Tracking the Best ETFs in May

Sell in May and go away? Well, that wasn???t very good advice this year, especially if you were allocated to emerging markets and, in particular, India and Russia.

The table below shows the top-performing exchange-traded funds (ETFs) during May (excluding leveraged funds). As you can see, the list is dominated by India, with returns of more than 22% in the top three India-centric funds.

Ticker Name Return Assets (in $millions)
SCIN India Small Cap ETF 23.53% 20.40
SCIF India Small-Cap Index ETF 23.12% 110.35
INXX India Infrastructure ETF 22.72% 16.50
SMIN MSCI India Small Cap Index Fund 18.83% 5.37
RSXJ Market Vectors Russia Small-Cap ETF 15.08% 16.19
ERUS iShares MSCI Russia Capped ETF 13.53% 388.08
RBL SPDR S&P Russia ETF 12.88% 33.36
RSX Market Vectors Russia ETF 12.61% 1,187.90
EPI India Earnings Fund 11.87% 1,022.03
INCO India Consumer ETF 11.13% 4.47

The gains were so good in the small-cap segment of the Indian market that we were able to close out a profit of nearly 27% in the India Small-Cap Index ETF (SCIF) in the Successful ETF Investing newsletter advisory service. Moreover, we captured that gain in just three weeks to serve as a testament to very good timing, as well as the power of country-specific ETFs in hot sectors.

Read more about tracking the best ETFs in May at Eagle Daily Investor.