6 of the Best Small-Cap ETFs To Buy Now

Small-cap ETFs are long-term outperformers – and should be on every investors' radar. Here are six we like.

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Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) continue to gain popularity among individual and institutional investors. Overall, the U.S. equity ETF market hit $6.3 trillion in assets under management last year, according to Morningstar. However, small-cap ETFs represented just a fraction of those several trillion. 

That's despite small-cap stocks having had a good year, with the S&P SmallCap 600 Index and the Russell 2000 Index up 16.1% and 16.9%, respectively. In many years, this kind of performance would be impressive. However, the S&P 500 Index had an even better total return (price change + dividends), gaining 26.3%.   

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Will Ashworth
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger.com

Will has written professionally for investment and finance publications in both the U.S. and Canada since 2004. A native of Toronto, Canada, his sole objective is to help people become better and more informed investors. Fascinated by how companies make money, he's a keen student of business history. Married and now living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, he's also got an interest in equity and debt crowdfunding.