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 120 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Commodities ETFs gather total assets under management of $64.31B. The average expense ratio is 0.84%. Commodities ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

  • Commodities

The largest Commodities ETF is the SPDR Gold Trust GLD with $29.60B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Commodities ETF was the UGLD at 665.05%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Commodities space was the Perth Mint Physical Gold ETF AAAU in 07/26/18.

TOP ETF PERFORMERS

USLV VelocityShares 3X Long Silver ETN 1,021.86%
UGLD VelocityShares 3X Long Gold ETN 969.52%
UGAZ VelocityShares 3X Long Natural Gas ETN 62.17%
BOM DB Base Metals Double Short ETN 61.01%
BOIL ProShares Ultra Bloomberg Natural Gas 39.92%

BOTTOM ETF PERFORMERS

DGAZ VelocityShares 3X Inverse Natural Gas ETN -43.32%
KOLD ProShares UltraShort Bloomberg Natural Gas -31.26%
BOS DB Base Metals Short ETN -21.03%
WTID UBS ETRACS - ProShares Daily 3x Inverse Crude ETN -15.27%
OILD ProShares UltraPro 3x Short Crude Oil ETF -15.18%

TOP CREATIONS

PDBC Invesco Optimum Yield Diversified Commodity Strategy No K-1 ETF 419.64
DGAZ VelocityShares 3X Inverse Natural Gas ETN 226.66
IAU iShares Gold Trust 158.80
GLDM SPDR Gold MiniShares Trust 117.59
DWT VelocityShares 3x Inverse Crude Oil ETN 91.10

TOP REDEMPTIONS

GLD SPDR Gold Trust -488.96
UWT VelocityShares 3x Long Crude Oil ETN -79.15
UGAZ VelocityShares 3X Long Natural Gas ETN -69.93
UCO ProShares Ultra Bloomberg Crude Oil -56.09
DBA Invesco DB Agriculture Fund -40.87

AUM WINNERS

OILK ProShares K-1 Free Crude Oil Strategy ETF 319.89%
GLDM SPDR Gold MiniShares Trust 103.31%
DGAZ VelocityShares 3X Inverse Natural Gas ETN 88.77%
AAAU Perth Mint Physical Gold ETF 69.42%
BOIL ProShares Ultra Bloomberg Natural Gas 36.21%

AUM LOSERS

BEF Aberdeen Standard Bloomberg Energy Commodity Longer Dated Strategy K-1 Free ETF -64.94%
UWT VelocityShares 3x Long Crude Oil ETN -26.27%
PLTM GraniteShares Platinum Trust -23.24%
WTID UBS ETRACS - ProShares Daily 3x Inverse Crude ETN -15.84%
DZZ DB Gold Double Short ETN -13.73%

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