ETF Awards: Best, Worst and What to Watch in 2014

By Eric Balchunas - 2013-12-19T16:50:25Z

Photograph by Valentin Flauraud/Bloomberg

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Best International ETF

iShares MSCI EAFE ETF (EFA)
+16%

Two of the best-performing international investments this year were Europe and Japan, which make up 80 percent of EFA’s holdings. That helped the ETF return 16 percent and haul in $5.7 billion in assets. With total assets of $50 billion, EFA vaulted past the Vanguard Emerging Markets ETF (VWO) to become the world’s largest international ETF. All in all, international developed-market ETFs took in north of $60 billion, more than twice last year’s amount. 

On the other side of the coin, VWO returned -6.8 percent and lost $7.8 billion in cash. That was the third-biggest outflow after GLD and the iShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF (LQD). 

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