Best and Worst Investments of 2012

By Ben Steverman - 2012-12-12T21:04:13Z

Photograph by Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

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Best Exchange-Traded Fund

Shares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction Index Fund

+73.1%

Signs of a housing recovery sent shares of homebuilders soaring this year. Of the 27 builders in the iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction Index Fund (ITB), the largest holding is Lennar Corp. (LEN), which returned 95 percent in the first 11 months of the year.

Universe and criteria: The 1,064 U.S.-based exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Excluded are exchange-traded notes and ETFs that use leverage.

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