Oil ETF Overview

Investing in oil ETFs can be a complex endeavor. For most investors, even large traders, taking delivery of oil and storing it is simply impractical or impossible to do. Thus, oil ETFs have become a popular instrument with which to access the oil market. In today's market, investors can find ETFs that track the daily price of oil and that aim to mitigate the effects of contango and backwardation, as well as ETFs exposed to companies in the oil sector.

This channel is designed to help you understand oil ETFs, how they are built, how they behave, their objectives, their risks and their rewards.

With 37 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Oil ETFs gather total assets under management of $9.47B. The average expense ratio is 0.88%. Oil ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

  • Commodities
  • Equity

The largest Oil ETF is the SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF XOP with $2.58B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Oil ETF was the WTIU at 107.90%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Oil space was the AxelaTrader 3x Inverse Brent Crude Oil ETN DBRT in 09/14/17.

TOP ETF PERFORMERS

GUSHDirexion Daily S&P Oil & Gas Exp. & Prod. Bull 3X Shares39.39%
UBRTAxelaTrader 3x Long Brent Crude Oil ETN26.87%
PXEPowerShares Dynamic Energy Exploration & Production Portfolio13.97%
WTIUUBS ETRACS - ProShares Daily 3x Long Crude ETN13.75%
OILUProShares UltraPro 3x Crude Oil ETF13.52%

BOTTOM ETF PERFORMERS

DRIPDirexion Daily S&P Oil & Gas Exp. & Prod. Bear 3X Shares-33.67%
OILDProShares UltraPro 3x Short Crude Oil ETF-27.53%
DBRTAxelaTrader 3x Inverse Brent Crude Oil ETN-24.77%
DWTVelocityShares 3x Inverse Crude Oil ETN-15.64%
WTIDUBS ETRACS - ProShares Daily 3x Inverse Crude ETN-15.59%

top creations

OIHVanEck Vectors Oil Services ETF119.05
DWTVelocityShares 3x Inverse Crude Oil ETN60.27
IEOiShares U.S. Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF27.89
UWTVelocityShares 3x Long Crude Oil ETN26.21
SCOProShares UltraShort Bloomberg Crude Oil11.58

top redemptions

XOPSPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF-289.63
USOUnited States Oil Fund LP-206.76
DBOPowerShares DB Oil Fund-121.80
UCOProShares Ultra Bloomberg Crude Oil-39.78
XESSPDR S&P Oil & Gas Equipment & Services ETF-16.69

AUM WINNERS

DRIPDirexion Daily S&P Oil & Gas Exp. & Prod. Bear 3X Shares165.65%
PXJPowerShares Dynamic Oil & Gas Services Portfolio46.09%
OILKProShares K-1 Free Crude Oil Strategy ETF43.72%
OLEMiPath Pure Beta Crude Oil ETN27.53%
WTIUUBS ETRACS - ProShares Daily 3x Long Crude ETN22.96%

AUM LOSERS

USODUnited States 3x Short Oil Fund-48.71%
WTIDUBS ETRACS - ProShares Daily 3x Inverse Crude ETN-23.14%
DTODB Crude Oil Double Short ETN-14.95%
SCOProShares UltraShort Bloomberg Crude Oil-9.68%
DNOUnited States Short Oil Fund LP-7.65%

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