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 128 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Commodities ETFs gather total assets under management of $66.54B. The average expense ratio is 0.85%. Commodities ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

  • Commodities

The largest Commodities ETF is the SPDR Gold Trust GLD with $31.85B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Commodities ETF was the UWT at 197.58%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Commodities space was the SPDR Gold MiniShares Trust GLDM in 06/25/18.


ADZDB Agriculture Short ETN75.11%
BOMDB Base Metals Double Short ETN31.14%
USOUUnited States 3x Oil Fund20.30%
UWTVelocityShares 3x Long Crude Oil ETN18.59%
DSLVVelocityShares 3X Inverse Silver ETN17.11%


DEEDB Commodity Double Short ETN-28.57%
BDDDB Base Metals Double Long ETN-26.11%
USODUnited States 3x Short Oil Fund-22.90%
SZODB Crude Oil Short ETN-22.12%
DWTVelocityShares 3x Inverse Crude Oil ETN-21.93%

top creations

PDBCInvesco Optimum Yield Diversified Commodity Strategy No K-1 ETF326.80
BARGraniteShares Gold Trust 245.83
USLVVelocityShares 3X Long Silver ETN73.56
DWTVelocityShares 3x Inverse Crude Oil ETN64.51
DJPiPath Bloomberg Commodity Index Total Return ETN62.75

top redemptions

GLDSPDR Gold Trust-1,147.24
IAUiShares Gold Trust-716.50
SGOLETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares-231.63
USOUnited States Oil Fund LP-222.49
DBCInvesco DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund-204.93


GLDMSPDR Gold MiniShares Trust181.72%
BARGraniteShares Gold Trust 63.19%
OILDProShares UltraPro 3x Short Crude Oil ETF53.23%
DWTVelocityShares 3x Inverse Crude Oil ETN45.15%
UGAZVelocityShares 3X Long Natural Gas ETN38.81%


OIILCredit Suisse X-Links WTI Crude Oil ETN-76.15%
PLTMGraniteShares Platinum Trust-53.25%
DEEDB Commodity Double Short ETN-39.70%
DBOInvesco DB Oil Fund-36.32%
ADZDB Agriculture Short ETN-35.87%

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