The 7 Best ETFs to Buy for 2016

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best-of-2015-2016-185Your best plays in what’s sure to be a volatile year ahead.

While U.S. markets have not done much of anything this year, 2015 will go down as another banner for the exchange-traded fund industry. In November, ETFs around the world added $28.2 billion in new assets, with the best ETFs coming in U.S. equity — they saw $21.4 billion of inflows, according to BlackRock data.

Yes, the largest ETF market is on pace for another year of record asset-gathering. And more than 200 new ETFs have come to market this year, confirming that the ETF business continues to experience exponential growth. Better yet, the quality of new products is improving as some rookie ETFs, with the appropriate seasoning, have the potential to become some real powerhouses.

Still, some ETFs are better than others.

With 2016 just around the bend, investors are (rightfully) looking to rethink and restock their portfolios — and that means hunting for the best ETFs to give a portfolio that right mix of potential and diversification. 

It’s not exactly easy to identify the best ETFs out there, considering that the markets are digesting a rate hike from the Federal Reserve. But we’ve done our homework and highlighted several funds that should lead investors forward in 2016.

……Here are the seven best ETFs to buy for 2016: