List of Oil ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds)

Oil is perhaps the most politically important commodity in the world. Its price influences the growth of whole economies, and wars have been fought in the name of securing supplies. With the worries about Peak Oil increasing tensions in the energy industry, many speculators are beginning to place long term bets on an increase of the price of oil. One way that investors are gaining exposure to the various oil prices, is through oil ETFs and ETCs. These are exchange traded funds (or certificates) that trade in oil futures or similar derivatives. An investor can purchase shares in an ETF in the same way they can buy shares of a company. ETFs are available to buy and sell throughout the day during trading hours, providing ample liquidity provided the fund is large enough.

Below I have compiled a list of known oil ETFs to aid your research into commodity exposure and investment. We don’t necessarily recommend or promote the use of these products, please read our disclaimer.

List of Oil ETFs

United States 12 Month Oil Fund – (Ticker USL)

United States Brent Oil Fund – (Ticker BNO)

United States Heating Oil Fund – (Ticker UHN)

United States Short Oil Fund – (Ticker DNO)

United States Oil Fund – (Ticker USO)

FactorShares 2X Oil Bull/S&P 500 Bear ETF – (Ticker FOL)

Goldman Sachs Crude Oil Total Return ETN – (Ticker OIL)

PowerShares DB Crude Oil Double Short ETN – (Ticker DTO)

PowerShares DB Crude Oil Long ETN – (Ticker OLO)

PowerShares DB Crude Oil Short ETN – (Ticker SZO)

PowerShares DB Oil Fund – (Ticker DBO)

ProShares Ultra DJ-AIG Crude Oil ETF – (Ticker UCO)

ProShares UltraShort DJ-AIG Crude Oil ETF – (Ticker SCO)

Teucrium WTI Crude Oil Fund – (Ticker CRUD)

ETFS Brent 1mth Sterling ETF – (Ticker OLBP-LSE)

ETFS Brent 1yr ETF – (Ticker OSB1-LSE)

ETFS Brent 2yr ETF – (Ticker OSB2-LSE)

ETFS Brent 3yr ETF – (Ticker OSB3-LSE)

ETFS Brent Oil ETF – (Ticker OILB-LSE)

ETFS Crude Oil ETF – (Ticker CRUD-LSE)

ETFS Forward Crude Oil ETC ETF – (Ticker FCRU-LSE

ETFS Forward Heating Oil ETF – (Ticker HEAF-LSE

ETFS Forward Petroleum ETF – (Ticker FPET-LSE

ETFS Heating Oil ETF – (Ticker HEAT-LSE)

ETFS Leveraged Crude Oil ETF – (Ticker LOIL-LSE)

ETFS Leveraged Heating Oil ETF – (Ticker LHEA-LSE)

ETFS Leveraged Petroleum ETF – (Ticker LPET-LSE)

ETFS Petroleum ETF – (Ticker AIGO-LSE)

ETFS Short Crude Oil ETF – (Ticker SOIL-LSE)

ETFS Short Heating Oil ETF – (Ticker SHEA-LSE)

ETFS Short Petroleum ETF – (Ticker SPET-LSE)

ETFS WTI 1yr ETF – (Ticker OSW1-LSE)

ETFS WTI 2mth Sterling ETF – (Ticker OLWP-LSE)

ETFS WTI 2yr ETF – (Ticker OSW2-LSE)

ETFS WTI 3yr ETF – (Ticker OSW3-LSE)

ETFS WTI Oil ETF – (Ticker OILW-LSE)

Horizons BetaPro NYMEX Crude Oil Bear Plus ETF – (Ticker HOD-TSX)

Horizons BetaPro NYMEX Crude Oil Bull Plus ETF – (Ticker HOU-TSX)

Horizons BetaPro NYMEX Crude Oil Inverse ETF – (Ticker HIO-TSX)

NYMEX Long Crude Oil/Short Natural Gas Spread ETF – (Ticker HON-TSX)

NYMEX Long Natural Gas/Short Crude Oil Spread ETF – (Ticker HNO-TSX)

Winter-Term NYMEX Crude Oil ETF – (Ticker HUC-TSX)

You’ll notice that out of all the commodities that are featured on How to Invest In Commodities, oil has by far the great variety of ETFs. This is due to the fact that oil is traded as several different types (E.g. Brent Crude, WTI Crude, Heating Oil). Also, unlike precious metals, oil tends to trend for shorter period of time. This increases the relevancy of ‘bearish’ or ‘short’ ETFs that allow you to profit if oil falls in value. The different ETFs above may track different indexes, invest in different futures and some will be more effective at tracking the spot price of oil closely.

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