Commodities Sector Has Many Access Points With ETFs | ETF Trends

Exchange traded fund (ETF) investors have the most simple and diversified tool to access commodities at their disposal.

The commodity expansion taking place is evidenced by people passed out from sticker shock in the bread aisle at your local grocery store, food riots and rationing in certain countries (including here) and barren tractor showrooms in the midwestern United States, reports Dow Jones Newswires.

ETFs are one quick and diversified way to get in, and commodity funds come in various shapes and sizes. Some hold futures, others hold stock for companies involved in the making of commodities and others are exchange traded notes (ETNs).

Demand for the agricultural items are exceeding supply leading many investors to opportunity. ETFs such as PowerShares DB Agriculture (DBA), which holds futures, is up 11.4% year-to-date. Market Vectors Global Agribusiness (MOO) holds the stock of some of the world’s biggest agriculture companies.

Among the agriculture ETNs available are Elements Rogers International Commodity Agriculture (RJA) and the Opta Lehman Brothers Commodity Agriculture (EOH).