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Five ETF Strategies For A Sideways Market

by on June 10, 2011 | Updated July 9, 2014

Most investors have a pretty good idea which ETFs will perform well in bull markets (generally any type of risky asset, including equities and commodities) and which will perform well in bear markets (low risk bonds and inverse equity ETFs, among other asset classes). But finding products that have the potential to deliver meaningful gains when equity markets are moving sideways can be a more challenging task. [click to continue…]


Direxion, one of the leading issuers of leveraged ETFs, announced reverse splits for six of its 3x bear funds. Five of the leveraged products will undergo 1-for-5 reverse splits for shareholders of record after the close of the markets on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011:

  • Daily Financial Bear 3x Shares (FAZ)
  • Daily Large Cap Bear 3x Shares (BGZ)
  • Daily Mid Cap Bear 3x Shares (MWN)
  • Daily Developed Markets Bear 3x Shares (DPK)
  • Daily Semiconductor Bear 3x Shares (SOXS)

Additionally, the Daily Small Cap Bear 3x Shares (TZA) will undergo a reverse 1-for-3 split. Each of the six ETFs will be assigned a new CUSIP following the reverse splits.

Disclosure: No positions at time of writing.

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This year has been a frustrating one for investors, as equity markets came racing out of the gate only to lose steam as much anticipated job creation failed to materialize and much of the developed world found itself facing a massive credit crunch. Every development that seemingly indicates a robust recovery–such as the impressive earnings […]

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After a few speed bumps early in 2010, ETFs are back on track and traveling full steam ahead. In the first three months of 2010, nearly 60 new ETFs have been launched, which is already equivalent to nearly half funds to hit the market over the course of 2009.  The recent SEC decision to halt approval on products using derivatives may slow this pace a […]

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Direxion, the pioneer of 3x and -3x daily leveraged ETFs in the U.S., is going international. Beginning on March 31, six Direxion Shares Daily ETFs will be listed on the Amsterdam market of NYSE Euronext, significantly expanding the base of investors with access to these products. The Direxion ETFs available on this market include daily […]

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How To Fix the Leveraged ETF Mess

by on June 26, 2009 | Updated August 12, 2009

Leveraged ETFs have quickly become the hot-button issue in the ETF industry, dividing investors and observers into two distinct camps. On the one side are sophisticated day traders who believe these funds, which use derivatives and other complex financial instruments to provide amplified daily returns on a target index, are the greatest thing since sliced bread. And on […]

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ProShares, known for pioneering short and 2x leveraged and inverse leveraged ETFs, is once again blazing a new trail in the ETF industry. The fund family has filed for approval from the SEC to launch two new ETFs, a 3x S&P 500 fund and a 3x inverse S&P 500 fund. ProShares‘ proposed funds would be the […]

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In the week during which the Obama administration will unveil details surrounding its plan to revamp the regulation of the U.S. financial sector, calls for increased oversight of the ETF industry are picking up steam as well. Scott Burns, director of ETF Analysis at Morningstar, recently laid out a case for increased regulatory requirements for ETFs […]

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Leveraged ETFs are among the most actively-traded securities on any market in the world today, with some turning over several times daily and maintaining average investor holding periods of less than an hour. And their popularity appears to be on the rise, as these funds regularly top the list of monthly ETF inflows released by […]

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