Commodities: Energy Natural Gas
With 4 ETFs and over $434.97M in combined AUM, the Commodities: Energy Natural Gas segment provides exposure to the Global space with a focus on Natural Gas securities.
Year-to-date, the best-performing ETF in the segment is the iPath Series B Bloomberg Natural Gas Subindex Total Return ETN (GAZB), with a total return of 4.13%. Meanwhile, the most popular ETF is the United States Natural Gas Fund LP (UNG) with $424.08MB in assets under management.
Investors should take a look at the United States Natural Gas Fund LP (UNG). This fund has been chosen as an Analyst Pick by FactSet, thus is the best ETF for the average investor. The United States Natural Gas Fund holds near-month futures contracts in natural gas and swaps on natural gas. UNG has an expense ratio of 1.09% and tracks the Front Month Natural Gas.
ETF.com Efficiency Insight
The average efficiency score in the Commodities: Energy Natural Gas segment is 62 out of 100, with the United States Natural Gas Fund LP(UNG) obtaining the highest rating of 76 out of 100.
Costs dominate the discussion around efficiency. ETFs in the segment have an average expense ratio of 0.82% per year, with the iPath Series B Bloomberg Natural Gas Subindex Total Return ETN (GAZB) having the lowest expense ratio, charging investors 0.45% yearly.
Investors should look for funds with tight tracking, such as the iPath Seasonal Natural Gas ETN (DCNG), with a 12-month median tracking difference of -0.60%.
ETF.com Tradability Insight
The average tradability score in the Commodities: Energy Natural Gas segment is 68 out of 100, with the United States Natural Gas Fund LP(UNG) obtaining the highest rating of 95 out of 100.
The United States Natural Gas Fund LP (UNG) is the undisputed segment leader when it comes to liquidity. The fund trades 128.58M in daily average volume. Investors should also find ample liquidity in the United States 12 Month Natural Gas Fund LP (UNL), with $65.90K in daily dollar volume.
Use limit orders to trade funds such as the iPath Seasonal Natural Gas ETN(DCNG), due to their double-digit market spreads.
ETF.com Fit Insight
The S&P GSCI Natural Gas 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 UNG. 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, DCNG follows a Extended Term strategy and obtains a low Fit score compared with our neutral benchmark.