Best, Worst ETFs in June - TheStreet

On a net asset growth level, natural gas and TIPS dominated the ETF universe throughout June, while a lagging Emerging Markets fund, as well as the SPDR Gold ETF, were hit hard.

US Natural Gas

(UNG) - Get Report

led the markets with $1.547 billion net growth. The next closest contender was

iShares Barclays TIPS

(TIP) - Get Report

, with a respectable growth of $958 million.

Other successful funds within June's market examination notably include:

SPDR Financial

(XLF) - Get Report

, up $437 million;

Vanguard MSCI Emerging Markets

(VWO) - Get Report

, up $726 million;

PowerShares QQQ


, up $666 million;

SPDR Retail

(XRT) - Get Report

, up $642 million;

SPDR Index 500

(SPY) - Get Report

, up 602 million;

iShares FTSE/XINHUA China 25

(FXI) - Get Report

up $597 million;

iShares S&P 500

(IVV) - Get Report

up $585 million; and

iShares iBoxx Corp Bond (LQD) - Get Report

, up $535 million.

On the other end of the ETF spectrum, June was an extremely harsh month for several funds. Down a devastating $2.344 billion is

iShares MSCI-Emerging Markets

(EEM) - Get Report

, losing out to the dominant

Vanguard MSCI Emerging Markets

(VWO) - Get Report


Other June losers include

SPDR Equity Gold

(GLD) - Get Report

, down $1.422 billion;

Vanguard MSCI MidCap

(VO) - Get Report

, down $831 million;


(EFA) - Get Report

, down $810 million; and

US Oil Fund

(USO) - Get Report

, down $500 million.

Overall, June was an extremely volatile month, ranging from soaring gains due to fund inflows (a la UNG), to punishing outflows (as with EEM). Overall the lack of volatility meant that the funds seeing the largest changes in net assets, in both directions, were often the ones with the largest fund flows. An exception was FXI, where more than half the gains came from price appreciation.

At the time of publication, Dion owned QQQQ, TIP and IVV.

Don Dion is the publisher of the Fidelity Independent Adviser family of newsletters, which provides to a broad range of investors his commentary on the financial markets, with a specific emphasis on mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. With more than 100,000 subscribers in the U.S. and 29 other countries, Fidelity Independent Adviser publishes six monthly newsletters and three weekly newsletters. Its flagship publication, Fidelity Independent Adviser, has been published monthly for 11 years and reaches 40,000 subscribers.

Dion is also president and founder of Dion Money Management, a fee-based investment advisory firm to affluent individuals, families and nonprofit organizations, where he is responsible for setting investment policy, creating custom portfolios and overseeing the performance of client accounts. Founded in 1996 and based in Williamstown, Mass., Dion Money Management manages assets for clients in 49 states and 11 countries. Dion is a licensed attorney in Massachusetts and Maine and has more than 25 years' experience working in the financial markets, having founded and run two publicly traded companies before establishing Dion Money Management.