15 Most Actively Traded ETFs

March 20, 2019

Dollar Volume

Of course, simply measuring the volume of shares that trade hands for a particular ETF doesn't tell the whole story. All else equal, cheaper-priced funds tend to have more shares traded because investors can simply buy more for a given amount of money.

Dollar volume—which measures the number of shares traded multiplied by the share price—gives a more complete view of how much money is exchanging hands in a security.

At the top of the list, the picture doesn’t change with this new measure. SPY is still top dog, with $20.8 billion worth of shares trading hands each day. QQQ, IWM, EEM are also close to the top, with more than $3 billion worth of shares traded daily.

Impressively, FXI also makes the cut for this list, with almost $1.3 billion worth of shares trading each day despite only having $6.3 billion in assets.

The iShares MSCI Brazil ETF (EWZ) and the VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX), with dollar volumes of more than $1 billion each, are also punching far above their weight, thanks to strong popularity with traders.


Top 15 Dollar-Volume Leaders

Ticker Fund 30-Day Avg Dollar Volume
SPY SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust 20,706,721,382
QQQ  Invesco QQQ Trust 5,188,346,343
EEM  iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF 3,049,347,252
IWM  iShares Russell 2000 ETF 3,029,539,409
HYG  iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF 1,641,843,996
EFA iShares MSCI EAFE ETF 1,523,756,644
FXI  iShares China Large-Cap ETF 1,266,633,389
XLF  Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund 1,236,069,357
EWZ  iShares MSCI Brazil ETF 1,190,254,156
IVV  iShares Core S&P 500 ETF 1,120,904,372
GDX  VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF 1,034,360,072
LQD  iShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF 975,545,502
GLD  SPDR Gold Trust 964,040,193
XLI  Industrial Select Sector SPDR Fund 929,890,771
DIA SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF Trust 928,141,695


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