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 121 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Commodities ETFs gather total assets under management of $61.18B. 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 $28.67B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Commodities ETF was the USOU at 187.37%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Commodities space was the Perth Mint Physical Gold ETF AAAU in 07/26/18.


BOS DB Base Metals Short ETN 30.92%
DSLV VelocityShares 3X Inverse Silver ETN 22.75%
ZSL ProShares UltraShort Silver 14.88%
WTIU UBS ETRACS - ProShares Daily 3x Long Crude ETN 14.80%
OILU ProShares UltraPro 3x Crude Oil ETF 14.72%


USLV VelocityShares 3X Long Silver ETN -21.40%
BOM DB Base Metals Double Short ETN -19.83%
OILD ProShares UltraPro 3x Short Crude Oil ETF -15.62%
LD iPath Bloomberg Lead Subindex Total Return ETN -15.50%
WTID UBS ETRACS - ProShares Daily 3x Inverse Crude ETN -15.29%


PDBC Invesco Optimum Yield Diversified Commodity Strategy No K-1 ETF 143.15
DGAZ VelocityShares 3X Inverse Natural Gas ETN 140.35
IAU iShares Gold Trust 52.85
PPLT ETFS Physical Platinum Shares 35.06
GLDM SPDR Gold MiniShares Trust 27.89


GLD SPDR Gold Trust -1,730.43
DBC Invesco DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund -235.12
USO United States Oil Fund LP -196.51
UGAZ VelocityShares 3X Long Natural Gas ETN -161.47
UNG United States Natural Gas Fund LP -118.96


AAAU Perth Mint Physical Gold ETF 2,545.05%
USOU United States 3x Oil Fund 64.23%
LD iPath Bloomberg Lead Subindex Total Return ETN 24.94%
OILK ProShares K-1 Free Crude Oil Strategy ETF 20.76%
USOD United States 3x Short Oil Fund 17.78%


DBO Invesco DB Oil Fund -28.19%
BOIL ProShares Ultra Bloomberg Natural Gas -27.82%
DJCI ETRACS Bloomberg Commodity Index Total Return ETN -25.39%
CPER United States Copper Index Fund -18.62%
USLV VelocityShares 3X Long Silver ETN -17.14%

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