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 116 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Commodities ETFs gather total assets under management of $87.57B. The average expense ratio is 0.86%. Commodities ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

  • Commodities

The largest Commodities ETF is the SPDR Gold Trust GLD with $44.92B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Commodities ETF was the DGAZ at 224.38%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Commodities space was the ETRACS Bloomberg Commodity Index Total Return ETN Series B DJCB in 10/24/19.

Top ETF Performers

DGAZ VelocityShares 3X Inverse Natural Gas ETN 44.17%
PALL Aberdeen Standard Physical Palladium Shares ETF 26.45%
KOLD ProShares UltraShort Bloomberg Natural Gas 25.81%
USLV VelocityShares 3X Long Silver ETN 17.28%
UGLD VelocityShares 3X Long Gold ETN 16.07%

Bottom ETF Performers

UGAZ VelocityShares 3X Long Natural Gas ETN -36.08%
BOIL ProShares Ultra Bloomberg Natural Gas -22.56%
DSLV VelocityShares 3X Inverse Silver ETN -16.50%
JO iPath Series B Bloomberg Coffee Subindex Total Return ETN -15.48%
DGLD VelocityShares 3X Inverse Gold ETN -14.48%

Top Creations

UGAZ VelocityShares 3X Long Natural Gas ETN 179.84
UNG United States Natural Gas Fund LP 138.04
DWT VelocityShares 3x Inverse Crude Oil ETN 97.40
IAU iShares Gold Trust 76.90
GSG iShares S&P GSCI Commodity Indexed Trust 60.34

Top Redemptions

USO United States Oil Fund LP -138.42
SLV iShares Silver Trust -131.52
UWT VelocityShares 3x Long Crude Oil ETN -125.89
RJI Elements Rogers International Commodity Index-Total Return ETN -119.79
GLD SPDR Gold Trust -91.87

AUM Winners

DJCB ETRACS Bloomberg Commodity Index Total Return ETN Series B 154.51%
USV ETRACS UBS Bloomberg CMCI Silver Total Return ETN 59.04%
IAUF iShares Gold Strategy ETF 58.26%
WTID UBS ETRACS - ProShares Daily 3x Inverse Crude ETN 31.64%
OILK ProShares K-1 Free Crude Oil Strategy ETF 31.27%

AUM Losers

WTIU UBS ETRACS - ProShares Daily 3x Long Crude ETN -41.80%
UCI ETRACS UBS Bloomberg Constant Maturity Commodity Index TR ETN -31.43%
UGAZ VelocityShares 3X Long Natural Gas ETN -25.11%
NIB iPath Bloomberg Cocoa Subindex Total Return ETN -21.62%
GLL ProShares UltraShort Gold -21.48%

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