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 155 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Commodities ETFs gather total assets under management of $68.19B. The average expense ratio is of 0.89%. Commodities ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

  • Equity
  • Fixed Income
  • Commodities

The largest Commodities ETF is the SPDR Gold Trust GLD with $33.89B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Commodities ETF was the DGAZ at 102.88%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Commodities space was the AxelaTrader 3x Inverse Brent Crude Oil ETN DBRT in 09/14/17.


DGAZVelocityShares 3X Inverse Natural Gas ETN50.67%
KOLDProShares UltraShort Bloomberg Natural Gas33.35%
DSLVVelocityShares 3X Inverse Silver ETN21.81%
LDiPath Bloomberg Lead Subindex Total Return ETN15.51%
ZSLProShares UltraShort Silver14.08%


UGAZVelocityShares 3X Long Natural Gas ETN-42.52%
BOILProShares Ultra Bloomberg Natural Gas-29.45%
USLVVelocityShares 3X Long Silver ETN-19.87%
SZODB Crude Oil Short ETN-15.93%
UNGUnited States Natural Gas Fund LP-15.64%

top creations

IAUiShares Gold Trust291.95
DBCPowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund209.31
PDBCPowerShares Optimum Yield Diversified Commodity Strategy No K-1 Portfolio86.69
DWTVelocityShares 3x Inverse Crude Oil ETN71.07
DGAZVelocityShares 3X Inverse Natural Gas ETN59.16

top redemptions

GLDSPDR Gold Trust-450.16
USOUnited States Oil Fund LP-230.93
UCOProShares Ultra Bloomberg Crude Oil-113.54
UWTVelocityShares 3x Long Crude Oil ETN-82.52
UGAZVelocityShares 3X Long Natural Gas ETN-70.01


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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