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15 Great ETFs for a Prosperous 2018

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How do you follow up a performance like what the market did in 2017? That’s the question most investors are asking after last year’s breakneck 25% run in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Fortunately for bulls, history and the economic climate are on Wall Street’s side – and thus most of the best ETFs to buy for 2018 will center around remaining on offense.

Investors fearing a letdown following last year's breathtaking run should take heart. Prior to 2017, the Dow had improved by 25% or more nine times since 1950, according to LPL Financial’s Ryan Detrick. The market finished higher the subsequent year in all but one of those instances – and six times, the DJIA even pushed out another double-digit gain.

Economic tailwinds couldn’t be more favorable, either. Kiplinger’s is forecasting GDP growth of 2.6% in 2018, up from a 2.2% pace in 2017. Moreover, the Republicans’ tax overhaul – including a massive corporate tax-rate cut from 35% to 21%, as well as a one-time low repatriation rate on cash held overseas – has set the stage for a big year for businesses, including the potential for job growth, buyouts, massive share buybacks and special dividends.

This environment bodes well for stocks of all stripes. However, investors can eliminate some of the guesswork (and risk of disappointing single-stock performances) by riding the broadly rising tide via exchange-traded funds. Here, we highlight the best ETFs to buy for 2018 – a collection of core funds, aggressive plays and even a couple of protective picks. You know. Just in case.

SEE ALSO: The 18 Best Stocks to Buy for 2018

Data is as of Jan. 1, 2018. Yields represent the trailing 12-month yield, which is a standard measure for equity funds. Click on ticker-symbol links in each slide for current share prices and more.

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