How Much Money Your Favorite Commodity ETFs Make

ETF investing turned the commodity world from a difficult-to-reach asset class to exposure that any retail investor could quickly add to their portfolio. The years have seen a number of innovative products come and go, but through thick and thin a select group of funds have broken away from the rest, as they have maintained their popularity. And just like any other business, these funds need to make money to stay open (and to hopefully make you money), as they have plenty of operating costs to take care of [for more commodity ETF analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

Below, we outline the ten largest commodity ETFs and how much money they  make on an average year, and some of the results may surprise you.

Fund AUM (MM) Fees Annual Revenues
SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) $73,329 0.40% $293,316,000
COMEX Gold Trust (IAU) $11,434 0.25% $28,585,000
iShares Silver Trust (SLV) $10,106 0.50% $50,530,000
DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund (DBC) $5,913 0.93% $54,990,900
Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index TR ETN (DJP) $2,032 0.75% $15,240,000
Physical Swiss Gold Shares (SGOL) $1,918 0.39% $7,480,200
DB Agriculture Fund (DBA) $1,836 1.01% $18,543,600
United States Natural Gas Fund LP (UNG) $1,295 0.60% $7,770,000
GSCI Commodity-Indexed Trust Fund (GSG) $1,236 0.75% $9,270,000
United States Oil Fund (USO) $1,224 0.45% $5,508,000

The most interesting takeaway from the stats above is the fact that bigger does not always mean better. DBC takes in the second highest amount of revenues, yet as an ETF, it is only the 4th largest commodity fund. It is also noteworthy that the cheapest product on the list, IAU, takes in the second highest amount of assets meaning that investors have been drawn in by its low fee structure.

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