The top-performing ETFs in September are...

An ASX-listed ETF that tracks palladium metal delivered the best returns in September, while ETFs tracking small caps took a beating.

ETF Securities' Physical Palladium ETF (ETPMPD) returned close to 12% in September as the silvery-white metal's price rose.

At number two spot was the BetaShares WisdomeTree Japan ETF's currency hedged version (HJPN), which delivered close to 6% in the month.

ETPMPD and HJPN were followed by crude oil ASX-listed ETFs, as the BetaShares Crude Oil Index ETF currency hedged version (OOO) delivered in the 5-6% range in September.

At number four spot was another BetaShares ETF that tracks the S&P/ASX 200's resources sector (QRE) which delivered only slightly lower than BetaShares' crude oil ETF.

State Street's SPDR S&P/ASX200 resources fund (OZR) was the fifth-highest performing with returns similar to QRE.

The performance numbers were compiled by VanEck based on its data, and from the ASX and Morningstar. VanEck also looked at the worst ETF performers of the month.

BetaShares Geared Australian Equity Fund (GEAR) fell the most in September, delivering close to -4%.

Small caps ETFs from iShares and VanEck vectors (IJR, MVS) also dropped in the month. The VanEck Vectors MSCI Multifactor Emerging Markets Equity ETF (EMKT) returned about -3%.

Read more about how super funds are using ETFs in their portfolios and what's the latest in the fixed income space in ETFs in our print edition, out Monday.

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