Commodity 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.

Commodity ETF University

Need to learn more about commodity ETFs? Check out our commodity ETF University articles to learn everything from the core principles to more advanced topics.  

Features and News

Dennis Gartman Likes This Under-The-Radar ETF

The Gartman Letter author discusses commodities and the macro environment affecting financial markets.

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Here’s How 4 Smart Beta Gold ETFs Are Performing

There are more ways to own gold than simply buying something like ‘GLD,’ but results vary.

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Why Nat Gas ETFs Are Quietly Surging

Natural gas prices have almost doubled from their lows.

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Why Gold ETFs Are Plunging

Gold sagged more than 3%, while gold miner ETFs dropped 9% earlier this week.

Features and News

Why OPEC Cuts Will Fail To Prop Up Oil ETFs

Last week's OPEC decision was all talk and no action.

ETF Report

 Oil ETFs Take Divergent Paths

Various oil-related fund exposures produce return dispersions.

ETF Report

 2016 Commodity Performance

A look at oil’s wild ride and some of the events and milestones influencing the energy sector in the commodity space.

ETF Report

 ETF Explainer: KOL

Our ETF Explainer examines the coal markets’ roller-coaster ride over the past 12 months.

ETF Report

 Commodities In Review

August was a fairly negative month for commodities, with precious metals down across the board.