Jeff Reeves’s Strength in Numbers: These are the seven stupidest ETFs on the planet

Exchange-traded funds are all the rage, and for good reason. Research shows that low-cost, long-term investing via index funds can be a massively powerful way to grow your nest egg and reduce expensive mistakes and management fees.

But as investors pile into ETFs, with some $242 billion flowing into U.S.-listed funds last year and thousands of options to pick from, there are plenty of bad apples in the barrel, too.

A whopping 178 ETFs and exchange-traded notes have launched in 2016, according to ETF.com. These include vanilla funds that would be seen as traditional passive investments, but also some wacky new offerings that don’t make much sense.

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