Anyway, back to the topic at hand, here's a list of their top ETF by return.
The top ETF, VNQI, the ex-US Real Estate aboslutely crushed everything with a year to date return of 37%. That's pretty incredible. The next 3 are the Consumer Discretionary (surprising considering the weakness in consumer demand) at 24.7%, Financials (after a dismal last couple years, reversion to the mean is helping) at 24%, and Health Care at 22%.
What's interesting to look at in my opinion is the various assets that are somewhat related to each other and people usually ask about in terms of allocation:
By Market Caps YTD:
- S&P 500 - 15.18%
- Large Cap - 15.26%
- Mid Cap - 13.82%
- Small Cap - 14.97%
The general investing advice I've always seen has emphasized small caps for disproportionate growth. While this year large cap has beaten both small and mid, if you look at the 5 year annualized return, small cap did beat mid and large, 4.37% vs 3.38% and 1.58% respectively.
Nevertheless, this year, the top performer are large caps, though by a relatively small margin.
You can find the entire list at: Vanguard ETFs