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Performance of Commodity ETFs – worse than mutual funds?

There has been a lot of chatter about the performance of commodity based Exchanged Traded Funds (ETFs)… Commodity ETFs surged in popularity circa 2006 making commodities a de facto asset class for the retail investor who was deprived of the higher returns… ETFs allowed retail investors to easily participate in the commodities boom-bust-boom cycle of 2007-2009…

Here is a roundup of articles on commodity ETFs

Amber Waves of Pain

Commodity Headwinds Disappear

The Limits Of Indexing

ETFs Imperil Commodity Investors

The following are links to Canadian ETFs listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange

TSX

ETF Encyclopedia

Yahoo ETFs

And here is a table of Commodity ETFs in Canada covering Oil, Natural Gas, Copper, Silver & Gold. The ones in bold are not leveraged, all other ETFs are leveraged…

There are plenty of ETFs that track equity indexes comprised of commodity stocks and will be a topic for another time

Name Ticker Type QMV (C$)
30-June-2010
Claymore Gold Bullion ETF CGL Commodity 516751697.2
Claymore Natural Gas Commodity ETF GAS Commodity 177625000
Horizons BetaPro COMEX Silver ETF HUZ Commodity 6360000
Horizons BetaPro NYMEX Crude Oil Inverse ETF HIO Commodity 5560050
Horizons BetaPro NYMEX Long Crude Oil/Short Natural Gas Spread ETF HON Commodity 7638000
Horizons BetaPro NYMEX Long Natural Gas/Short Crude Oil Spread ETF HNO Commodity 12361500
Horizons BetaPro Winter-Term NYMEX Crude Oil ETF HUC Commodity 5070000
Horizons BetaPro Winter-Term NYMEX Natural Gas ETF HUN Commodity 3475000
Horizons BetaPro Comex Copper Bear Plus ETF HKD Commodity
Leveraged
5216650
Horizons BetaPro Comex Copper Bull Plus ETF HKU Commodity
Leveraged
4805075
Horizons BetaPro COMEX Gold Bullion Bear Plus ETF HBD Commodity
Leveraged
4595500
Horizons BetaPro COMEX Gold Bullion Bull Plus ETF HBU Commodity
Leveraged
75926900
Horizons BetaPro COMEX Silver Bear Plus ETF HZD Commodity
Leveraged
3024000
Horizons BetaPro COMEX Silver Bull Plus ETF HZU Commodity
Leveraged
10230500
Horizons BetaPro NYMEX Crude Oil Bear Plus ETF HOD Commodity
Leveraged
35130200
Horizons BetaPro NYMEX Crude Oil Bull Plus ETF HOU Commodity
Leveraged
592141200
Horizons BetaPro NYMEX Natural Gas Bear Plus ETF HND Commodity
Leveraged
43544800
Horizons BetaPro NYMEX Natural Gas Bull Plus ETF HNU Commodity
Leveraged
539477400
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