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These exchange-traded funds invest in U.S. companies with middling market capitalizations.

The cost-efficiency winner in this category is Vanguard Extended Market (VXF), which aims to track the entirety of the public U.S. company market minus the S&amp;P 500. There are many itty-bitty companies in this universe, but enough midsized ones like Tesla and Twitter to make VXF more like a mid-cap than a small-cap portfolio.

More than a few of the 3,260 companies in VXF are sketchy-looking, at least to short-sellers, and Vanguard rakes in extra income by lending them the shares to short. The securities lending revenue, which goes to the fund’s shareholders, is more than Vanguard’s fee for running the operation. That’s how the fund ends up with a negative cost.

You can buy a either a widely diversified portfolio or one that leans to growth companies or to value companies. The mid-cap grouping includes four Best ETF Honor Roll funds.

Best ETFs: Mid-Cap Stocks

Diversified

&nbsp;Ticker &nbsp;Exchange-Traded Fund Holding Cost1 Liquidity Score2 Assets ($bil)
VXF Vanguard Extended Market* -$28 A 6.0
SPMD SPDR Portfolio Mid Cap* 16 B 0.6
SCHM Schwab US Mid-Cap 53 A 4.4
IJH iShares Core S&amp;P Mid-Cap 56 A 45.5
VO Vanguard Mid-Cap 78 A 22.5
IVOO Vanguard S&amp;P Mid-Cap 400 229 B 0.9
IWR iShares Russell Mid-Cap 294 A 17.1
MDY SPDR S&amp;P MidCap 400 389 A+ 20.0
JKG iShares Morningstar Mid-Cap 400 B 0.8
JPME JPMorgan Divers Ret US Mid Cp Eq 408 C 0.1

Growth stocks

VOT Vanguard Mid-Cap Growth*
110 B 5.3
MDYG SPDR S&amp;P 400 Mid Cap Growth 226 B 1.1
IVOG Vanguard S&amp;P Mid-Cap 400 Growth 326 B 1.0
IWP iShares Russell Mid-Cap Growth 357 A 8.6
IJK iShares S&amp;P Mid-Cap 400 Growth 376 B 7.8
JKH iShares Morningstar Mid-Cap Growth 419 C 0.3
RFG Invesco&nbsp;S&amp;P MidCap 400 Pure Gr 586 C 0.6
PXMG Invesco&nbsp; Russell Midcap Pure Gr 597 D 0.1

Value stocks

VOE Vanguard Mid-Cap Value*
116 A 8.5
MDYV SPDR S&amp;P 400 Mid Cap Value 193 B 0.7
IVOV Vanguard S&amp;P Mid-Cap 400 Value 316 C 0.7
IJJ iShares S&amp;P Mid-Cap 400 Value 325 B 5.7
IWS iShares Russell Mid-Cap Value 384 A 10.4
JKI iShares Morningstar Mid-Cap Value 469 B 0.4
PXMV Invesco&nbsp;Russell Midcap Pure Val 574 D 0.05

*Best ETFs Honor Roll Member

1 Cumulative cost of holding a $10,000 position for a decade. Incorporates annual expense ratio, bid/ask spreads and cost offset from securities lending. 2Reflects bid/ask spreads and trading volume. A = easy to trade.

Data sources: Morningstar; Bloomberg; fund distributors.

Best ETFs: How we rated 737 funds

Best ETFs: Large-Cap Stocks

Best ETFs: Small-Cap Stocks

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These exchange-traded funds invest in U.S. companies with middling market capitalizations.

The cost-efficiency winner in this category is Vanguard Extended Market (VXF), which aims to track the entirety of the public U.S. company market minus the S&P 500. There are many itty-bitty companies in this universe, but enough midsized ones like Tesla and Twitter to make VXF more like a mid-cap than a small-cap portfolio.

More than a few of the 3,260 companies in VXF are sketchy-looking, at least to short-sellers, and Vanguard rakes in extra income by lending them the shares to short. The securities lending revenue, which goes to the fund’s shareholders, is more than Vanguard’s fee for running the operation. That’s how the fund ends up with a negative cost.

You can buy a either a widely diversified portfolio or one that leans to growth companies or to value companies. The mid-cap grouping includes four Best ETF Honor Roll funds.

Best ETFs: Mid-Cap Stocks

Diversified

 Ticker  Exchange-Traded Fund Holding Cost1 Liquidity Score2 Assets ($bil)
VXF Vanguard Extended Market* -$28 A 6.0
SPMD SPDR Portfolio Mid Cap* 16 B 0.6
SCHM Schwab US Mid-Cap 53 A 4.4
IJH iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap 56 A 45.5
VO Vanguard Mid-Cap 78 A 22.5
IVOO Vanguard S&P Mid-Cap 400 229 B 0.9
IWR iShares Russell Mid-Cap 294 A 17.1
MDY SPDR S&P MidCap 400 389 A+ 20.0
JKG iShares Morningstar Mid-Cap 400 B 0.8
JPME JPMorgan Divers Ret US Mid Cp Eq 408 C 0.1

Growth stocks

VOT Vanguard Mid-Cap Growth*
110 B 5.3
MDYG SPDR S&P 400 Mid Cap Growth 226 B 1.1
IVOG Vanguard S&P Mid-Cap 400 Growth 326 B 1.0
IWP iShares Russell Mid-Cap Growth 357 A 8.6
IJK iShares S&P Mid-Cap 400 Growth 376 B 7.8
JKH iShares Morningstar Mid-Cap Growth 419 C 0.3
RFG Invesco S&P MidCap 400 Pure Gr 586 C 0.6
PXMG Invesco  Russell Midcap Pure Gr 597 D 0.1

Value stocks

VOE Vanguard Mid-Cap Value*
116 A 8.5
MDYV SPDR S&P 400 Mid Cap Value 193 B 0.7
IVOV Vanguard S&P Mid-Cap 400 Value 316 C 0.7
IJJ iShares S&P Mid-Cap 400 Value 325 B 5.7
IWS iShares Russell Mid-Cap Value 384 A 10.4
JKI iShares Morningstar Mid-Cap Value 469 B 0.4
PXMV Invesco Russell Midcap Pure Val 574 D 0.05

*Best ETFs Honor Roll Member

1 Cumulative cost of holding a $10,000 position for a decade. Incorporates annual expense ratio, bid/ask spreads and cost offset from securities lending. 2Reflects bid/ask spreads and trading volume. A = easy to trade.

Data sources: Morningstar; Bloomberg; fund distributors.

Best ETFs: How we rated 737 funds

Best ETFs: Large-Cap Stocks

Best ETFs: Small-Cap Stocks

Originally published at Forbes

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