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Ten Best ETFs Go 'Round the World

The 10 best-rated exchange traded funds include those in almost every category.

TSC Ratings provides exclusive stock, ETF and mutual fund ratings and commentary based on award-winning, proprietary tools. Its "safety first" approach to investing aims to reduce risk while seeking solid outperformance on a total return basis.

The 10 top-rated equity exchange traded funds underscore the diversity of the rebound that started almost three months ago.

The ETFs in the accompanying table, gathered from a review by Ratings, include five retail funds. Among them are the

PowerShares Dynamic Food & Beverages

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Rydex S&P Equal Weighted Consumer Discretionary ETF

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A broad-based consumer ETF received the best rating. The


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sports the best year-to-date and 12-month performances, with returns of 36% and negative 14%, respectively. Recent holdings include

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CVS Caremark

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There are also a technology fund and three international funds. Geographically, they include an Asian ETF, a South American number and the

iShares Global Telecom Fund

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, which casts investment nets internationally as well as domestically.

Rounding out the equity funds is the

Claymore/Sabrient Insider ETF

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, whose portfolio consists of companies whose officers and directors have been acquiring shares. Recent major holdings include


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PNC Financial

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Deluxe Corp.

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The list of top-rated fixed-income ETFs contains three muni bond funds and seven that invest either in Treasury securities or government-backed issues. All maturities are covered, with the top two on the list being short-term muni funds followed by an intermediate Treasury and then a longer-term Treasury fund.

The roster of the top five commodity and currency ETFs includes two that track precious metals and three currency funds. Geographic diversity is available in the currency ETFs, with a U.S. dollar fund, a euro ETF and one that follows the Chinese renminbi.

Richard Widows is a senior financial analyst for Ratings. Prior to joining, Widows was senior product manager for quantitative analytics at Thomson Financial. After receiving an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University in California, his career included development of investment information systems at data firms, including the Lipper division of Reuters. His international experience includes assignments in the U.K. and East Asia.