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 $65.52B. 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 $32.54B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Commodities ETF was the DSLV at 40.70%. 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 64.46%
WTID UBS ETRACS - ProShares Daily 3x Inverse Crude ETN 63.89%
OILD ProShares UltraPro 3x Short Crude Oil ETF 63.80%
USOD United States 3x Short Oil Fund 62.98%
SCO ProShares UltraShort Bloomberg Crude Oil 40.51%

BOTTOM ETF PERFORMERS

UWT VelocityShares 3x Long Crude Oil ETN -45.74%
USOU United States 3x Oil Fund -45.73%
OILU ProShares UltraPro 3x Crude Oil ETF -45.71%
WTIU UBS ETRACS - ProShares Daily 3x Long Crude ETN -45.64%
UCO ProShares Ultra Bloomberg Crude Oil -32.39%

TOP CREATIONS

UWT VelocityShares 3x Long Crude Oil ETN 92.85
UCO ProShares Ultra Bloomberg Crude Oil 61.07
UGAZ VelocityShares 3X Long Natural Gas ETN 52.78
GLDM SPDR Gold MiniShares Trust 52.60
BAR GraniteShares Gold Trust 47.96

TOP REDEMPTIONS

IAU iShares Gold Trust -522.03
GLD SPDR Gold Trust -133.41
GSG iShares S&P GSCI Commodity Indexed Trust -121.54
DWT VelocityShares 3x Inverse Crude Oil ETN -79.47
SCO ProShares UltraShort Bloomberg Crude Oil -44.79

AUM WINNERS

WTID UBS ETRACS - ProShares Daily 3x Inverse Crude ETN 45.94%
DGL Invesco DB Gold Fund 42.61%
CORN Teucrium Corn Fund 41.06%
USOD United States 3x Short Oil Fund 34.30%
COW iPath Series B Bloomberg Livestock Subindex Total Return ETN 27.71%

AUM LOSERS

OILK ProShares K-1 Free Crude Oil Strategy ETF -72.03%
DGZ DB Gold Short ETN -40.95%
GLL ProShares UltraShort Gold -37.55%
DWT VelocityShares 3x Inverse Crude Oil ETN -35.69%
KOLD ProShares UltraShort Bloomberg Natural Gas -27.97%

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