Top Performing Commodity ETFs Of 2017

August 04, 2017

Gold Still In Demand

Rounding out the list of the 10 top-performing commodities is an investor favorite, gold. There are three ETFs tied to the yellow metal on the list, including the iShares Gold Trust (IAU), the ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (SGOL) and the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD), each with gains of just over 10%.

Gold prices remain supported by persistently low global bond yields, which reduce the opportunity cost of holding the metal, which is widely regarded as a safe haven. Investors continued to add to their gold ETF holdings, with 109.1 metric tons coming into the space during Q1, according to the World Gold Council.

At the same time, central banks added 76.3 metric tons to their stockpiles. Both figures are down from last year, but suggest there's still a healthy demand for gold from all segments of the market, despite surging stock markets around the world.

For a full list of this year's top-performing commodity ETFs, see the table below:


Ticker Fund YTD
PALL ETFS Physical Palladium Shares 31.05
CUPM iPath Pure Beta Copper ETN 14.32
JJC iPath Bloomberg Copper Subindex Total Return ETN 14.31
UBC ETRACS UBS Bloomberg CMCI Livestock Total Return ETN 13.63
CPER United States Copper Index Fund 13.55
DBB PowerShares DB Base Metals Fund 12.27
JJU iPath Bloomberg Aluminum Subindex Total Return ETN 11.37
IAU iShares Gold Trust 10.24
SGOL ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares 10.20
GLD SPDR Gold Trust 10.15


Contact Sumit Roy at [email protected]


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