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 170 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Commodities ETFs gather total assets under management of $72.06B. The average expense ratio is 0.87%. Commodities ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

  • Commodities

The largest Commodities ETF is the SPDR Gold Trust GLD with $35.84B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Commodities ETF was the GRN at 180.37%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Commodities space was the GraniteShares Platinum Trust PLTM in 01/22/18.


GRNiPath Global Carbon ETN32.62%
UBRTAxelaTrader 3x Long Brent Crude Oil ETN25.96%
WTIUUBS ETRACS - ProShares Daily 3x Long Crude ETN22.13%
OILUProShares UltraPro 3x Crude Oil ETF21.59%
UWTVelocityShares 3x Long Crude Oil ETN20.90%


DBRTAxelaTrader 3x Inverse Brent Crude Oil ETN-23.98%
DWTVelocityShares 3x Inverse Crude Oil ETN-21.16%
WTIDUBS ETRACS - ProShares Daily 3x Inverse Crude ETN-20.28%
USODUnited States 3x Short Oil Fund-19.19%
SCOProShares UltraShort Bloomberg Crude Oil-14.43%

top creations

UGAZVelocityShares 3X Long Natural Gas ETN438.49
IAUiShares Gold Trust203.73
DBCPowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund169.72
PDBCPowerShares Optimum Yield Diversified Commodity Strategy No K-1 Portfolio114.84
DBOPowerShares DB Oil Fund104.47

top redemptions

DGAZVelocityShares 3X Inverse Natural Gas ETN-455.64
GLDSPDR Gold Trust-424.58
DWTVelocityShares 3x Inverse Crude Oil ETN-95.76
UCOProShares Ultra Bloomberg Crude Oil-63.26
SCOProShares UltraShort Bloomberg Crude Oil-59.20


GRNiPath Global Carbon ETN65.98%
KOLDProShares UltraShort Bloomberg Natural Gas56.81%
UWTVelocityShares 3x Long Crude Oil ETN40.98%
CTNNiPath Pure Beta Cotton ETN36.21%
SOYBTeucrium Soybean Fund30.70%


OLEMiPath Pure Beta Crude Oil ETN-89.44%
LSTKiPath Pure Beta Livestock ETN-48.27%
WTIDUBS ETRACS - ProShares Daily 3x Inverse Crude ETN-37.54%
PLTMGraniteShares Platinum Trust-36.22%
UCIBETRACS CMCI Total Return ETN Series B-34.14%

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