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Below are the 20 hottest ETFs (excluding leveraged funds) at the end of August, based on the 6 month performance. Data excludes leveraged ETFs and the data source is FINVIZ.com. The theme? Financials, unlike last month which featured China as a staple. A link is available on the right hand side of Scott's Investments with this data updated monthly.

Please note that with anything I write I'm not recommending the purchase of any particular security. This is especially true here - there is no trading strategy I am advocating with this list. However, it is helpful in determining where market trends and momentum exist. For one potential strategy utilized by portfolio123.com and backtested by Fidelity, investors who purchased the top performing ETFs based on 60 day returns did quite well (click here to read the full results). For more detailed momentum strategies, visit my blog or pick up a copy of Mebane Faber's The Ivy Portfolio: How to Invest Like the Top Endowments and Avoid Bear Markets. Now, the list:

Ticker Company Performance (Quarter) Half Year Year 200-Day SMA Price
RZV Rydex S&P SmallCap 600 Pure Value 25.70% 198.68% 4.57% 56.40% 31.6
IDX Market Vectors Indonesia ETF 17.76% 150.85% 43.44% 52.98
KOL Market Vectors Coal ETF 8.89% 142.92% -39.11% 48.37% 27.45
PGF PowerShares Financial Preferred 7.18% 142.53% -12.24% 25.37% 14.77
RWW RevenueShares Financials Sector 23.21% 139.23% 40.74% 28.33
TUR iShares MSCI Turkey Invest Mkt Index 32.85% 138.12% -4.14% 59.86% 48.41
RPV Rydex S&P 500 Pure Value 19.64% 132.33% -10.98% 42.08% 21.56
RFV Rydex S&P Midcap 400 Pure Value 23.46% 131.49% -11.43% 43.72% 25.58
KIE SPDR KBW Insurance 23.59% 125.72% -17.08% 42.04% 35.1
RYF Rydex S&P Equal Weight Financials 18.10% 122.91% -26.67% 36.48% 22.38
PKOL PowerShares Global Coal 4.03% 119.84% 42.68% 22.69
IXG iShares S&P Global Financials 18.53% 119.17% -20.49% 38.01% 45.74
DRF WisdomTree International Financial 18.25% 118.38% -14.92% 41.01% 15.68
PFF iShares S&P U.S. Preferred Stock Index 9.39% 118.10% 1.17% 28.22% 34.7
CUT Claymore/Beacon Global Timber Index 10.03% 116.77% -7.94% 39.17% 16.63
IPF SPDR S&P International Financial Sector 17.00% 115.16% -10.61% 39.43% 20.72
KBE SPDR KBW Bank 29.43% 114.10% -26.19% 32.61% 23.53
PSP PowerShares Listed Private Equity 17.98% 113.83% -49.68% 27.62% 8.66
INP iPath MSCI India Index ETN 1.44% 113.70% -3.31% 39.16% 52.89
XLF Financial Select Sector SPDR 21.49% 113.66% -28.61% 33.73% 14.7

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