Commodities: Energy Crude Oil
With 12 ETFs and over $3.58B in combined AUM, the Commodities: Energy Crude Oil segment provides exposure to the Global space with a focus on Crude Oil securities.
Year-to-date, the best-performing ETF in the segment is the ETRACS S&P GSCI Crude Oil Total Return ETN (OILX), with a total return of 12.76%. Meanwhile, the most popular ETF is the United States Oil Fund LP (USO) with $2.06BB in assets under management.
Investors should take a look at the PowerShares DB Oil Fund (DBO). This fund has been chosen as an Analyst Pick by FactSet, thus is the best ETF for the average investor. The PowerShares DB Oil Fund tracks an index of crude oil futures contracts. It optimizes its contract selection based on the shape of the futures curve to minimize contango. DBO has an expense ratio of 0.78% and tracks the DBIQ Optimum Yield Crude Oil Index Total Return.
ETF.com Efficiency Insight
The average efficiency score in the Commodities: Energy Crude Oil segment is 68 out of 100, with the iPath Series B S&P GSCI Crude Oil ETN(OILB) obtaining the highest rating of 94 out of 100.
Costs dominate the discussion around efficiency. ETFs in the segment have an average expense ratio of 0.71% per year, with the iPath Series B S&P GSCI Crude Oil ETN (OILB) having the lowest expense ratio, charging investors 0.45% yearly.
Investors should look for funds with tight tracking, such as the iPath Pure Beta Crude Oil ETN (OLEM), with a 12-month median tracking difference of -0.48%.
ETF.com Tradability Insight
The average tradability score in the Commodities: Energy Crude Oil segment is 67 out of 100, with the PowerShares DB Oil Fund(DBO) obtaining the highest rating of 97 out of 100.
The United States Oil Fund LP (USO) is the undisputed segment leader when it comes to liquidity. The fund trades 149.59M in daily average volume. Investors should also find ample liquidity in the iPath S&P GSCI Crude Oil Total Return ETN (OIL), with $11.69M in daily dollar volume.
Use limit orders to trade funds such as the DB Crude Oil Long ETN(OLO), due to their double-digit market spreads.
ETF.com Fit Insight
The S&P GSCI Crude Oil Index has been selected as the index that most accurately represents the market in question. The benchmark has been selected by the ETF Analytics team at FactSet, according to a series of guidelines to ensure this index accurately captures its market.
Investors trying to match a broad market exposure should pay attention to USO. This fund obtains a high Fit score and investors should capture market-like returns.
Other funds diverge from the market, by nature of their investment mandates; for example, USL follows a Laddered strategy and obtains a low Fit score compared with our neutral benchmark.