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

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

Photorgaph by Sam Hodgson/Bloomberg

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Best Sector ETF

Guggenheim Solar Energy ETF (TAN)

In a year when every one of the top four overall best-performing ETFs was in the clean-energy field, TAN led the energy sector by returning almost 120 percent. This time last year, TAN was down 94 percent from its all-time high, and anyone who invested would have been considered crazy. With Elon Musk and Warren Buffett both interested in solar, this ETF has earned new respect, as investors added $220 million in new cash. 

Metals and mining, led by the Market Vectors Goldminers ETF (GDX), was the worst sector, falling 55 percent. It was sent to new lows by a drop in gold’s price, subdued inflation and worse-than-expected miner profitability, according to Bloomberg Industries.