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 118 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Commodities ETFs gather total assets under management of $80.21B. 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 $41.63B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Commodities ETF was the DGAZ at 232.96%. 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 58.71%
KOLD ProShares UltraShort Bloomberg Natural Gas 38.07%
JO iPath Series B Bloomberg Coffee Subindex Total Return ETN 23.48%
PALL Aberdeen Standard Physical Palladium Shares ETF 13.98%
JJS iPath Series B Bloomberg Softs Subindex Total Return ETN 11.37%

Bottom ETF Performers

UGAZ VelocityShares 3X Long Natural Gas ETN -48.31%
BOIL ProShares Ultra Bloomberg Natural Gas -33.58%
GAZ iPath Series B Bloomberg Natural Gas Subindex Total Return ETN -17.43%
UNG United States Natural Gas Fund LP -17.33%
WTID UBS ETRACS - ProShares Daily 3x Inverse Crude ETN -13.89%

Top Creations

UGAZ VelocityShares 3X Long Natural Gas ETN 475.24
DWT VelocityShares 3x Inverse Crude Oil ETN 137.44
IAU iShares Gold Trust 78.41
OILD ProShares UltraPro 3x Short Crude Oil ETF 64.85
UNG United States Natural Gas Fund LP 54.52

Top Redemptions

GLD SPDR Gold Trust -932.81
UWT VelocityShares 3x Long Crude Oil ETN -123.87
SLV iShares Silver Trust -96.18
USO United States Oil Fund LP -82.16
UCO ProShares Ultra Bloomberg Crude Oil -43.17

AUM Winners

UCIB ETRACS CMCI Total Return ETN Series B 424.69%
KOLD ProShares UltraShort Bloomberg Natural Gas 286.79%
COW iPath Series B Bloomberg Livestock Subindex Total Return ETN 73.16%
OILD ProShares UltraPro 3x Short Crude Oil ETF 59.44%
ZSL ProShares UltraShort Silver 39.89%

AUM Losers

DGL Invesco DB Gold Fund -36.87%
JJN iPath Series B Bloomberg Nickel Subindex Total Return ETN -24.52%
GAZ iPath Series B Bloomberg Natural Gas Subindex Total Return ETN -24.07%
JJT iPath Series B Bloomberg Tin Subindex Total Return ETN -18.59%
JJA iPath Series B Bloomberg Agriculture Subindex Total Return ETN -15.49%

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