For those interested, below we highlight the recent performance of key ETFs across all asset classes. For each ETF, we provide its performance over the last week, so far in March, and year to date.
As shown, all but three US equity ETFs declined this week. The Nasdaq 100 (NASDAQ:QQQ), Consumer Discretionary (NYSEARCA:XLY), and Financial (NYSEARCA:XLF) ETFs are the three that saw gains. Oil (NYSEARCA:USO), Gold (NYSEARCA:GLD), fixed income and non-dollar currency ETFs also saw gains.
International equity ETFs really got hit hard this week, with India (NYSEARCA:INP), Russia (NYSEARCA:RSX) and China (NYSEARCA:FXI) falling the most. In the US, Industrials (NYSEARCA:XLI) and Energy (NYSEARCA:XLE) fell the most.
So far this month, domestic stock related ETFs remain in the black, while quite a few other countries are in the red. China (FXI), Brazil (NYSEARCA:EWZ), Hong Kong (NYSEARCA:EWH) and even Canada (NYSEARCA:EWC) are all down month to date.
Finally, looking at year to date numbers, the Germany ETF (NYSEARCA:EWG) is up the most with a gain of 21.18%, followed closely by US Financials (XLF) at 21%. The Nasdaq 100 (QQQ) ranks third with a gain of 19.90%, while India (INP) ranks fourth at 19.48%. And should it even be noted that the natural gas (NYSEARCA:UNG) ETF is down the most in 2012 with a decline of 31%? We can't remember a time when natural gas wasn't the worst performing asset class on this list!