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The 5 Best ETFs in the World

These five country-specific funds have been killing it

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#3: United States

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YTD Return: +20%

So much for the assumption that the biggest growth — and thus the biggest gains — are all overseas! A good chunk of this year’s global growth has actually been home-grown.

In 2013, the S&P 500 has notched 23 all-time highs, while it closed above 1700 for the first time ever late last week. For investors in the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY), that has meant a sturdy 20% year-to-date return.

One reason for the continued gains: The U.S. economy is steadily recovering, but not so fast that the central bank will likely stop its stimulus any time in the near future.

A few top performers in the SPY’s top holdings include tech giant Google (GOOG) and consumer staples stock Johsnon & Johnson (JNJ), which have booked respective gains of 28% and 35%. Of course, top holding Apple (AAPL), weighted at 2.9%, has been no help, contributing 13% losses so far this year.

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