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 $9.91B. The average expense ratio is 0.93%. 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 $3.05B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Oil ETF was the UWT at 197.58%. 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

USOUUnited States 3x Oil Fund15.55%
UWTVelocityShares 3x Long Crude Oil ETN13.79%
OILXETRACS S&P GSCI Crude Oil Total Return ETN12.82%
WTIUUBS ETRACS - ProShares Daily 3x Long Crude ETN9.41%
OILUProShares UltraPro 3x Crude Oil ETF9.33%

BOTTOM ETF PERFORMERS

SZODB Crude Oil Short ETN-22.12%
DWTVelocityShares 3x Inverse Crude Oil ETN-19.54%
USODUnited States 3x Short Oil Fund-18.49%
DTODB Crude Oil Double Short ETN-16.28%
OILDProShares UltraPro 3x Short Crude Oil ETF-16.18%

top creations

DWTVelocityShares 3x Inverse Crude Oil ETN64.51
SCOProShares UltraShort Bloomberg Crude Oil33.21
IEOiShares U.S. Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF18.50
DRIPDirexion Daily S&P Oil & Gas Exp. & Prod. Bear 3X Shares9.31
OILUProShares UltraPro 3x Crude Oil ETF6.88

top redemptions

XOPSPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF-280.66
USOUnited States Oil Fund LP-222.49
DBOInvesco DB Oil Fund-68.48
UWTVelocityShares 3x Long Crude Oil ETN-66.21
UCOProShares Ultra Bloomberg Crude Oil-34.63

AUM WINNERS

OILDProShares UltraPro 3x Short Crude Oil ETF34.93%
DWTVelocityShares 3x Inverse Crude Oil ETN23.26%
PXEInvesco Dynamic Energy Exploration & Production ETF17.35%
USOUUnited States 3x Oil Fund16.04%
FILLiShares MSCI Global Energy Producers ETF12.12%

AUM LOSERS

OIILCredit Suisse X-Links WTI Crude Oil ETN-90.03%
DBOInvesco DB Oil Fund-36.52%
USODUnited States 3x Short Oil Fund-21.39%
WTIDUBS ETRACS - ProShares Daily 3x Inverse Crude ETN-16.67%
OLODB Crude Oil Long ETN-13.13%

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