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ETF Awards: Best, Worst and What to Watch in 2014

By Eric Balchunas - 2013-12-19T16:50:25Z

Photograph by Andrew Burton/Getty Images

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Best Commodities ETF

United States Brent Oil Fund LP (BNO)

Nearly every commodity fund was down for the year. BNO was an outlier, returning 5.1 percent, edging out its fraternal twin, the United States Oil Fund LP (USO). While USO is a play on U.S. oil, BNO holds futures contracts for oil that comes from overseas, making it a benchmark for Middle Eastern oil. Geopolitical tensions such as the turmoil in Syria helped performance, along with tight supply in markets outside the U.S. 

The Worst Commodities ETF honors go to the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD). In 2013, it went from the second-largest ETF to the eighth-largest, as gold prices fell 26 percent and it lost $24 billion.