Futures ETF Overview

Futures contracts are financial instruments traded in organized exchanges to buy or sell assets, especially commodities or shares, at a fixed price on a future date.

Futures also serve as underlying holdings of several ETFs, especially commodity funds, which do not buy the physical commodity, but track the futures contract price.

ETF Report

ETF Univ: A Guide To Contango & Backwardation

Understanding contango and backwardation.

ETF Strategist Corner

Label This 'Controversial'

Changing the nomenclature in the ETF industry is a good idea.

Features and News

5 Questions On Hedge Fund Replication ETFs

Dynamic Beta’s Andrew Beer offers tips on navigating this alternative space.

Features and News

How Oil ETFs Work

Each month, futures-based ETFs change their portfolio holdings. It happens sooner than you think.

Features and News

A Black Swan In Oil

Oil takes an unexpected—and unprecedented—turn.

ETF.com Analysis

When Passive Investing Goes Active

Sometimes unexpected events force passive investors and fund managers to act and react.

Podcasts

ETF Prime Podcast: Biggest Oil ETF In Focus

Plus, why education is key with futures-based products, and the role of alts investments.

Daily ETF Watch

Oil ETN To Close

In the wake of the crash in oil prices, Barclays is shuttering its largest iPath oil ETN.
 

Features and News

Biggest Oil ETF Halts Creations

Amid skyrocketing demand and plummeting oil prices, 'USO' suspends the issuance of new shares.