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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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Best ETFs – Vanguard Dividend Appreciation (VIG)

best-etfs-vanguard-etf-dividend-etf-vigAnother one of the best ETFs of 2013? A dividend ETF from good ol’ Vanguard. While the Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF (BND) was delivering negative returns in 2013, the Vanguard Dividend Appreciation (VIG) was busy putting its sister fund to shame. VIG has racked up 25% returns so far.

Of course, this fund wasn’t the only dividend ETF that had a nice year. Dividend funds as a whole took in a whopping $27.6 billion through the first 11 months of the year as investors abandoned fixed income investments and opted for the friendly confines of dividend stocks.

And while equities have been performing well the last couple of years, a dividend ETF is nice because it will still generate decent returns if or when stocks stop appreciating. That’s a valuable reassurance, and helped make VIG one of the best ETFs.

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