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ETF Winners and Losers From Q1 2013

A roundup of the best and worst funds from the past three months

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Best ETF (Medium Volume): iShares Russell Mid-Cap Value ETF

iShares185YTD Performance: +13.5%

Given the success of real estate investments in recent memory, it would be easy to choose the iShares FTSE NAREIT Mortgage Plus Capped Index Fund (NYSE:REM), which returned 17% in the first quarter and 30% over the past year.

However, I’ve already chosen something housing related so I’ll go with the iShares Russell Mid-Cap Value ETF (NYSE:IWS) instead, which is up 13.5% year-to-date.

Financials including SunTrust (NYSE:STI) and Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ:FITB) represent 31% of the $4.7 billion in total net assets; it’s a good thing, then, when you consider that the banks are likely to stay on a roll through the remainder of 2013.

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