The Best and Worst Commodity ETFs of 2014

01/01/2015 7:00 am EST

Focus: ETFS

Jared Cummans, of ETFdb.com, shares a list of the best and the worst performing commodity ETFs of 2014 as well as his outlook for commodities in the new year.

It was a wild year for commodity ETFs, as a number of hard assets were all across the board for 2014. As an overall asset class, commodities took a back seat to equities, as the US bull market trudged on for a sixth year. Bonds also gobbled up some of the limelight with all eyes on the Fed and what would happen with interest rates. Still, a number of commodities poked their way through headlines with energy becoming a marked theme towards the end of the year.

To help investors get a better idea of how commodities performed over the year, we present the 10 best and worst commodity ETFs based on 2014 performance. Note that for this list we have excluded leveraged and inverse products.

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Coffee funds took two of the top three spots for 2014, as the commodity saw its price soar early in the year after supply continually failed to meet demand. The soft commodity has been relatively range-bound over the last few months, but its hot start to the year was enough to put it on the top of the list. Feeder cattle and live cattle futures both had strong 2014 outings, helping two livestock funds hit the top list. Finally, palladium rounds out the list as the only precious metal to turn in positive results this year.

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As was expected, energy dominated the worst performing commodity ETFs, as the last few months have been downright miserable for some assets. With global supply outdoing that of demand, crude oil has had an especially hard few months, which has infected the entire energy space and broad-based funds.

The Bottom Line

After another wild year, commodities will likely remain in the forefront for 2015 with energy leading the pack and popular metals like gold and silver not far behind.

By Jared Cummans, Contributor, ETFdb.com

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