Earning income from commodity investments typically requires some work and creativity on the part of investors. After all, gold bars and barrels of oil don’t pay out any income in and of themselves. That means that investors who want yield from their commodity investments need to either periodically sell part of their position to replicate income, or they need to invest in shares of commodity-related companies that do pay dividends.
Income investors often feel that commodities are not sound investments for their portfolio as something like a futures contract on gold offers no yield. But there are plenty of other ways to make a play on commodities while adding the safety net of dividend yield. Some turn to stocks while others are more partial to the security that index funds offer, namely, exchange traded products. ETFs offer investors immediate diversification through a single ticker while holding onto added benefits of intraday liquidity, transparency, and some favorable tax treatments. A number of ETFs that choose to focus on commodities come with handsome yields attached. Below, we outline the highest yielding commodity products [see also 12 High-Yielding Commodities For 2012].