Hello, I'm learning about ETFs. They seem like a great way to get efficient diversification. I know the SPY and the Russell 2000. The other ones I'm just getting to know. It pretty much consists of "wow, I'd like to buy that one, and that one, and that one...". Especially those iShares ETFs... jeez! It's like being in a stock candy store. Is there a good starter set of equity ETFs? If you had to pick 4 that should be in just about everyone's portfolio, what would they be? The collection aspect is interesting, because it could be the 4 of them working together that provide some sort of synergy. I'm thinking maybe something like: 1) S&P 500 2) Russell 2000 3) The ishares EFA, which has "exposure to a broad range of companies in Europe, Australia, Asia, and the Far East" 4) some sort of Europe ETF But other than the S&P 500 and Russell 2000, I'm not sure which ones are standard for everybody's collection. I understand there are over 1000 different ETF's you can buy. But I'm wondering what the most standard ones are. Maybe there is no such thing? I learned today that the XLF is the most standard financial ETF. I like the idea of knowing what the standard ones are. Then I know if I'm being normal or eccentric.