If you’re interested in investing in several stocks related to a specific theme or thesis about where the market is headed but don’t have the time to cherry-pick stocks and pile them into a unique portfolio yourself, then exchange-traded funds offer an ideal solution. Each ETF follows a grouping of stocks related to a specific concept, and, therefore, removes much of the pressure from investors to make superb tactical decisions.
That’s not to say, however, that all ETFs are created equal. And here at InvestorPlace, we had several of our experts choose what they think might be the best ETFs for 2019.
So far, the race for first place in InvestorPlace’s Best ETFs of 2019 contest has been fairly tight with three core themes battling it out for supremacy: Vince Martin’s home construction play, James Brumley’s water focused fund and my own 5G real estate pick have all been at the top of the heap for most of the first half of 2019. On the other hand, some of the other themes, such as emerging markets, have had a much more difficult time rising to the top thanks to trade war headlines and other concerns.
But whatever the case may be, there’s still plenty of time for any of the downtrodden ETFs on this list to make it to the top and there’s always a chance that one of the main contenders could see a dramatic fall by the end of 2019.
With all of that said, here are InvestorPlace’s best ETFs of 2019, in ascending order of year-to-date gains through the end of June.
iShares U.S. Healthcare Providers ETF (IHF)
Investor: Todd Shriber
Expense Ratio: 0.43%, or $43 annually per $10,000 invested
Year-to-Date Gains Through Q2: 3%
Todd Shriber based his pick for the contest, the iShares U.S. Healthcare