Since their creation in 1993, exchange-traded funds reaped their greatest monthly inflows in November, taking in $25.12 billion, according to data from the Investment Company Institute. By last count, they had $288.95 billion in assets.

Equity ETFs took in the lion's share of those flows, rising by $24.49 billion in the month. Of that, $17.54 billion went to domestic equity ETFs and $6.95 billion in international equity ETFs. Bond ETFs took in $626 million.

Among individual exchange-traded funds, experts tell Dow Jones that large-cap growth and technology ETFs and likely to be among the most popular and best-performing in  2006. Other ETFs that could do well could be those concentrating on investment management firms, homebuilders, gold and energy. 

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