Commodities ETF Overview

Commodities are known as the raw materials for production processes. Investing in them provides investors with exposure to unique factors that historically have brought diversification and inflation hedging benefits to traditional portfolios. Nowadays, ETFs have expanded the availability of commodity investments providing exposure to single commodities and commodity-linked indexes. At the same time, ETFs have exposed investors to a new set of risk factors that may be unfamiliar to the average investor.

This channel is designed to help you understand commodity ETFs, how they work, how they are built, their risks and their rewards, so that you can decide if commodity ETFs deserve a place in your portfolio.

With 154 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Commodities ETFs gather total assets under management of $71.03B. The average expense ratio is 0.89%. Commodities ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

  • Commodities

The largest Commodities ETF is the SPDR Gold Trust GLD with $35.26B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Commodities ETF was the GRN at 65.69%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Commodities space was the AxelaTrader 3x Inverse Brent Crude Oil ETN DBRT in 09/14/17.


DYYDB Commodity Double Long ETN53.44%
UGAZVelocityShares 3X Long Natural Gas ETN47.99%
WTIUUBS ETRACS - ProShares Daily 3x Long Crude ETN37.43%
UWTVelocityShares 3x Long Crude Oil ETN37.09%
OILUProShares UltraPro 3x Crude Oil ETF37.02%


DGAZVelocityShares 3X Inverse Natural Gas ETN-42.54%
USODUnited States 3x Short Oil Fund-28.95%
OILDProShares UltraPro 3x Short Crude Oil ETF-28.49%
DWTVelocityShares 3x Inverse Crude Oil ETN-28.19%
WTIDUBS ETRACS - ProShares Daily 3x Inverse Crude ETN-28.06%

top creations

UGAZVelocityShares 3X Long Natural Gas ETN298.70
UNGUnited States Natural Gas Fund LP134.44
DJPiPath Bloomberg Commodity Index Total Return ETN109.34
IAUiShares Gold Trust88.02
PDBCPowerShares Optimum Yield Diversified Commodity Strategy No K-1 Portfolio39.69

top redemptions

USOUnited States Oil Fund LP-188.92
DBCPowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund-129.57
GLDSPDR Gold Trust-66.25
UWTVelocityShares 3x Long Crude Oil ETN-55.99
UCOProShares Ultra Bloomberg Crude Oil-48.82


COMBGraniteShares Bloomberg Commodity Broad Strategy No K-1 ETF26.40%
JJMiPath Bloomberg Industrial Metals Subindex Total Return ETN24.73%
UGAZVelocityShares 3X Long Natural Gas ETN17.88%
PDBCPowerShares Optimum Yield Diversified Commodity Strategy No K-1 Portfolio17.59%
JJNiPath Bloomberg Nickel Subindex Total Return ETN17.43%


LSTKiPath Pure Beta Livestock ETN-73.37%
FOILiPath Pure Beta Aluminum ETN-51.67%
DIRTiPath Pure Beta Agriculture ETN-50.23%
COMGGraniteShares S&P GSCI Commodity Broad Strategy No K-1 ETF-48.29%
LDiPath Bloomberg Lead Subindex Total Return ETN-46.69%

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