The Top 5 Emerging Markets ETFs of 2023

While technology led much of the stock market's gains, emerging markets weren't left in the dust in 2023.

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Top 5 Emerging Markets ETFs

During a year highlighted by the Magnificent Seven technology companies driving the performance of the broad market indexes, it was easy to overlook global markets. But as the following list illustrates, the emerging markets were not left in the dust in 2023.

 

Here are the 5 Best Performing Emerging Markets ETFs this year, through Dec. 26

RFEM

First Trust RiverFront Dynamic Emerging Markets ETF (RFEM) 

YTD performance: 19.47% 

3-year annualized: -0.67% 

Assets: $35 million 

Expense ratio: 0.95% 

Inception date : 6/14/2016 

EEMS

iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Small-Cap ETF (EEMS) 

YTD performance: 20.78% 

3-year annualized: 5.26% 

Assets: $348.1 million 

Expense ratio: 0.7% 

Inception date : 8/16/2011 

FRDM

 

Freedom 100 Emerging Market ETF (FRDM) 

YTD performance: 21.09% 

3-year annualized: 3.91% 

Assets: $751.8 million 

Expense ratio: 0.49% 

Inception date : 5/23/2019 

 

RNEM

 

First Trust Emerging Markets Equity Select ETF (RNEM) 

YTD performance: 21.38% 

3-year annualized: 5.26% 

Assets: $35.2 million 

Expense ratio: 0.75% 

Inception date: 6/20/2017 

 

EDIV

 

SPDR S&P Emerging Markets Dividend ETF (EDIV) 

YTD performance: 37.72% 

3-year annualized: 8.92% 

Assets: $342.5 million  

Expense ratio: 0.49% 

Inception date : 2/23/2011 

 

Jeff Benjamin is the wealth management editor at etf.com, responsible for coverage related to the financial planning industry. This includes writing, hosting podcasts, webinars, video interviews and presenting at in-person events.


Jeff is a veteran journalist with more than 30 years’ experience covering the financial markets. He has won more than two dozen national and regional awards for his reporting. He most recently worked as a senior columnist at InvestmentNews where he wrote about investment products and strategies, as well as the broader financial planning industry. Prior to that, Jeff worked as an analyst at Cerulli Associates where he researched and wrote reports on the alternative investments industry. Jeff also worked as a money management reporter at Dow Jones Newswires, where he covered the mutual fund industry.


Based in North Carolina, Jeff is a former Marine and has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.