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10 ETF Volume Leaders of 2Q

The ETF industry has been roaring with explosive growth thanks to unique strategies, creativity, transparency, diversification benefits, enhanced tax competences, low turnover and low cost.

In particular, investors seek to trade in ETFs that can easily be purchased and sold on the market, suggesting that the fund should have enough liquidity. Volume, or the number of shares traded in a particular period, is definitely the most important determinant of the liquidity of a particular fund. A higher number of shares provides easy access to move in and out of the product, keeping the bid/ask spread tight.

Further, greater volume ensures easy creation and redemption of shares in the fund basket, which is a regular and vital mechanism in the ETF. This is especially true as authorized participants (AP) have the ability to create new baskets of ETFs for underlying securities or redeem them when required. This phenomenon allows ETFs to trade in line with their net asset value (NAV) (see: all the Category ETFs here).

That said, we have highlighted 10 ETFs that have seen massive trading volumes and are the top 10 volume leaders of 2Q, as per etfdb.com.

Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund XLF

The fund targets the broad financial segment and follows the Financial Select Sector Index. It holds 68 stocks in its basket with double-digit allocation to the top two firms (read: ETF Winner and Loser from a Flattening Yield Curve).

Zacks ETF Rank: #1 (Strong Buy)
Average Daily Volume: 75.2 million
AUM: $23.13 billion
Expense Ratio: 0.14%
Top Sector: N/A
YTD Returns: 6.2%

SPDR S&P 500 ETF SPY

This fund tracks the S&P 500 index and holds 506 well-diversified stocks in its basket with each holding no more than 3.61% of the assets.

Zacks ETF Rank: #2 (Buy)
Average Daily Volume: 72.45 million
AUM: $239.9 billion
Expense Ratio: 0.09%
Top Sector: Information Technology (22.4%)
YTD Returns: 9.9%

iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN VXX

This ETN provides exposure to short-term equity market volatility by following the S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Index Total Return with the help of the CBOE Volatility Index futures contracts (read: What Does Extremely Low VIX Say About ETF Investing?).

Zacks ETF Rank: N/A
Average Daily Volume: 60.25 million
AUM: $1 billion
Expense Ratio: 0.89%
Top Sector: N/A
YTD Returns: -51.7%

VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF GDX

This product tracks the NYSE Arca Gold Miners Index, which measures the performance of companies involved in the gold mining industry. Holding 51 stocks, it is guilty of concentration on the top two firms that account for over 9% share each.

Zacks ETF Rank: N/A
Average Daily Volume: 54.9 million
AUM: $8.7 billion
Expense Ratio: 0.51%
Top Sector: N/A
YTD Returns: 7.2%

iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF EEM

This fund targets emerging markets and follows the MSCI Emerging Markets Index. It holds 854 stocks in its basket with each accounting for less than 5% share (read: Why No Taper Tantrum for EM ETFs Now).

Zacks ETF Rank: #3 (Hold)
Average Daily Volume: $593.3 billion
AUM: $32.4 billion
Expense Ratio: 0.72%
Top Sector: Information Technology (25.6%)
YTD Returns: 19.7%

ProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures ETF UVXY

This product provides two times leveraged exposure to the S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Index, which measures the returns of a portfolio of monthly VIX futures contracts with a weighted average of one month to expiration.

Zacks ETF Rank: N/A
Average Daily Volume: 31.1 million
AUM: $355.5 million
Expense Ratio: 0.95%
Top Sector: N/A
YTD Returns: -79.3%

United States Oil Fund USO

This is the most popular and liquid ETF in the oil commodity space and seeks to match the performance of the spot price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI or U.S. crude).

Zacks ETF Rank: N/A
Average Daily Volume: 30.3 million
AUM: $3 billion
Expense Ratio: 0.72%
Top Sector: N/A
YTD Returns: -21.5%

PowerShares QQQ QQQ

This product provides exposure to the 107 largest domestic and international companies excluding financial stocks by tracking the Nasdaq-100 Index. It is concentrated on the top firm at 11.5%.

Zacks ETF Rank: #1
Average Daily Volume: 29 million
AUM: $52.2 billion
Expense Ratio: 0.20%
Top Sector: Information Technology (57.6%)
YTD Returns: 18.7%

iShares Russell 2000 ETF IWM

This ETF targets the small cap segment by tracking the Russell 2000 Index, holding 2013 stocks with each holding less than 0.35% of the assets (read: Time to Buy Small Cap ETFs).

Zacks ETF Rank: #3
Average Daily Volume: 28.5 million
AUM: $38.7 billion
Expense Ratio: 0.20%
Top Sector: Financials (18%)
YTD Returns: 5.6%

iShares MSCI EAFE ETF EFA

This fund provides exposure to the stocks in Europe, Australia, Asia and the Far East by tracking the MSCI EAFE Index. It holds 934 securities in its basket with each holding less than 2% of assets.

Zacks ETF Rank: #2
Average Daily Volume: 20.3 million
AUM: $76.9 billion
Expense Ratio: 0.33%
Top Sector: Financials (20.9%)
YTD Returns: 15.8%

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