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 130 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Commodities ETFs gather total assets under management of $72.69B. The average expense ratio is 0.84%. Commodities ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

  • Commodities

The largest Commodities ETF is the SPDR Gold Trust GLD with $35.64B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Commodities ETF was the WTIU at 150.64%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Commodities space was the USCF SummerHaven Dynamic Commodity Strategy No K-1 Fund SDCI in 05/03/18.


UBRTAxelaTrader 3x Long Brent Crude Oil ETN42.22%
WTIUUBS ETRACS - ProShares Daily 3x Long Crude ETN25.84%
OILUProShares UltraPro 3x Crude Oil ETF25.57%
UWTVelocityShares 3x Long Crude Oil ETN24.65%
USOUUnited States 3x Oil Fund24.21%


DBRTAxelaTrader 3x Inverse Brent Crude Oil ETN-28.31%
OILDProShares UltraPro 3x Short Crude Oil ETF-23.38%
USODUnited States 3x Short Oil Fund-23.08%
DWTVelocityShares 3x Inverse Crude Oil ETN-22.41%
WTIDUBS ETRACS - ProShares Daily 3x Inverse Crude ETN-22.41%

top creations

GLDSPDR Gold Trust1,086.24
IAUiShares Gold Trust739.34
DBCPowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund117.21
PDBCPowerShares Optimum Yield Diversified Commodity Strategy No K-1 Portfolio111.65
DGAZVelocityShares 3X Inverse Natural Gas ETN79.95

top redemptions

UGAZVelocityShares 3X Long Natural Gas ETN-176.89
SLViShares Silver Trust-34.69
UCOProShares Ultra Bloomberg Crude Oil-31.15
DBBPowerShares DB Base Metals Fund-29.44
GSGiShares S&P GSCI Commodity Indexed Trust-28.33


OILUProShares UltraPro 3x Crude Oil ETF89.37%
DGAZVelocityShares 3X Inverse Natural Gas ETN65.71%
SGGBiPath Series B Bloomberg Sugar Subindex Total Return ETN44.79%
SDCIUSCF SummerHaven Dynamic Commodity Strategy No K-1 Fund36.08%
GSPiPath S&P GSCI Total Return Index ETN27.32%


USODUnited States 3x Short Oil Fund-48.59%
PLTMGraniteShares Platinum Trust-38.55%
DSLVVelocityShares 3X Inverse Silver ETN-36.05%
UGAZVelocityShares 3X Long Natural Gas ETN-32.53%
PALLETFS Physical Palladium Shares-27.23%

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