Top 5 ETFs 2019As we enter the the second half of 2019, it’s time to reflect on some key ETF performers so far for the year.

It’s been an excellent year so far for the financial markets, and there have been many ETFs that have performed very well in terms of returns.

I have compiled a list of the top 10 ETF performers of 2019 for the first half of the year. This data was compiled using Fidelity’s ETF Screener tool and analyzing all ETFs except for those that are either leveraged or inverse.


1. TAN (Invesco Solar ETF) – 57.74% YTD Return

TAN uses the benchmark index of MAC Global Solar Energy Index.  The index tracks companies listed on exchanges in developed markets that generate a large portion of their revenues from the solar industry.  The fund has $387.40 net assets and an expense ratio of 0.70%. With a whopping 57.75% YTD return, this fund tops our list.


2. GREK (Global X FTSE Greece 20 ETF) – 44.84% YTD Return

This fund is set up to correspond to the price and yield performance of the MSCI All Greece Select 25/50 index.  This underlying index was designed to represent the performance of the broad Greece equity universe.  While it’s YTD performance has been stellar, over the past 5 years it’s actually down over 14%. This fund has over $404.15M in net assets with a 90-Day average volume of 507,596.


3. PTF (Invesco DWA Technology Momentum ETF) – 44.26% YTD Return

This fund uses the benchmark index of DWA Technology Technical Leaders Index, which is composed of at least 30 securities of companies in the technology sector that have powerful relative strength or “momentum” characteristics.  This fund has an enhanced strategy investment philosophy and a net expense ratio of 0.60%.   Over the past 3 years this fund has generated returns of over 24%.


4. ARKG (ARK Genomic Revolution Multi-Sector ETF) – 43.41% YTD Returns

The ARK Genomic Revolution Multi-Sector ETF is a hot, custom-weighted, actively managed ETF that uses the index of Dynamic Biotechnology & Genome Intellidex.  This ETF focuses on the United States in the healthcare, broad and multi cap sectors. The fund currently has $446.68 in net assets with a 90 day average volume of 159,606.


5. PBW (Invesco Wilderhill Clean Energy ETF) – 43.08% YTD Returns

PBW is a passively managed equity ETF that uses the benchmark index of Winderhill Clean Energy Index.  This index is composed of stocks of around 40 publicly traded United States companies that are engaged in the business of advancing towards cleaner energy and conservation.  The fund has a net expense ratio of 0.70% with a 90 day average volume of 43,093.

Please note, all of the data points included above are accurate as of the publishing date of this article, which is July 8, 2019. Please refer to the table below to get up-to-date insights into the performance of these 5 ETFs.

ETF Jeff's Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

The first half of 2019 has been very exciting for investors.  The overall ETF market has been performing very well – but these 5 really stand out from the crowd.  Please keep in mind, this post only ranks the funds based on their returns for the months of January through June 2019.  There are several other factors to consider with these funds such as fees, volume, etc.  You’ll also find that some of these funds are a tad more volatile than others, so as always, do your research and due diligence prior to making any investment decisions.