Ranking the lowest-cost ETFs

Ranked by expense ratio per category

Apr 16, 2014 @ 10:40 am

Large Cap

Expense ratio*Net assets ($M)YTD return1-year return3-year retun5-year return
Schwab U.S. Large-Cap ETF (SCHX)0.04%$2,492.81.07%20.90%14.70%N/A
Schwab U.S. Large-Cap Growth ETF (SCHG)0.07%$1,225.11.09%23.91%14.70%N/A
iShares Core S&P Total U.S. Stock Market ETF (ITOT)0.07%$1,101.90.97%20.85%14.61%20.68%
Schwab U.S. Large-Cap Value ETF (SCHV)0.07%$864.31.01%17.93%14.52%N/A
Vanguard Growth Index Fund ETF (VUG)0.10%$13,766.40.0026%21.15%15.08%20.96%

Small-cap

Schwab U.S. Small-Cap ETF (SCHA)0.08%$2,055.50.78%24.69%15.03%N/A
Vanguard Small-Cap Value Index Fund ETF (VBR)0.10%$4,000.11.75%22.64%14.86%25.29%
Vanguard Small-Cap Index Fund ETF (VB)0.10%$8,629.30.96%23.30%14.69%25.87%
Vanguard Small-Cap Growth Index Fund ETF (VBK)0.10%$3,869.40.04%23.02%14.20%26.23%
SPDR Russell 2000 ETF (TWOK)0.12%$77.4-0.68%N/AN/AN/A

Developed markets

Schwab International Equity ETF (SCHF)0.09%$2,072.5-0.20%15.00%6.10%N/A
Vanguard FTSE Developed Markets ETF (VEA)0.10%$20,634.6-0.16%16.76%7.37%15.46%
Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF (VGK)0.12%$15,751.71.60%24.35%8.85%17.64%
Vanguard FTSE Pacific Fund ETF (VPL)0.12%$2,601.8-3.12%4.58%5.52%12.15%
iShares Core MSCI EAFE ETF (IEFA)0.14%$1,653.40.37%17.63%N/AN/A

Emerging markets

Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets Fund ETF (VWO)0.15%$41,139.4-1.30%-3.73%-2.88%13.00%
Schwab Emerging Markets Equity ETF (SCHE)0.15%$860.4-1.15%-3.23%-2.96%N/A
iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (IEMG)0.18%$3,623.0-1.16%-2.03%N/AN/A
iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Minimum Vol ETF (EEMV)0.25%$2,069.3-1.71%-3.59%N/AN/A
PowerShares S&P Emerging Markets High Beta (EEHB)0.29%$5.91.78%-2.87%N/AN/A
PowerShares S&P Emerging Markets Low Volatility (EELV)0.29%$214.3-3.16%-4.93%N/AN/A

Fixed income

iShares Treasury Floating Rate Bond ETF (TFLO)0.00%$5.0N/AN/AN/AN/A
Schwab U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF (SCHZ)0.05%$558.51.87%-0.16%N/AN/A
Schwab US TIPS ETF (SCHP)0.07%$411.91.95%-6.48%3.45%N/A
iShares Core Total U.S. Bond Market ETF (AGG)0.08%$15,980.01.90%-0.19%3.62%4.64%
Schwab Short-Term U.S. Treasury ETF (SCHO)0.08%$470.70.06%0.24%0.72%N/A

Assets as of Feb. 28; performance-related figures as of March 28. Excludes leveraged and inverse funds, and exchange-traded notes. Ranking based on unrounded figures. Three- and five-year returns are annualized. N/A = not available (fund has been in operation for less than the stated period). *Most recently reported net prospectus expense ratio. Source: Lipper, a Thomson Reuters company