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There’s more than one way to invest in copper. In addition to stocks, investors can gain exposure through copper ETFs and ETNs.

There’s more than one way to invest in copper. In addition to buying shares of copper stocks, investors can gain exposure through copper ETFs or copper ETNs.

For the uninitiated, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are securities that trade like stocks on an exchange, but track an index, commodity, bonds or a basket of assets like an index fund.

In the case of base metal copper, an ETF can track specific groups of copper-focused companies, as well as copper futures contracts or even physical copper.


Exchange-traded notes (ETNs) are similar to ETFs in that they track an underlying asset and trade like stocks on an exchange, but they are different from ETFs in some ways.

Specifically, ETNs are more like bonds — they are unsecured debt notes issued by an institution, and can be held to maturity or bought and sold at will. The main disadvantage to be aware of is that investors risk total default if an ETN’s underwriter goes bankrupt.

The copper price is rising on structural supply deficits and strong copper demand fundamentals, and many investors are wondering how to take advantage of this good news in the copper market.

Here the Investing News Network presents two copper ETFs and one copper ETN that may be worth considering.

Copper ETFs

1. United States Copper Index Fund (ARCA:CPER)

The United States Copper Index Fund aims to give investors exposure to a portfolio of copper futures without using a commodity futures account. It tracks the performance of the SummerHaven Copper Index Total Return (INDEXNYSEGIS:SCITR), which is calculated based on certain copper futures contracts selected on a monthly basis.

2. Global X Copper Miners ETF (ARCA:COPX)

The Global X Copper Miners ETF tracks the Solactive Global Copper Miners Index, which covers copper exploration companies, developers and producers. Some of the top holdings in the fund include Ivanhoe Mines (TSX:IVN,OTCQX:IVPAF), OZ Minerals (ASX:OZL,OTC Pink:OZMLF) and Freeport-McMoRan (NYSE:FCX).

Copper ETN

3. iPath Series B Bloomberg Copper Subindex Total Return ETN (ARCA:JJC)

The iPath Series B Bloomberg Copper Subindex Total Return ETN provides exposure to the Bloomberg Copper Subindex Total Return. According to the ETF Database, "For investors seeking exposure to copper beyond physical exposure or through a mining firm, JJC is the only pure play choice available."

This is an updated version of an article originally published by the Investing News Network in 2015.

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Securities Disclosure: I, Melissa Pistilli, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.

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