The Market Access Rogers International Commodity Index UCITS ETF (RICI) is one of Europe’s longest-established and broadest commodity ETFs. It was launched in 2006 and is listed in Frankfurt, Zurich and on the London Stock Exchange.

The ETF tracks the Rogers International Commodity Index® (RICIGLTR), a US dollar-denominated total return index of commodities consumed in the global economy, ranging from agricultural to energy to metal products. The Index provides exposure to 38 different exchange-traded commodities, through futures contracts quoted in four currencies, listed on 10 exchanges in four countries.

RICIGLTR is calculated on a total return basis, meaning that it includes an assumed interest rate return based on the USD 3-month T-bill rate.

Reasons to consider the RICI and broad commodity exposure

  • RICI has the broadest range of constituents among major commodity benchmarks
  • A broad index provides a potential hedge against rising inflation risks
  • Themes: base metals are key to the clean energy transition
  • Themes: climate change impacts agriculture and energy demand
  • Oil and gold provide a potential hedge against geopolitical risks


Source: Market Access, Bloomberg. Past performance should not be used as an indicator of future performance.

Discrete annual performance to 29 September 2023 (in GBP)

Sep 18 - Sep 19Sep 19 - Sep 20Sep 20 - Sep 21Sep 21 - Sep 22Sep 22 - Sep 23
Jim Rogers International Commodity Index (GBP)-3.29%-18.18%49.61%43.03%-2.94%
Spot Gold (GBP)31.04%21.82%-10.65%14.03%1.92%
FTSE 100 Index-1.36%-20.82%20.80%-2.72%10.36%
FTSE NAREIT All Equity REITS TR Index (GBP)27.92%-16.44%26.15%1.01%-10.01%
5 Yr Gilt Index0.78%0.23%0.20%1.53%3.93%

Source: Market Access, Bloomberg. Past performance should not be used as an indicator of future performance.

Five year returns to 29 September 2023 (in GBP)

5 YearRICIGLTR (GBP) GBP Gold Spot (XAU) FTSE 100 Index
Annualised performance10.44%10.64%0.26%
Annualised Volatility19.57%14.32%17.74%
Max Drawdown40.17%22.43%35.03%
Sharpe Ratio0.470.65-0.06

Source: Market Access, Bloomberg. Past performance should not be used as an indicator of future performance.

Commodities as an inflation hedge

Commodities, as key inputs in manufacturing and consumer staples, can be leading indicators of emerging inflation and exposure to them can serve to potentially hedge inflation risks.

Source: Market Access, Bloomberg. Past performance should not be used as an indicator of future performance.



Source: Target 2023 weights. Market Access, index issuer websites: RICI, Bloomberg Commodity Index, UBS CMCI, S&P GSCI. RICI - Rogers International Commodity Index (RICIGLTR), BCOM – Bloomberg Commodity index (BCOMTR), UBS CMCI Constant Maturity Commodity Index (CMCITR), S&P GSCI - S&P GSCI Index (SPGCGPTR).

RICI index background

James B. Rogers, Jr. designed the index in the late 1990s. His focus was to create an index that reflected global consumption of commodities.

This global focus differentiates the RICI from other commodity indices, meaning that it includes commodities like rice, rubber, white sugar and lumber.

There are 10 commodities in the RICI that are not included in the other three comparison benchmarks. They represent 8.05% of the index target weights.

Base metals – essential to the transition to clean energy

In the drive towards a net zero carbon economy, there will be a potentially significant uplift in demand for commodities that are critical in enabling the transition to clean energy. This includes nickel, which is one of the key materials used in batteries for electric vehicles.

Stated Policies Scenario, an indication of where the global energy system is heading based on a sector-by-sector analysis of today’s policies and policy announcements.

Sustainable Development Scenario, indicating what would be required in a trajectory consistent with meeting the Paris Agreement goals.

Source: International Energy Agency, The Role of Critical Minerals in Clean Energy Transitions, NTree International

Commodity in focus – Wheat

Source: Data as of 29 September 2023. Market Access, Bloomberg.

On July 17, 2023, Russia withdrew its participation in the Black Sea Grain Initiative1, which allowed Ukraine to export nearly 33 million tonnes of grain and other agricultural products from its Black Sea ports. The principal exports under the agreement were 8.9 million tonnes of wheat and 16.9 million tonnes of corn.

Despite Russia’s withdrawal from the Initiative, Ukraine has been able to export some grain via its Danube River ports, although these have been bombed several times in August 2023. With the blocking of exports via the Black Sea and attacks on export infrastructure, Ukraine is reviewing its options, including enhancements to overland routes, to maximise the amount of grain production that it is able to export.

Focusing on wheat, the change in Russian policy has had little obvious price impact to date. Indeed, the outlook for wheat production in 2023/24 looks broadly positive, with a slightly higher level of production than in 2022/23 based on the USDA WASDE report2. The USDA is forecasting global 2023/24 production of 793.37 million tonnes versus an estimated 789.97 million tonnes in 2022/23. This is despite weather stress that is negatively affecting production in Canada, China and the EU.

Indeed, weather conditions could become a more significant factor for parts of the agricultural complex over the remainder of the year and into early 2024. This is because the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is currently in the El Niño phase. El Niño typically results in increased rainfall in regions such as Central Asia, southern North America, south-eastern South America, southern Europe, and southern and eastern China, while drier-than-average conditions tend to occur in areas such as Central America, northern South America, Southern Africa, India, Northern China, and Australia3.


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key features

Legal form UCITS ETF
ISIN LU0249326488
TER / OCF 0.60%
Domicile Luxembourg
Management Company FundRock Management Company S.A.
Investment Manager China Post Global (UK) Limited
Custodian and Administrator RBC Investor Services Bank S.A.
Replication Synthetic (swap with Barclays Bank Plc)
ISA / SIPP eligible Yes
UK Reporting Fund Status Yes