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 125 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Commodities ETFs gather total assets under management of $69.10B. The average expense ratio is 0.92%. Commodities ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

  • Commodities

The largest Commodities ETF is the SPDR Gold Trust GLD with $33.89B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Commodities ETF was the PALL at 41.45%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Commodities space was the Perth Mint Physical Gold ETF AAAU in 07/26/18.

TOP ETF PERFORMERS

BDD DB Base Metals Double Long ETN 43.96%
OILU ProShares UltraPro 3x Crude Oil ETF 13.70%
UWT VelocityShares 3x Long Crude Oil ETN 13.69%
USOU United States 3x Oil Fund 13.61%
WTIU UBS ETRACS - ProShares Daily 3x Long Crude ETN 13.10%

BOTTOM ETF PERFORMERS

UGAZ VelocityShares 3X Long Natural Gas ETN -28.44%
BOM DB Base Metals Double Short ETN -20.42%
WTID UBS ETRACS - ProShares Daily 3x Inverse Crude ETN -19.65%
OILD ProShares UltraPro 3x Short Crude Oil ETF -19.62%
DWT VelocityShares 3x Inverse Crude Oil ETN -19.55%

TOP CREATIONS

GLD SPDR Gold Trust 1.51K
IAU iShares Gold Trust 509.68
UGAZ VelocityShares 3X Long Natural Gas ETN 285.97
BAR GraniteShares Gold Trust 119.35
GLDM SPDR Gold MiniShares Trust 105.72

TOP REDEMPTIONS

UWT VelocityShares 3x Long Crude Oil ETN -134.67
PDBC Invesco Optimum Yield Diversified Commodity Strategy No K-1 ETF -132.83
SLV iShares Silver Trust -98.72
DGAZ VelocityShares 3X Inverse Natural Gas ETN -79.63
DJP iPath Bloomberg Commodity Index Total Return ETN -61.47

AUM WINNERS

BOIL ProShares Ultra Bloomberg Natural Gas 66.44%
DSLV VelocityShares 3X Inverse Silver ETN 64.11%
UGAZ VelocityShares 3X Long Natural Gas ETN 62.13%
JJN iPath Series B Bloomberg Nickel Subindex Total Return ETN 59.65%
GLDM SPDR Gold MiniShares Trust 40.34%

AUM LOSERS

DGAZ VelocityShares 3X Inverse Natural Gas ETN -35.66%
SCO ProShares UltraShort Bloomberg Crude Oil -31.09%
DDP DB Commodity Short ETN -23.35%
BOM DB Base Metals Double Short ETN -22.40%
WTID UBS ETRACS - ProShares Daily 3x Inverse Crude ETN -18.87%

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