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TOP 10 ENERGY ETFs

|Includes: FCG, FXN, IEZ, IXC, IYE, KOL, PXI, VDE, Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE), XOP

Our goal in this profile is to help investors wade through the many competing ETF offerings available. Using our long experience as an ETF publication, we can help select those ETFs that matter and may not be repetitive. The result is a more manageable list of issues from which to choose from.

There are nearly 30 ETFs oriented to the energy sector. The following analysis features a fair representation of ETFs available. We believe from these investors may choose an appropriate ETF to satisfy the best index-based offerings individuals and financial advisors may utilize.

ETFs are based on indexes tied to well-known index providers including Russell, S&P, Barclays, MSCI, Dow Jones and so forth. Also included are some so-called "enhanced" indexes that attempt to achieve better performance through more active management of the index.

The energy sector has remains volatile and politically controversial given the recent higher spikes in prices in 2008 and 2011. The U.S. hasn't had a coherent or effective energy policy since the Department of Energy was created by the Carter Administration. The bottom line: more bureaucrats than energy. Strong economic growth and supply scarcity add to the necessity to have exposure to the sector beyond alternative issues which we'll feature separately....

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