Leveraged ETF Ticker Symbols – All the 2X and 3X Return Info You Need

by Darwin on August 21, 2009

Leveraged ETFs returning 2X and now, 3X the daily returns of various sectors, indices and commodities are all the rage now for both investors and regulators.  While there is ample information out there warning about some of the leveraged ETFs risks (read to understand why I’ve dubbed them the Riskiest ETFs on Earth), there are still certainly appropriate uses by retail and sophisticated investors as long as they are familiar with these risks and take appropriate measures to mitigate/hedge those risks (such as overlaying with a stock option strategy).  As such, I wanted to provide a comprehensive list of all the leveraged ETFs that exist today with an easily referenced ticker symbol list.  Inevitably, you’ll be reading about leveraged ETF lawsuits before long, as well as proposed regulation and other measures to “protect us from ourselves”.  I think by now, there is ample information out there warning retail investors about the prospective risks of utilizing these daily rebalancing ETFs, especially when held over the long term – and the companies themselves publicize the risks prominently on their websites and in the prospectus, but not it’s never enough to satiate a litigious investor looking at a substantial loss.  For now, which the financial innovation continues and with an additional tool in the trader’s arsenal, it’s worth knowing what’s out there.

To my knowledge, the only companies offering leveraged ETFs are Direxion and Proshares, offering the 3X and 2X daily return ETFs, respectably.  I’ve also listed out a niche US Home Price ETF pair at the bottom of this article as well.  As new leveraged ETFs are added (which I’m sure they’re not done yet), I’ll be sure to update the list.  As such, just bookmark this page, stumble it, or do whatever it is you do to categorize your favs so you can come back to this when you want to catch a quick market move, hedge some personal risk or whatever it is you find leveraged ETFs to be useful for.

3X ETFs – Long

BGU      Large Cap Bull 3x Shares
MWJ     Mid Cap Bull 3x Shares
TNA     Small Cap Bull 3x Shares
ERX     Energy Bull 3x Shares
FAS     Financial Bull 3x Shares
DRN     Real Estate Bull 3x Shares
TYH     Technology Bull 3X Shares
DZK     Developed Markets Bull 3X Shares
EDC     Emerging Markets Bull 3X Shares
TYD     10-Year Treasury Bull 3x Shares
TMF     30-Year Treasury Bull 3x Shares

3X ETFs – Short

BGZ     Large Cap Bear 3x Shares
MWN     Mid Cap Bear 3x Shares
TZA     Small Cap Bear 3x Shares
ERY     Energy Bear 3x Shares
FAZ     Financial Bear 3x Shares
DRV     Real Estate Bear 3x Shares
TYP     Technology Bear 3X Shares
DPK     Developed Markets Bear 3X Shares
EDZ     Emerging Markets Bear 3x Shares
TYO     10-Year Treasury Bear 3x Shares
TMV     30-Year Treasury Bear 3x Shares

2X ETFs – Long

QLD     Ultra QQQ
DDM     Ultra Dow30
SSO     Ultra S&P500
UWC     Ultra Russell3000
MVV     Ultra MidCap400
SAA     Ultra SmallCap600
UWM     Ultra Russell2000
UPRO     UltraPro S&P500

UVG     Ultra Russell1000 Value
UKF     Ultra Russell1000 Growth
UVU     Ultra Russell MidCap Value
UKW     Ultra Russell MidCap Growth
UVT     Ultra Russell2000 Value
UKK     Ultra Russell2000 Growth

UYM     Ultra Basic Materials
UGE     Ultra Consumer Goods
UCC     Ultra Consumer Services
UYG     Ultra Financials
RXL     Ultra Health Care
UXI     Ultra Industrials
DIG     Ultra Oil & Gas
URE     Ultra Real Estate
USD     Ultra Semiconductors
ROM     Ultra Technology
LTL     Ultra Telecommunications
UPW     Ultra Utilities

UCD     Ultra DJ-UBS Commodity
UCO     Ultra DJ-UBS Crude Oil
UGL     Ultra Gold
AGQ     Ultra Silver

ULE     Ultra Euro
YCL     Ultra Yen

EFO     Ultra MSCI EAFE
EET     Ultra MSCI Emerging Markets
XPP     Ultra FTSE/Xinhua China 25
EZJ     Ultra MSCI Japan

2X ETFs – Short

QID     UltraShort QQQ
DXD     UltraShort Dow30
SDS     UltraShort S&P500
TWQ     UltraShort Russell3000
MZZ     UltraShort MidCap400
SDD     UltraShort SmallCap600
TWM     UltraShort Russell2000
SPXU     UltraPro Short S&P500

SJF     UltraShort Russell1000 Value
SFK     UltraShort Russell1000 Growth
SJL     UltraShort Russell MidCap Value
SDK     UltraShort Russell MidCap Growth
SJH     UltraShort Russell2000 Value
SKK     UltraShort Russell2000 Growth

SMN     UltraShort Basic Materials
SZK     UltraShort Consumer Goods
SCC     UltraShort Consumer Services
SKF     UltraShort Financials
RXD     UltraShort Health Care
SIJ     UltraShort Industrials
DUG     UltraShort Oil & Gas
SRS     UltraShort Real Estate
SSG     UltraShort Semiconductors
REW     UltraShort Technology
TLL     UltraShort Telecommunications
SDP     UltraShort Utilities

EFU     UltraShort MSCI EAFE
EEV     UltraShort MSCI Emerging Markets
EPV     UltraShort MSCI Europe
JPX     UltraShort MSCI Pacific ex-Japan
BZQ     UltraShort MSCI Brazil
FXP     UltraShort FTSE/Xinhua China 25
EWV     UltraShort MSCI Japan
SMK     UltraShort MSCI Mexico Investable Mkt

PST     UltraShort 7-10 Year Treasury
TBT     UltraShort 20+ Year Treasury

CMD     UltraShort DJ-UBS Commodity
SCO     UltraShort DJ-UBS Crude Oil
GLL     UltraShort Gold
ZSL    UltraShort Silver

EUO     UltraShort Euro
YCS     UltraShort Yen

Short ETF Pairs Trading Strategy

Since leveraged ETFs tend to decline in value over time due to daily rebalancing, I’ve shared the results of my dual-pair inverse Short ETF Strategy.  The results are astounding.  In any market, I’ve both backtested and personally achieved double digit gains with no direct correlation to the underlying index.

Home Price ETFs

While they’re a bit of a different animal, there are the only two closest matches to the US Housing Market proxies in the Case-Shiller Up and Down ETFs which are leveraged as well.  Check out this review of Case-Shiller Home Price ETFs if interested in hedging your personal real estate or speculating on where the housing market goes from here, but just be mindful that real estate is local and there is no instrument representing your specific locale.

Disclosure:  I am currently engaged in various proprietary trading strategies employing leveraged ETFs.

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1 Kevin September 22, 2009 at 5:31 pm

I think we might have a short-term rally in the dollar soon… no 2x/3x dollar ETFs huh?
.-= Kevin´s last blog ..Is A Completely Free Market, True Capitalism, Bad For The Little Guy? =-.

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2 Darwin September 23, 2009 at 7:44 am

Actually, the Euro and Yen ETFs above are 2x Long, Short. Give them a shot!

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3 Cliff November 25, 2009 at 6:03 pm

Thanks for compiling this list. Have there been any additions to it since you originally created the list on 8/21/09? Do you know of a good source to keep up-to-date on leveraged ETFs that are about to be and/or have just been created? Many thanks in advance for your help here…

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4 Darwin November 25, 2009 at 10:28 pm

Hi Cliff,
I keep track of them and haven’t seen any added since initial publication. If you want to stay on top of new ETFs in general or leveraged ETFs, feel free to subscribe here via email or RSS options in upper right. Additionally, you may want to check out these new ETF articles:

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5 Curt February 27, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Hi Darwin,

Just to let you know, the UPRO ETF is actually a 3x on the SP-500, not a 2x as you listed above. As of today, ProShares as five 3x ETFs on the major indexes. See:
http://www.proshares.com/funds/#sort=Name&direction=asc&tab=overview&fundGroup=ultra1x,ultra3x

Thanks for making this list! I’ve been maintaining my own list with this information and it’s good to cross check to someone else’s.

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6 Global 34 September 14, 2010 at 5:30 am

Thanks for the interesting article and the list has helped me sort through the leveraged ETF universe. It has been difficult to find positive information and comments about leveraged ETFs. I am currently working on a speculative trading strategy that only trades 3x Leveraged ETFs for smaller account appreciation. If anyone is interested you can check it out at my webpage. .

thanks,
Global 34

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7 JBrown September 2, 2011 at 4:44 pm

I tried to place a short sell order with Schwab on a number of these ETFs and in every case it gave me an error saying “This stock is either ineligible to be shorted or shares must be borrowed externally.” So either everybody is jumping on this bandwagon or Schwab is cashing in by shorting all leveraged ETF shares that their clients own! Either way, I’m out of luck.

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