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 $63.09B. 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 $30.25B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Commodities ETF was the DSLV at 42.43%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Commodities space was the Perth Mint Physical Gold ETF AAAU in 07/26/18.

TOP ETF PERFORMERS

DWT VelocityShares 3x Inverse Crude Oil ETN 21.54%
USOD United States 3x Short Oil Fund 21.27%
OILD ProShares UltraPro 3x Short Crude Oil ETF 20.28%
WTID UBS ETRACS - ProShares Daily 3x Inverse Crude ETN 20.18%
DTO DB Crude Oil Double Short ETN 15.46%

BOTTOM ETF PERFORMERS

USOU United States 3x Oil Fund -20.42%
UWT VelocityShares 3x Long Crude Oil ETN -20.27%
WTIU UBS ETRACS - ProShares Daily 3x Long Crude ETN -19.47%
OILU ProShares UltraPro 3x Crude Oil ETF -19.42%
BAL iPath Series B Bloomberg Cotton Subindex Total Return ETN -14.70%

TOP CREATIONS

UGAZ VelocityShares 3X Long Natural Gas ETN 216.51
PDBC Invesco Optimum Yield Diversified Commodity Strategy No K-1 ETF 80.83
DWT VelocityShares 3x Inverse Crude Oil ETN 69.38
SLV iShares Silver Trust 42.17
SCO ProShares UltraShort Bloomberg Crude Oil 29.11

TOP REDEMPTIONS

GLD SPDR Gold Trust -1,547.84
IAU iShares Gold Trust -252.03
GSG iShares S&P GSCI Commodity Indexed Trust -113.78
UCO ProShares Ultra Bloomberg Crude Oil -92.55
DGAZ VelocityShares 3X Inverse Natural Gas ETN -91.12

AUM WINNERS

USOD United States 3x Short Oil Fund 55.26%
JJG iPath Series B Bloomberg Grains Subindex Total Return ETN 50.77%
SOYB Teucrium Soybean Fund 23.28%
WTID UBS ETRACS - ProShares Daily 3x Inverse Crude ETN 18.90%
GLL ProShares UltraShort Gold 17.41%

AUM LOSERS

DGZ DB Gold Short ETN -39.07%
KOLD ProShares UltraShort Bloomberg Natural Gas -38.23%
WTIU UBS ETRACS - ProShares Daily 3x Long Crude ETN -34.67%
USOU United States 3x Oil Fund -25.84%
OILK ProShares K-1 Free Crude Oil Strategy ETF -24.37%

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