Agriculture ETF Overview

Agriculture ETFs are based on a basket or index of major agricultural commodities. When it comes to exposure, the biggest difference among the 10 products in the segment is strategy and coverage. However, they can vary greatly on weighting and their selecting contracts. Their styles range from consumption-weighted baskets, production-weighted baskets, to methodologies using liquidity or multifactor models to weight contracts. There is also a wide range of strategies in the group for selecting specific contracts within a commodity to hold, many of which aim to mitigate contango or profit from backwardation.

With 16 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Agriculture ETFs gather total assets under management of $722.69M. The average expense ratio is 0.61%. Agriculture ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

  • Commodities

The largest Agriculture ETF is the Invesco DB Agriculture Fund DBA with $564.76M in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Agriculture ETF was the NIB at 14.35%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Agriculture space was the iPath Series B Bloomberg Cotton Subindex Total Return ETN BALB in 01/17/18.

TOP ETF PERFORMERS

NIB iPath Bloomberg Cocoa Subindex Total Return ETN 11.34%
SGGB iPath Series B Bloomberg Sugar Subindex Total Return ETN 9.43%
COWB iPath Series B Bloomberg Livestock Subindex Total Return ETN 3.65%
DBA Invesco DB Agriculture Fund -0.29%
JJSB iPath Series B Bloomberg Softs Subindex Total Return ETN -1.83%

BOTTOM ETF PERFORMERS

AGF DB Agriculture Long ETN -14.02%
FUE Elements MLCX Biofuels Index-Total Return ETN -11.57%
DAG DB Agriculture Double Long ETN -8.33%
BJO iPath Series B Bloomberg Coffee Subindex Total Return ETN -6.90%
JJGB iPath Series B Bloomberg Grains Subindex Total Return ETN -6.26%

TOP CREATIONS

BJO iPath Series B Bloomberg Coffee Subindex Total Return ETN 4.76
SGGB iPath Series B Bloomberg Sugar Subindex Total Return ETN 2.68
COWB iPath Series B Bloomberg Livestock Subindex Total Return ETN 1.13
NIB iPath Bloomberg Cocoa Subindex Total Return ETN 0.11
JJAB iPath Series B Bloomberg Agriculture Subindex Total Return ETN 0.11

TOP REDEMPTIONS

DBA Invesco DB Agriculture Fund -17.27
JJGB iPath Series B Bloomberg Grains Subindex Total Return ETN -0.20
BALB iPath Series B Bloomberg Cotton Subindex Total Return ETN -0.19
FUE Elements MLCX Biofuels Index-Total Return ETN 0
GRU Elements MLCX Grains Index-Total Return ETN 0

AUM WINNERS

SGGB iPath Series B Bloomberg Sugar Subindex Total Return ETN 15.78%
BJO iPath Series B Bloomberg Coffee Subindex Total Return ETN 4.97%
COWB iPath Series B Bloomberg Livestock Subindex Total Return ETN 2.86%
FUD ETRACS UBS Bloomberg CMCI Food Total Return ETN -0.25%
JJSB iPath Series B Bloomberg Softs Subindex Total Return ETN -0.85%

AUM LOSERS

DAG DB Agriculture Double Long ETN -11.42%
DBA Invesco DB Agriculture Fund -7.09%
NIB iPath Bloomberg Cocoa Subindex Total Return ETN -6.50%
AGF DB Agriculture Long ETN -5.74%
JJGB iPath Series B Bloomberg Grains Subindex Total Return ETN -4.50%

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