Do ETF/ETNs invest directly in futures or forex? Or do they just invest in stocks and bonds?

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    There are also ETFs that physically hold commodities such as gold, silver, platinum, palladium, etc.
    – Flux
    Commented Aug 24, 2021 at 2:41

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ETFs that track currency movements are called currency ETFs. The simplest currency ETFs hold their foreign currency in a bank account.


Many synthetic ETFs use futures to track the price of an underlying. This is common in commodities ETFs, especially for commodities that are difficult and/or expensive to store long-term. An example would be a crude oil ETF that holds NYMEX futures to track the price of crude oil.

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