NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- To attract nervous investors, fund companies have been introducing low-volatility ETFs, which can provide protection in downturns. Recently the funds have been delivering winning results. While the S&P 500 lost 3.7% in the past month, PowerShares S&P 500 Low Volatility (SPLV) gained 0.2%. Over the past 12 months, the PowerShares fund returned 11.7%, outdoing the benchmark by 7 percentage points.Other funds that provided some cushioning in recent downturns include Russell 1000 Low Volatility (LVOL), Russell 2000 Low Volatility (SLVY), and iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Minimum Volatility (EEMV). If the markets remain jumpy this summer, as many analysts expect, the low-volatility funds could continue outpacing the benchmarks.
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