With just two trading days left in 2019, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSE: SPY ), the world’s largest exchange traded fund, is higher by 29.19% this year, meaning the S&P 500 is on pace for its best annual performance since 1997. Specific to the ETF industry, there are more 2019 superlatives, including the ascent to over $4 trillion in combined assets under management in the U.S. and more than $6 trillion on a global basis. Roughly 240 exchange traded products, including ETFs and exchange traded notes (ETNs), debuted in the U.S. this year, boosting the domestic ETP population to over 2,400. That’s despite a massive number of closures, and an indicator the industry is continuing its maturation process . With stocks being strong this year, plenty of ETFs offered boffo performances. As our list below indicates, not all of the top performers were equity-based funds. To build this list, we screened for ETFs up at least 50% in 2019 and stripped out the leveraged products . The list turned up 75 ETPs that are up at least 50% this year, but when excluding leveraged funds, it dwindles to 17.