Oil ETF Overview

Investing in oil ETFs can be a complex endeavor. For most investors, even large traders, taking delivery of oil and storing it is simply impractical or impossible to do. Thus, oil ETFs have become a popular instrument with which to access the oil market. In today's market, investors can find ETFs that track the daily price of oil and that aim to mitigate the effects of contango and backwardation, as well as ETFs exposed to companies in the oil sector.

This channel is designed to help you understand oil ETFs, how they are built, how they behave, their objectives, their risks and their rewards.

With 11 ETFs traded on the U.S. markets, Oil ETFs have total assets under management of $6.29B. The average expense ratio is 0.77%. Oil ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

  • Commodities
  • Equity

The largest Oil ETF is the United States Oil Fund LP USO with $3.13B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best-performing Oil ETF was UCO at 185.60%. The most recent ETF launched in the Oil space was the Credit Suisse X-Links Crude Oil Shares Covered Call ETN USOI on 04/25/17.

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