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 $69.63B. The average expense ratio is of 1.2%. 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 $34.82B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Commodities ETF was the BDD at 43.99%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Commodities space was the AxelaTrader 3x Inverse Brent Crude Oil ETN DBRT in 09/14/17.


OILUProShares UltraPro 3x Crude Oil ETF28.95%
UWTVelocityShares 3x Long Crude Oil ETN28.88%
USOUUnited States 3x Oil Fund28.82%
UBRTAxelaTrader 3x Long Brent Crude Oil ETN27.74%
WTIUUBS ETRACS - ProShares Daily 3x Long Crude ETN27.72%


USODUnited States 3x Short Oil Fund-25.15%
OILDProShares UltraPro 3x Short Crude Oil ETF-24.96%
DWTVelocityShares 3x Inverse Crude Oil ETN-24.88%
WTIDUBS ETRACS - ProShares Daily 3x Inverse Crude ETN-24.79%
DBRTAxelaTrader 3x Inverse Brent Crude Oil ETN-24.43%

top creations

UGAZVelocityShares 3X Long Natural Gas ETN416.81
IAUiShares Gold Trust239.48
UNGUnited States Natural Gas Fund LP103.56
PDBCPowerShares Optimum Yield Diversified Commodity Strategy No K-1 Portfolio78.85
DBCPowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund40.11

top redemptions

GLDSPDR Gold Trust-562.78
USOUnited States Oil Fund LP-143.35
SLViShares Silver Trust-127.66
DBOPowerShares DB Oil Fund-108.54
UCOProShares Ultra Bloomberg Crude Oil-92.77


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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