21.11 -23.17% -8.25% Long
(XES B+) SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Equipment & Services ETF $7.25 -20.07% -56.33% Long
(OIH B+) VanEck Vectors Oil Services ETF $11.51 -20.01% -54.16% Long
(COPX B) Global X Copper Miners ETF $16.15 -19.37% -25.23% Long
(PXJ C+) Invesco Dynamic Oil & Gas Services ETF $4.69 -18.93% -51.80% Long
(IEZ B+) iShares U.S. Oil Equipment & Services ETF $17.33 -18.02% -51.61% Long
(SLX B+) VanEck Vectors Steel ETF $32.13 -17.53% -27.64% Long
(KOL B) VanEck Vectors Coal ETF $10.75 -16.54% -32.52% Long
(PICK A-) iShares MSCI Global Metals & Mining Producers ETF $25.03 -16.34% -19.23% Long
(BUYN n/a) USCF SummerHaven SHPEN Index Fund $13.97 -16.33% -48.74% Long
(DOGS n/a) Arrow DOGS of the World ETF $42.18 -15.75% -16.89% Long
(AMZA ) InfraCap MLP ETF $4.77 -15.43% -40.30% Long
(EZA B+) iShares MSCI South Africa ETF $46.63 -15.06% -17.75% Long
(FLZA n/a) Franklin FTSE South Africa ETF $24.10 -14.80% -0.08% Long
(SCIF B) VanEck Vectors India Small-Cap Index ETF $29.73 -14.67% -40.49% Long
(FCG C+) First Trust Natural Gas ETF $11.15 -14.49% -50.97% Long
(NIB A+) iPath Bloomberg Cocoa SubIndex Total Return ETN $25.35 -14.39% -5.94% Long
(REMX C) VanEck Vectors Rare Earth/Strategic Metals ETF $12.42 -14.17% -37.87% Long
(MJ n/a) ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF $25.41 -13.81% -15.94% Long
(PSCE B-) Invesco S&P SmallCap Energy ETF $7.08 -13.25% -57.35% Long
(COW A) iPath Series B Bloomberg Livestock Subindex Total Return ETN $42.86 -12.87% -12.74% Long
(FXN B-) First Trust Energy AlphaDEX Fund $9.46 -12.81% -43.96% Long
(NFTY n/a) First Trust India NIFTY 50 Equal Weight ETF $31.25 -12.72% -18.28% Long
(EPOL B+) iShares MSCI Poland ETF $20.65 -12.39% -14.17% Long
(EPU B+) iShares MSCI All Peru ETF $33.13 -12.24% -11.63% Long
(LEND n/a) Amplify CrowdBureau Peer-to-Peer Lending and Equity Crowdfunding ETF $20.67 -12.17% -16.08% Long

Please note that this list is updated on a monthly basis.

Disclosure: No positions at time of writing.

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