The Russell 2000 tracks the performance of 2000 U.S.-based small-cap stocks.
It is arguably the most popular small-cap index.
That’s not altogether surprising considering that it was established way back in 1984 — it had a bit of a head start.
Whether you are looking for a straightforward, low-cost option to track the Russell 2000 or a variation thereof, simply scroll down to see several live lists detailing your options.
Russell 2000 Index ETFs
The most popular type of Russell 2000 ETF is one that simply tracks the Russell 2000 directly.
Since these ETFs are relatively straightforward and easy to manage, they tend to have low expense ratios (e.g., 0.10%).
To get a sense of how Russell 2000 index ETFs have been performing over the recent past, the following is a one-year price chart of iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM).
To get a one-year price chart (plus a whole host of additional insightful charts) on any Russell 2000 ETF, simply click on the ETF’s name.
Style-Based Russell 2000 ETFs
Another type of Russell 2000 ETF is style-based.
These ETFs filter out some Russell 2000 companies so that they can focus on a particular theme.
While it is easy to imagine multiple ways to filter 2000 stocks, the most common style-based approaches tend to be growth and value.
Inverse Russell 2000 ETFs
For investors who believe that the stock market is about to struggle, there is the option of inverse ETFs.
And just as is the case for other major stock market indices, the Russell 2000 also has inverse options.
So when the Russell 2000 is down 1% on the day, an inverse Russell 2000 ETF will be up 1%.
Leveraged Russell 2000 ETFs
The final type of Russell 2000 ETF is leveraged.
A leveraged Russell 2000 ETF tracks the small-cap index or its inverse with a certain multiple in performance.
For example, a 3x leveraged Russell 2000 ETF will gain 3% on the day if the Russell 2000 is up 1%.
But investor beware, just as a 3x leveraged ETF can accentuate gains, it can also do the same for losses.
For example, here is what an investor in the Direxion Small-Cap 3x ETF (TNA) has experienced in terms of daily volatility.
Notice how there are several occurrences greater than a 5% daily gain but also several that were less than a 5% daily loss.
Feel free to click on any ETF name to get its up-to-date volatility chart.
Russell 2000 ETFs FAQ
Do any ETFs track the Russell 2000?
Yes. There are 16 ETFs that would be classified as Russell 2000 ETFs.
Which Russell 2000 ETF has the lowest expense ratio?
The lowest cost Russell 2000 ETF is the Vanguard Russell 2000 ETF (VTWO). It has an expense ratio of 0.1%.
What is the largest Russell 2000 ETF?
The largest Russell 2000 ETF as measured by assets under management is the iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) with over $58 billion in assets.
What is the oldest Russell 2000 ETF?
iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) is the oldest Russell 2000 ETF. It was launched on May 22, 2000.
Are their any dividend paying Russell 2000 ETFs?
There are 12 Russell 2000 ETFs that pay a dividend. The largest dividend paying Russell 2000 ETF is the iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM).
Does Vanguard have a Russell 2000 ETF?
There are three Vanguard Russell 2000 ETFs. The largest is the Vanguard Russell 2000 ETF (VTWO).
Is there an iShares Russell 2000 ETF?
There are a total of three iShares Russell 2000 ETFs. The largest of these is the iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM).
Are there any 3x Russell 2000 ETFs?
There are two 3x Russell 2000 ETFs. The largest is Direxion Small-Cap 3x ETF (TNA).