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The Best ETFs and Worst ETFs of 2013

Dividend ETF kills its, while emerging markets ETFs crumble

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When it comes to exchange-traded funds (ETFs), two things define success or failure: overall performance and assets gathered.

best-stocks-etfs-mutual-funds-2013-2014In 2013, the largest ETF by a country mile — SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) — had a great year, gaining close to 30% as of Dec. 26. And it’s fair to say that S&P 500 ETFs were the year’s biggest success story.

But there were others, of course. That’s why, once again, we sorted through to find the best ETFs and worst ETFs the year had to offer.

In last year’s roundup of the best ETFs and worst ETFs, we excluded leverage, inverse and single-country funds from contention. This year, we allowed single-country funds into the fray because in several instances — good and bad — they’re worth mentioning.

But other than that our winners for the best ETFs and worst ETFs will be funds most regular investors should consider for their portfolios. Take a look:

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