GSC (Goldman Sachs Connect GSCI ETN) follows the S&P GSCI Enhanced Commodity Total Return Strategy Index which uniquely is a long only investment in a broad basket of commodity futures contracts. The fund was launched in July 2007. The expense ratio is 1.25%. AUM equal $76 million and average daily trading volume is less than 12K shares. As of mid-August 2011 the YTD return was 1.03%.

 

DJCI (UBS DJ-UBS Commodity ETN) follows the Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Total Index which is ... The fund was launched in October 2009. The expense ratio is .50%. AUM equal $25 million and average daily trading volume is less than 5K shares. As of mid-August 2011 the YTD return was -1.52%.

DPU (PowerShares/DB Commodity Long ETN) follows the Deutsche Bank Liquid Commodity Index which, sad to say, is an index shrouded in mystery since it's details are impossible to find. The fund was launched in April 2008. The expense ratio is .75%. AUM equals $7.5 million and average daily trading volume is less than 2K shares. As of mid-August 2011 the YTD return was 2.25%.

There's a rapidly expanding series of direct commodity ETFs and ETNs especially when inflation pressures wax and wane. We've chosen to feature some that may be repetitive but clearly have something to offer as well.

One thing seems clear when viewing many of these ETFs are the similar trend patterns many have presented. This is primarily due to globalization but also is the result of easy monetary conditions throughout the developed world allowing for higher prices for many commodities despite misleading official inflation data.  

To see these stocks in action visit the Top 10 Commodity Tracking ETFs portfolio on Stockpickr.

For further information about portfolio structures using this or other ETFs see www.etfdigest.com .

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(Source for holding data is from ETF Database and from various sponsors.)
This commentary comes from an independent investor or market observer as part of TheStreet guest contributor program. The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of TheStreet or its management.

Dave Fry is founder and publisher of ETF Digest, Dave's Daily blog and the best-selling book author of Create Your Own ETF Hedge Fund, A DIY Strategy for Private Wealth Management, published by Wiley Finance in 2008. A detailed bio is here: Dave Fry.

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