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 $74.44B. 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 $38.19B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Commodities ETF was the PALL at 72.42%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Commodities space was the Perth Mint Physical Gold ETF AAAU in 07/26/18.


JJN iPath Series B Bloomberg Nickel Subindex Total Return ETN 20.95%
USLV VelocityShares 3X Long Silver ETN 20.65%
UGLD VelocityShares 3X Long Gold ETN 15.06%
AGQ ProShares Ultra Silver 13.65%
DGP DB Gold Double Long ETN 10.11%


DSLV VelocityShares 3X Inverse Silver ETN -19.72%
DGLD VelocityShares 3X Inverse Gold ETN -14.75%
USOD United States 3x Short Oil Fund -14.59%
WTID UBS ETRACS - ProShares Daily 3x Inverse Crude ETN -14.33%
OILD ProShares UltraPro 3x Short Crude Oil ETF -14.14%


GLD SPDR Gold Trust 2.21K
IAU iShares Gold Trust 536.92
UGAZ VelocityShares 3X Long Natural Gas ETN 225.56
SLV iShares Silver Trust 171.03
UNG United States Natural Gas Fund LP 88.58


GSG iShares S&P GSCI Commodity Indexed Trust -81.02
DGAZ VelocityShares 3X Inverse Natural Gas ETN -74.23
DBC Invesco DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund -64.15
DBB Invesco DB Base Metals Fund -21.42
USCI United States Commodity Index Fund -20.30


SDCI USCF SummerHaven Dynamic Commodity Strategy No K-1 Fund 47.57%
KOLD ProShares UltraShort Bloomberg Natural Gas 36.87%
UGLD VelocityShares 3X Long Gold ETN 23.09%
DWT VelocityShares 3x Inverse Crude Oil ETN 22.97%
SLV iShares Silver Trust 21.52%


OILX ETRACS S&P GSCI Crude Oil Total Return ETN -74.18%
USV ETRACS UBS Bloomberg CMCI Silver Total Return ETN -45.77%
UBG ETRACS UBS Bloomberg CMCI Gold Total Return ETN -33.62%
UAG ETRACS UBS Bloomberg CMCI Agriculture Total Return ETN -31.44%
USOU United States 3x Oil Fund -25.08%

ETF Report

ETFs & Trade War Heard Round The World

ETFs can be your ammunition when tariffs fly back and forth. Analysis

Energy Sector’s Impact Shrinking

Energy’s weighting in the market is at decades-old low, and energy ETFs have underperformed. Here’s why.

ETF Strategist Corner

ETFs For 2nd Half Of 2019

Astoria Advisors shares view of the markets and top ETF picks for remainder of year.

ETF Report

ETFs’ Golden Children

Gold miner ETFs have had a volatile year, but have achieved mostly positive returns.

Features and News

Worst Performing ETFs Of The Year

These funds have struggled to find their footing in a strong year for markets.

Features and News

Best Performing ETFs Of The Year

The list of top performers has some less than obvious winners.

Features and News

ETF Of The Week: Small Cap Silver Miners Soar

ETFMG's silver mining ETF is a quirky fund with outsized performance.

ETF Report

Data At A Glance: July 2019

A look at the recent performance of European stocks, rare earth metals and other areas of the market.

ETF Report

Commodities In Review: July 2019

Agriculture was a bright spot during May.