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 115 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Commodities ETFs gather total assets under management of $82.42B. The average expense ratio is 0.94%. Commodities ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

  • Commodities

The largest Commodities ETF is the SPDR Gold Trust GLD with $42.66B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Commodities ETF was the UGLD at 75.37%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Commodities space was the Perth Mint Physical Gold ETF AAAU in 07/26/18.

Top ETF Performers

UGAZ VelocityShares 3X Long Natural Gas ETN 63.91%
BOIL ProShares Ultra Bloomberg Natural Gas 35.84%
UNG United States Natural Gas Fund LP 19.16%
GAZ iPath Series B Bloomberg Natural Gas Subindex Total Return ETN 18.11%
OILU ProShares UltraPro 3x Crude Oil ETF 11.91%

Bottom ETF Performers

OIL iPath Series B S&P GSCI Crude Oil ETN -78.82%
DGAZ VelocityShares 3X Inverse Natural Gas ETN -43.44%
OILD ProShares UltraPro 3x Short Crude Oil ETF -33.84%
WTID UBS ETRACS - ProShares Daily 3x Inverse Crude ETN -33.77%
DWT VelocityShares 3x Inverse Crude Oil ETN -32.70%

Top Creations

GLD SPDR Gold Trust 2.62K
IAU iShares Gold Trust 894.21
SLV iShares Silver Trust 539.51
SGOL Aberdeen Standard Physical Swiss Gold Shares ETF 65.10
DWT VelocityShares 3x Inverse Crude Oil ETN 45.02

Top Redemptions

PDBC Invesco Optimum Yield Diversified Commodity Strategy No K-1 ETF -191.67
DJP iPath Bloomberg Commodity Index Total Return ETN -68.12
DBC Invesco DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund -62.93
USCI United States Commodity Index Fund -52.79
GSG iShares S&P GSCI Commodity Indexed Trust -25.23

AUM Winners

OILD ProShares UltraPro 3x Short Crude Oil ETF 293.84%
PLTM GraniteShares Platinum Trust 96.14%
USOD United States 3x Short Oil Fund 92.16%
DJCI ETRACS Bloomberg Commodity Index Total Return ETN 92.06%
DWT VelocityShares 3x Inverse Crude Oil ETN 86.76%

AUM Losers

KOLD ProShares UltraShort Bloomberg Natural Gas -29.11%
CPER United States Copper Index Fund -24.57%
OILU ProShares UltraPro 3x Crude Oil ETF -17.52%
DTO DB Crude Oil Double Short ETN -15.64%
RJN Elements Rogers International Commodity Index-Energy TR ETN -12.85%

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