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 170 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Commodities ETFs gather total assets under management of $72.87B. 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 $35.98B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Commodities ETF was the GRN at 120.83%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Commodities space was the GraniteShares Platinum Trust PLTM in 01/22/18.


DBRTAxelaTrader 3x Inverse Brent Crude Oil ETN34.49%
DGAZVelocityShares 3X Inverse Natural Gas ETN27.53%
KOLDProShares UltraShort Bloomberg Natural Gas18.66%
AGADB Agriculture Double Short ETN18.29%
GRNiPath Global Carbon ETN10.91%


UGAZVelocityShares 3X Long Natural Gas ETN-30.04%
UBRTAxelaTrader 3x Long Brent Crude Oil ETN-27.53%
BOSDB Base Metals Short ETN-21.26%
BOILProShares Ultra Bloomberg Natural Gas-19.73%
LDiPath Bloomberg Lead Subindex Total Return ETN-12.42%

top creations

IAUiShares Gold Trust765.82
DGAZVelocityShares 3X Inverse Natural Gas ETN445.57
DBCPowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund229.62
GLDSPDR Gold Trust179.54
PDBCPowerShares Optimum Yield Diversified Commodity Strategy No K-1 Portfolio153.34

top redemptions

UGAZVelocityShares 3X Long Natural Gas ETN-695.15
UNGUnited States Natural Gas Fund LP-334.13
OILiPath S&P GSCI Crude Oil Total Return ETN-203.24
SLViShares Silver Trust-127.48
USOUnited States Oil Fund LP-125.80


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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