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126% in 12 months: The best investments last COVID-19 outbreak

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Here are the best ETF investments from the last 12 months based on returns. (Source: Getty)

The Omicron variant is spooking markets. Global shares have seen swings of volatility as more information comes out about the newest COVID-19 threat.

But whenever markets swing, there are still winners and losers. And, while there are still many questions about how the Omicron variant may affect us, let's take a look back at which investments performed the best during the Delta lockdowns.

Interestingly, financial-centric exchange traded funds (ETFs) and energy (green or not) seemed to dominate the list.

Here are the 10 best-performing Aussie ETFs from the past 12 months, according to Finder.

1. BetaShares Crude Oil ETF

The BetaShares Crude Oil ETF (ASX: OOO) saw a 126.7 per cent return over the 12 months to November.

The ETF has an annual fee of 1.29 per cent. So, had you invested $100 in November 2020, it would be worth around $226.7 now (minus fees).

2. BetaShares Geared US Equity Fund

The Betashares Geared US Equity Fund (ASX: GGUS) gave investors a 108.89 per cent return over the past 12 months.

A $100 investment in it would be worth around $208.89 today, with a fee of 0.8 per cent.

3. ETFS Ultra Long Nasdaq 100 Hedge Fund

The ETFS Ultra Long Nasdaq fund (ASX: LNAS) saw a return of 104.72 per cent for the year to November.

A $100 investment would be worth around $204.72 today, minus a fee of 1 per cent.

4. BetaShares Global Energy Companies ETF

The BetaShares Global Energy Companies ETF (ASX: FUEL) gave investors a 79.28 per cent return over the past year.

It has a fee of 0.57 per cent. A $100 investment would be worth around $179.28 today.

5. BetaShares Geared Australian Equity Fund

BetaShares makes the top 10 list again with its Geared Australian Equity Fund (ASX: GEAR).

This fund saw a return of 68.26 per cent, with a fee of 0.8 per cent.

A $100 investment in November last year would be worth around $168.26 now, minus fees.

6. BetaShares Global Banks ETF

The BetaShares Global Banks ETF (ASX: BNKS) saw a return of 66.07 per cent for the year to November 2021.

Having invested $100 last year, it would be worth around $166.07 now, minus a fee of 0.57 per cent.

7. VanEck Australian Banks ETF

VanEck makes its way onto the list with its Australian Banks ETF (ASX: MVB). This fund saw a return of 58.46 per cent in the 12 months since November 2020.

A $100 investment would be worth around $158.46 today, minus a fee of 0.28 per cent.

8. ETFS Battery Tech & Lithium ETF

The hugely popular ETFS Battery Tech & Lithium ETF (ASX: ACDC) saw a return of 54.18 per cent in the past 12 months.

A $100 investment made in November 2020 would be worth around $154.18 now with a fee of 0.69 per cent.

9. Vanguard Global Value Equity Active ETF

The Vanguard Global Value Equity fund (ASX: VVLU) has given investors a return of 51.64 per cent since November last year.

It has a fee of 0.29 per cent. A $100 investment 12 months ago would be worth around $154.64 today.

10. BetaShares Financial Sector ETF

Finally, at number 10, we have the BetaShares Financial Sector ETF (ASX: QFN) which gave a return of 51.13 per cent for the year to November 2021.

This fund has a fee of 0.34 per cent. A $100 investment 12 months ago would be worth around $151.13 now.

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