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

OPEC Agrees To Oil Production Cut

Formal agreement to be announced at November meeting; prices jump 6%.

Daily ETF Watch

ETF Watch: WisdomTree Closes 6 ETFs

Three issuers in one week have shuttered ETFs that were dying on the vine.

Daily ETF Watch

ETF Watch: 4 ETFs Launch, 2 On Bats

Two of the new funds are active, two are passive.

Daily ETF Watch

ETF Watch: Elements ETN To Shut Down

Commodity-focused exchange-traded note will cease to trade after close of business today.

Features and News

Oil ETFs Ride Price Rebound To Different Heights & Lows

Various oil-related fund exposures produce return dispersions.

Index Investor Corner

Swedroe: Trend Following Works Weakest After Crises

Trend-following strategies generally outperform, except in the years after financial crises.

Monthly ETF Flows

Risk Appetite Fuels Strong August ETF Flows

Riskier fare was the name of the game in August, although fixed-income ETFs remain hot.

ETF Report

 The Golden & Silver ETF Year

Not only have gold- and silver-related ETFs been the leaders in performance, they’ve also attracted more new assets than any other ETF group, by far.

ETF Report

 Commodities In Review

July was terrible for agriculture and energy, but excellent for metals.