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12 Best Performing ETFs

Best Performing ETFs cannot be answered in general.

Every investor needs another aspect of performance, while one investor might want to have the smallest drawdown (best performance = smallest drawdown), another investor might seek for the highest absolute return (best performance = highest absolute return), or other features which influence the individual performance perception.

For example, a Bond ETF might have a very bad return but is stable in a crash, while a High Tec Stock ETF might have a very good return but lose much more in a crash.

From an original 5000 ETFs we have given more than 500 ETFs into our optimization algorithm to find these 12 best ETF.

For these 500 ETFs we have used 8 different parameters for the optimization process:

  • Volatility (or Standard deviation, calculated according to our proprietary formula)
  • Return (how much profit they have made historically)
  • Liquidity (how often they are traded)
  • Replication Method
  • Fulfillment of legal requirements (UCITS compliant and others)
  • History (means availability of historic data, new ETFs were not included)
  • Dependence (negative correlation, calculated according to our proprietary formula)
  • Assets Under Management (AUM)

Note: We have not included the officially published cost or fees of the funds (called TCR or total cost ratio) as these numbers are misleading and do not present the real cost charged to the customer

These 500 ETFs with 8 criteria gives billions of possible combinations. Out of these combinations we were able to extract 12 ETFs which delivers the best possible performance in combination with others.

With these 12 ETFs we were able to build 20 "optimal portfolios", means portfolios which cannot be made any better by adding or removing any of the 500 ETFs of the optimization process.

The following table shows the 12 ETFs we found with our scientific selection process.

Sr. No. ETF Name ISIN Symbol WKN 1 Month 3 Month 6 Month 1 Year
1 FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Developed Europe Real Estate UCITS ETF (DR) LU0489337690 D5BK DBX0F1
2 db x-trackers DAX® UCITS ETF (DR) LU0274211480 XDDX DBX0NH
3 iShares MDAX® UCITS ETF (DE) DE0005933923 EXS3 593392
4 iShares STOXX Europe Small 200 UCITS ETF (DE) DE000A0D8QZ7 EXSE A0D8QZ
5 iShares Nikkei 225 UCITS ETF JPY (Acc) IE00B52MJD48 SXRZ A0YEDQ
6 iShares € Govt Bond 1-3yr UCITS ETF EUR (Acc) IE00B3VTMJ91 SXRN A0X8SK
7 iShares TecDAX® UCITS ETF (DE) DE0005933972 EXS2 593397
8 iShares STOXX Europe 600 UCITS ETF (DE) DE0002635307 EXSA 263530
9 iShares Dow Jones U.S. Select Dividend UCITS ETF (DE) DE000A0D8Q49 EXX5 A0D8Q4
10 iShares € Govt Bond 3-7yr UCITS ETF EUR (Acc) IE00B3VTML14 SXRP A0X8SL
11 iShares FTSE 100 UCITS ETF GBP (Acc) IE00B53HP851 SXRW A0YEDM
12 iShares Core S&P 500 UCITS ETF USD (Acc) IE00B5BMR087 SXR8 A0YEDG

The "Risk to Return" Chart above shows 12 ETFs and 20 Risk-Adjusted Portfolios. These 20 Portfolios allows you to take basically every Risk-to-Return combination with efficient results than a specific ETF on their own. Our Portfolio with the risk level 17 is marked here with "Your Portfolio" and it has an approximately 50% lower risk (based on the lower base) but a higher return then the EXSA ETF.

Despite other companies who might develop their portfolio arbitrarily by adding things based on a behavioral concepts (for example they say "Gold is always good and I put 5% in every portfolio") we check a broad range of ETFs based on the fact if they can move the optimized Portfolio closer to the "Efficient Frontier" or in other words if they deliver a better Risk to Return ratio.

We have done these optimizations with more than 500 ETFs and found those 12 ETFs which deliver the best results. Adding more ETF will not deliver better Risk to Return profiles. We are proud that our work has proven itself in reality. You can check the performance of our diversified ETF Portfolio here

You can understand further about our portfolio development in our free webinar or read how these ETFsare built in a portfolio on our ETF diversified portfolio strategy page.


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