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10 Commodity ETFs With Monster Inflows in 2012

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GLD, SLV, and UNG make the list.

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4. DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund (NYSEARCA:DBC)
  • 2012 Inflows: $869 million
  • Total Assets: $6.2 billion
  • Expense Ratio: 0.75%
  • YTD Performance: 6.7%
DBC is the staple commodities product as it aims to represent the most popular contracts in the world. A healthy jump in assets for this fund generally suggests a higher interest in commodities as a whole, which is always good news. It should be noted, however, that DBC carries a fair amount of energy exposure so it is not quite as diversified as some may think.

5. Market Vectors TR Gold Miners (NYSEARCA:GDX)
  • 2012 Inflows: $593
  • Total Assets: $10.5 billion
  • Expense Ratio: 0.53%
  • YTD Performance: 6.6%
Though it was not able to amass the same amount of assets as GDXJ, this fund was able to more than double the performance of its competitor. For the trailing five year period, the fund has jumped by more than 23% as investors have hopped on board with gold equities. A fund like GDX allows you to maintain indirect gold exposure with an equity spin.

6. iShares Silver Trust (NYSEARCA:SLV)
  • 2012 Inflows: $489 million
  • Total Assets: $10.9 billion
  • Expense Ratio: 0.50%
  • YTD Performance: 24.3%
As many are fully aware, silver is an extremely volatile metal. When things are good, SLV performs very well, but that process also works in reverse. Thus far, 2012 has been kind to this precious metal as SLV's monster performance may just prove Jim Rogers' call correct, as he has been adamant about liking silver over gold.

7. United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSEARCA:UNG)
  • 2012 Inflows: $248 million
  • Total Assets: $1.1 billion
  • Expense Ratio: 0.60%
  • YTD Performance: -23.7%
One of the most hated funds out there, UNG has still turned in a horrible YTD performance despite its massive rally earlier in the year. Natural gas finally caught some momentum this year after enduring a nosedive since the recession hit in 2008. Keep a close on the fund as the winter months roll around as NG demand tends to spike.

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