WisdomTree Enhanced Commodity Technique Fund ETF (NYSEARCA:NYSEARCA:GCC) is a comparatively new commodity ETF that’s actively managed. Although its expense ratio may be very enticing, its brief monitor file discourages me to think about it for a long-term diversified portfolio proper now.
Additional, its efficiency has been underwhelming in comparison with returns of different actively managed ETFs on the market. And I can not discover every other redeeming high quality that will make the fund a horny choice.
That’s why I like to recommend traders study different funds for publicity to commodity markets. Regardless, I do consider that it’s worthwhile to keep watch over it and wait to see the way it performs in a unique market atmosphere in opposition to competing ETFs sooner or later.
What Does GCC Do?
GCC is an actively managed ETF that was issued by WisdomTree Belief on 12/21/2020 and is co-managed by WisdomTree Asset Administration, Inc. and Newton Funding Administration North America, LLC. Its objective is to offer traders with publicity to commodity markets.
Extra particularly, the fund allocates capital throughout the 4 following sectors:
- Industrial Metals
- Valuable Metals
Like many different commodity ETFs, GCC invests not directly in commodities by futures contracts. Not like others, the fund has allotted 2.54% of its portfolio to Bitcoin futures contracts and the issuer states that it might allocate as much as 5%; bear that in thoughts if you have already got publicity to Bitcoin. Proper now, the portfolio is generally uncovered to gold, crude oil, and copper.
Since its inception, the fund’s market value has elevated by 28.20%. Additional, the issuer reveals after-tax returns of 15.85% because the fund’s inception. Due to the very brief monitor file, I believe that the annualized outcomes is not going to convey something significant to traders. Due to this fact, I’ll proceed with a comparability between GCC and different commodity ETFs:
As you may see from the chart above, since GCC was launched, it has underperformed different actively managed commodity ETFs by a large margin. Sadly, there are not any redeeming elements right here as GCC had the largest most drawdown and highest correlation to the market since its inception.
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The one interesting side that the chart additionally hinted at is the comparatively low volatility of the fund. With an annualized customary deviation of 14.91%, it’s the least risky of the commodity ETFs above, intently adopted by the First Belief World Tactical Commodity Technique Fund (FTGC), which had the bottom most drawdown and was much less correlated to the market than GCC.
I don’t assume there’s any enchantment to GCC to date, although the long run bringing new financial environments for this younger fund might current some. For now, these looking for both low-volatility, interesting risk-adjusted returns, or long-term alpha in commodities can discover higher bets in some competing ETFs and ETNs.
For example, the Direxion Auspice Broad Commodity Technique ETF (COM) has delivered superior risk-adjusted returns in comparison with different commodity ETFs. Moreover, the iPath Pure Beta Broad Commodity ETN (BCM) has outperformed each comparable ETNs and ETFs over a protracted interval and its elimination of monitoring error is much more promising for long-term traders.
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GCC has an expense ratio of 0.55%, which seems to be like a good price for an actively managed fund. Surprisingly it has a small capital below administration when in comparison with different actively managed ETFs, a few of which cost as a lot as practically double the price.
That is primarily the rationale that I’m wanting ahead to seeing how the fund fares below a bigger number of financial situations in opposition to its opponents.
So as of significance, I’m itemizing essentially the most important dangers that, as an investor, I consider you ought to be conscious of before you purchase GCC:
- Sector Focus Threat: GCC is actively managed and the asset allocations are decided by the managers primarily based on the financial outlook and different elements. For that reason, at a sure level, the portfolio could also be concentrated in a specific commodity sector, akin to power, metals, livestock, and so forth.
- Cryptocurrency Threat: The fund might make investments as much as 5% in Bitcoin which is a extremely risky asset and would be the trigger for elevated portfolio volatility over time.
- Counterparty Threat: Since GCC will get publicity to commodities through futures contracts, there’s additionally counterparty threat.
- Commodity Threat: The fund is not directly uncovered to commodity costs that are affected by numerous elements akin to market occasions, political modifications, battle, and regulatory developments.
In conclusion, I consider it’s too early to pick GCC as a approach to get publicity to commodities. It was issued on the finish of 2020 and its monitor file is simply too brief for us to evaluate its efficiency.
On the identical time, after evaluating it to different actively managed commodity ETFs, it doesn’t current any enticing high quality. To date, it doesn’t compete with comparable choices in the case of both volatility, correlation, or returns.
For that reason, I believe that traders ought to contemplate different choices; not too long ago, I reviewed COM and BCM, a commodity ETF and ETN, respectively, each of that are good choices for a long-term horizon in my view.