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Solid returns and low volatility: Top ETFs
Low-risk ETFs are attracting big money.

Halfway through 2016, investors have already surpassed the $10.7 billion placed in the ETF category all of last year, according to Deutsche Bank. Low-volatility ETFs have attracted $14.3 billion from January through June.

Other ETF categories “experienced erratic flows with cumulative YTD flows bottoming at over $35 billion in outflows in February and ending at over $15 billion outflows at the end of June,” the bank’s researchers report.

While health care and, biotech, are typically volatile, the Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF leads the low-volatility space because of its large-cap concentration, says Morningstar ETF research head Alex Bryan.

“Earnings and cash flows in that sector tend to be a little less volatile,” he says.

Scroll through to see the top performers ranked by three-year return. All data from Morningstar.
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15. Guggenheim S&P 500 Eq Wt Indls ETF
Ticker: RGI
1-Yr. Return: 6.86%
3-Yr. Return: 11.57%
Expense Ratio: 0.40%
Fund Assets (millions): $107.92
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14. Industrial Select Sector SPDR ETF
Ticker: XLI
1-Yr. Return: 9.41%
3-Yr. Return: 11.88%
Expense Ratio: 0.15%
Fund Assets (millions): $6,712
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13. iShares US Consumer Services
Ticker: IYC
1-Yr. Return: 4.23%
3-Yr. Return: 12.82%
Expense Ratio: 0.43%
Fund Assets (millions): $893.34
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12. iShares Global Healthcare
Ticker: IXJ
1-Yr. Return: -1.90%
3-Yr. Return: 12.82%
Expense Ratio: 0.47%
Fund Assets (millions): $1,680
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11. iShares S&P 500 Growth
Ticker: IVW
1-Yr. Return: 6.80%
3-Yr. Return: 13.15%
Expense Ratio: 0.18%
Fund Assets (millions): $13,549
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10. Vanguard S&P 500 Growth ETF
Ticker: VOOG
1-Yr. Return: 6.83%
3-Yr. Return: 13.19%
Expense Ratio: 0.15%
Fund Assets (millions): $947.76
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9. iShares Select Dividend
Ticker: DVY
1-Yr. Return: 17.17%
3-Yr. Return: 13.28%
Expense Ratio: 0.39%
Fund Assets (millions): $15,904
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8. iShares Russell Top 200 Growth
Ticker: IWY
1-Yr. Return: 7.67%
3-Yr. Return: 13.89%
Expense Ratio: 0.20%
Fund Assets (millions): $624.39
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7. First Trust Value Line Dividend ETF
Ticker: FVD
1-Yr. Return: 17.75%
3-Yr. Return: 13.91%
Expense Ratio: 0.70%
Fund Assets (millions): $2,145
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6. PowerShares S&P 500 Low Volatility ETF
Ticker: SPLV
1-Yr. Return: 19.14%
3-Yr. Return: 13.91%
Expense Ratio: 0.25%
Fund Assets (millions): $7,865
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5. Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF
Ticker: XLK
1-Yr. Return: 9.91%
3-Yr. Return: 14.43%
Expense Ratio: 0.15%
Fund Assets (millions): $12,327
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4. iShares Edge MSCI Min Vol USA
Ticker: USMV
1-Yr. Return: 17.29%
3-Yr. Return: 14.83%
Expense Ratio: 0.15%
Fund Assets (millions): $15,080
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3. PowerShares Aerospace & Defense ETF
Ticker: PPA
1-Yr. Return: 9.71%
3-Yr. Return: 15.67%
Expense Ratio: 0.66%
Fund Assets (millions): $320
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2. PowerShares S&P 500 High Div Low VolETF
Ticker: SPHD
1-Yr. Return: 25.23%
3-Yr. Return: 16.07%
Expense Ratio: 0.30%
Fund Assets (millions): $2,228
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1. Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF
Ticker: XLV
1-Yr. Return: 1.13%
3-Yr. Return: 16.64%
Expense Ratio: 0.15%
Fund Assets (millions): $12,859