2013 was a great year for broad markets, as it was largely dominated by a relentless bull-run that saw equities touch all-time highs. However, while some assets prospered, the commodity world struggled. This was best evidenced by the DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund (DBC, A), which tracks futures on the 14 most popular commodities in the world; the fund sank more than 8% in 2013 while SPY jumped more than 26%. Many of the funds that struggled saw unfavorable supply and demand trends around the globe, while others suffered as investors rushed into white-hot equities. Still, a handful of products were able to come away with gains on the year.
Below, we break down the best and worst commodity ETFs of 2013 by YTD performance. Note that inverse and leveraged products have been excluded from this list: