U.S. Equity ETFs: The Best And Worst Of 2022


  • This article summarizes the performance of the entire U.S. equity market by examining 1Y, 3Y, 5Y, and 10Y returns for 850+ ETFs across 40 categories.
  • Major indices declined, but investing in Energy, High-Dividend, and Large-Cap Value ETFs softened the blow. Meanwhile, searching for the bottom in mega-cap growth and thematic ETFs didn't work.
  • This article also features median fundamentals for each major category, including volatility, valuation, growth, and profitability statistics as of December 31, 2022.
  • Markets still favor low-beta broad-based value ETFs with reasonable valuations. Profitability remains crucial, and I strongly recommend against speculating until market sentiment improves.
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This article aims to summarize the 2022 performance of U.S. equities by analyzing the returns and structure of over 850 ETFs across 40 categories. Specifically, I want to inform readers of the factors that contributed to their ETFs' success or demise and whether

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I perform independent fundamental analysis for over 850 U.S. Equity ETFs and aim to provide you with the most comprehensive ETF coverage on Seeking Alpha. My insights into how ETFs are constructed at the industry level are unique rather than surface-level reviews that’s standard on other investment platforms. My deep-dive articles always include a set of alternative funds, and I am active in the comments section and ready to answer your questions about the ETFs you own or are considering.

My qualifications include a Certificate in Advanced Investment Advice from the Canadian Securities Institute, the completion of all educational requirements for the Chartered Investment Manager (CIM) designation, and a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Accounting. In addition, I passed the CFA Level 1 Exam and am on track to become licensed to advise on options and derivatives in 2023. In November 2021, I became a contributor for the Hoya Capital Income Builder Marketplace Service and manage the "Active Equity ETF Model Portfolio", which as a total return objective. Sign up for a free trial today! Hoya Capital Income Builder.

Disclosure: I/we have a beneficial long position in the shares of SPY, SCHD, CDC, MSFT, BRK.B, KO either through stock ownership, options, or other derivatives. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

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