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 30 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Agriculture ETFs gather total assets under management of $830.26M. The average expense ratio is 1.06%. Agriculture ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

  • Commodities

The largest Agriculture ETF is the Invesco DB Agriculture Fund DBA with $328.70M in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Agriculture ETF was the AGATF at 15.92%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Agriculture space was the iPath Series B Bloomberg Cotton Subindex Total Return ETN BAL in 01/17/18.

Top ETF Performers

FUE Elements MLCX Biofuels Index-Total Return ETN 10.37%
JJA-OLD iPath Bloomberg Agriculture Subindex Total Return ETN 10.00%
SGGFF iPath Bloomberg Sugar Subindex Total Return ETN 9.77%
SGG iPath Series B Bloomberg Sugar Subindex Total Return ETN 8.87%
CANE Teucrium Sugar Fund 7.29%

Bottom ETF Performers

BALTF iPath Bloomberg Cotton Subindex Total Return ETN -70.47%
JJSSF iPath Bloomberg Softs Subindex Total Return ETN -53.33%
DAGXF DB Agriculture Double Long ETN -27.01%
COWTF iPath Bloomberg Livestock Subindex Total Return ETN -16.37%
NIB iPath Bloomberg Cocoa Subindex Total Return ETN -12.55%

Top Creations

CORN Teucrium Corn Fund 32.68
SOYB Teucrium Soybean Fund 26.44
DBA Invesco DB Agriculture Fund 18.94
NIB iPath Bloomberg Cocoa Subindex Total Return ETN 9.51
JO iPath Series B Bloomberg Coffee Subindex Total Return ETN 8.14

Top Redemptions

SGGFF iPath Bloomberg Sugar Subindex Total Return ETN -0.79
JJGTF iPath Bloomberg Grains Subindex Total Return ETN -0.70
RJA Elements Rogers International Commodity Index-Agriculture TR ETN -0.29
COWTF iPath Bloomberg Livestock Subindex Total Return ETN -0.07
JJOFF iPath Bloomberg Coffee Subindex Total Return ETN -0.05

AUM Winners

SOYB Teucrium Soybean Fund 82.99%
NIB iPath Bloomberg Cocoa Subindex Total Return ETN 82.97%
CORN Teucrium Corn Fund 37.14%
FUD ETRACS UBS Bloomberg CMCI Food Total Return ETN 20.46%
CANE Teucrium Sugar Fund 18.84%

AUM Losers

COWTF iPath Bloomberg Livestock Subindex Total Return ETN -77.64%
COW iPath Series B Bloomberg Livestock Subindex Total Return ETN -77.64%
TAGS Teucrium Agricultural Fund -14.00%
JO iPath Series B Bloomberg Coffee Subindex Total Return ETN -10.70%
FUE Elements MLCX Biofuels Index-Total Return ETN -7.39%

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