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This exchange-traded note is the only pure play option out there for investors looking to gain exposure to cotton prices. As such, BAL doesn't make much sense for those with a long-term focus but can be a nice tool for investors looking to be on short term movements in cotton prices. A couple items to note: BAL is an ETN, meaning that investors are exposed to the credit risk of the issuing institution. Also, BAL won't provide exposure to spot prices, but rather to the performance of a future-based index. Investors seeking broad commodity exposure would be better off with DBC or USCI, but for those seeking pure play cotton exposure BAL is the only game in town.
The adjacent table gives investors an individual Realtime Rating for BAL on several different metrics, including liquidity, expenses, performance, volatility, dividend, concentration of holdings in addition to an overall rating. The "A+ Metric Rated ETF" field, available to ETFdb Pro members, shows the ETF in the Agricultural Commodities with the highest Metric Realtime Rating for each individual field. To view all of this data, sign up for a free 14-day trial for ETFdb Pro. To view information on how the ETFdb Realtime Ratings work, click here.View the Category Report
The following tables and charts contain in-depth metrics for this ETF and compare it to similar peer ETFs within its ETFdb.com Category.
This section compares how balanced and deep this ETF is relative to the peer group ETFdb.com Category.
This section compares the cost efficiency of this ETF to peers in the same ETFdb.com Category.
This ETF is not currently available for commission free trading on any platforms.
There are 5 other ETFs in the Agricultural Commodities ETFdb.com Category that are also eligible for commission free trading:
BAL does not have an ESG score. There are no ESG themes that map to this ETF.
This section shows how this ETF has performed relative to its peer group ETFdb.com Category.
This section compares the fund flows of this ETF to peers in the same ETFdb.com Category.
The following charts can be customized to display historical performance in a number of different formats, including line charts, bar charts, and candlesticks. Time periods can be adjusted to increase or decrease the period shown, ranging from five minutes to several months.
The following chart also includes the option to compare the performance of BAL relative to other ETFs and benchmarks or to include indicators such as Bollinger Bands, relative strength, and moving averages.
This section shows how the volatility of this ETF compares to the peer group ETFdb.com Category.