Best & Worst ETFs and Mutual Funds: Large Cap Blend Style

The Large Cap Blend style ranks first out of the twelve fund styles as detailed in my style rankings for ETFs and mutual funds. It gets my Neutral rating, which is based on aggregation of ratings of 39 ETFs and 1,046 mutual funds in the Large Cap Blend style as of October 12, 2012.

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4Q12 Best & Worst ETFs & Mutual Funds – by Style – Preview

We continue the 4Q12 Sector series with our Investment tyle Rankings report, which details the best styles for finding quality ETFs and mutual funds.

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Rating Breakdown: Best & Worst ETFs & Mutual Funds by Style

This report identifies the “best” ETFs and mutual funds based on the quality of their holdings and their costs for each style.

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Investment Style Rankings For ETFs & Mutual Funds

None of the fund styles earn a rating better than Neutral. See Figure 1 for my rankings on all twelve investment styles. My style ratings are based on the aggregation of my fund ratings for every ETF and mutual fund in each style.

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4Q Best & Worst ETFs & Mutual Funds – by Sector – Recap

This post provides quick access to all 14 reports we published on the Best & Worst ETFs and Mutual Funds by sector.

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Best & Worst ETFs & Mutual Funds: Financials Sector

The Financials sector ranks last out of the ten sectors as detailed in my sector rankings for ETFs and mutual funds. It is the only sector to get my Very Dangerous rating, which is based on aggregation of ratings of 46 ETFs and 232 mutual funds in the Financials sector as of October 11, 2012.

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Best & Worst ETFs & Mutual Funds: Utilities Sector

The Utilities sector ranks ninth out of the ten sectors as detailed in my sector rankings for ETFs and mutual funds. It gets my Dangerous rating, which is based on aggregation of ratings of eight ETFs and 40 mutual funds in the Utilities sector as of October 11, 2012.

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Best & Worst ETFs & Mutual Funds: Telecom Sector

The Telecom sector ranks eighth out of the ten sectors as detailed in my Sector Rankings for ETFs and Mutual Funds. It gets my Dangerous rating, which is based on aggregation of ratings of 4 ETFs and 13 mutual funds in the Telecom sector as of October 11, 2012.

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Best & Worst ETFs & Mutual Funds: Consumer Discretionary Sector

The Consumer Discretionary sector ranks seventh out of the ten sectors as detailed in my Sector Rankings for ETFs and Mutual Funds. It gets my Neutral rating, which is based on aggregation of ratings of 17 ETFs and 27 mutual funds in the Consumer Discretionary sector as of October 10, 2012.

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Best & Worst ETFs & Mutual Funds: Materials Sector

The Materials sector ranks sixth out of the ten sectors as detailed in my sector rankings for ETFs and mutual funds. It gets my Neutral rating, which is based on aggregation of ratings of 10 ETFs and 15 mutual funds in the Materials sector as of October 9, 2012.

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Best & Worst ETFs & Mutual Funds: Energy Sector

The Energy sector ranks fifth out of the ten sectors as detailed in my sector rankings for ETFs and mutual funds. It gets my Neutral rating, which is based on aggregation of ratings of 20 ETFs and 79 mutual funds in the Energy sector as of October 10, 2012.

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Best & Worst ETFs & Mutual Funds: Industrials Sector

The Industrials sector ranks fourth out of the ten sectors as detailed in my sector rankings for ETFs and mutual funds. It gets my Neutral rating, which is based on an aggregation of the ratings of 16 ETFs and 18 mutual funds in the Industrials sector as of October 9, 2012.

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Best & Worst ETFs & Mutual Funds: Health Care Sector

The Health Care sector ranks third out of the ten sectors as detailed in my sector rankings for ETFs and mutual funds. It gets my Neutral rating, which is based on aggregation of ratings of 21 ETFs and 91 mutual funds in the Health Care sector as of October 9, 2012.

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Best & Worst ETFs & Mutual Funds: Information Technology Sector

The Information Technology sector ranks second out of the ten sectors as detailed in my sector rankings for ETFs and mutual funds. It gets my Neutral rating, which is based on aggregation of ratings of 27 ETFs and 146 mutual funds in the Information Technology sector as of October 9, 2012.

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Best & Worst ETFs & Mutual Funds: Consumer Staples Sector

The Consumer Staples sector ranks first out of the ten sectors as detailed in my sector rankings for ETFs and mutual funds. It gets my Attractive rating, which is based on an aggregation of the ratings of 9 ETFs and 9 mutual funds in the Consumer Staples sector as of October 9, 2012. Reports on the best & worst ETFs and mutual funds in every sector and style are here.

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How To Find the Best ETFs

This article explains how I determine the best ETFs in the 25 reports I publish each quarter on the Best & Worst ETFs and Mutual Funds Series by Sector and Style. Here is my 4Q Best & Worst preview. I follow these steps:

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4Q12 Best & Worst ETFs & Mutual Funds – by Sector – Preview

Each quarter, we provide the most comprehensive review of equity ETFs and mutual funds available. We review the Best & Worst ETFs and Mutual Funds by sector and style.

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Rating Breakdown: Best & Worst ETFs & Mutual Funds by Sector

This report focuses on my top picks and pans for all sector funds. I will follow this summary with a detailed report on each sector.

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Sector Rankings For ETFs & Mutual Funds

At the outset of the fourth quarter of 2012, only a single sector earns an attractive rating. My sector ratings are based on the aggregation of my fund ratings for every ETF and mutual fund in each sector.

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The Danger Zone Pick: 10/8/12

Check out my latest Danger Zone interview with Chuck Jaffe of MarketWatch.com.

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