These 3 ETPs Are Getting Grilled

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It's grilling season, which can only mean one thing: Let's open the refrigerator and see which ETFs and ETNs are getting slaughtered, marinated, and grilled.

Here are the top three ETPs that are getting grilled on a year-to-date (YTD) basis.

Direxion Daily Gold Miners Bull 3X Shrs (NUGT - News) -90.25% ytd

Although the Great Gold Crash of 2013 (GLD - News) has captured media headlines everywhere, it's actually gold mining stocks (GDX - News) that have been really getting cooked. Over the past year, gold miners have slid almost 50% in value and are performing substantially worse than physical precious metals (GLTR - News). 

NUGT, which aims for 300% daily leverage to gold miners, has been nuked 90.25% since the beginning of the year.

Interestingly, analysts have been wrongly focused on "cheap" valuations in the mining sector instead of acknowledging the technical direction of gold stock prices which are leading indicator. 

Back in November 2012, Dennis "The Menace" Gartman told Money News "Gold is Good, bug Gold Stocks are Even Better." That toxic advice, for anyone who took it, has been nothing short of disastrous.

(We told our readers to do the exact reverse. In our Weekly ETF Picks on Feb. 14, we alerted our readers to buy the NUGT's opposite, the Direxion Daily Gold Miners Bear 3x Shrs (DUST - News). And today, it's no less the #1 performing ETF this year, up an incredible 305%.)

VelocityShares 3x Long Silver ETN (USLV - News) -79.24% ytd

Just like its sibling gold, silver (SLV - News) is in a bear market and prices have fallen 36% over the past six months. And that's why USLV, which aims for 300% leverage to silver, has been such an awful trade.

At around $5.50 per share, an announcement of a USLV 1-for-5 or 1-for-10 reverse split should be coming any day now.

On May 8, we told our readers to be short silver. Our #timestamped trades from that Weekly ETF Pick resulted in a 10% one-month gain in ZSL and a 290% on SLV put options, which are still open.

VelocityShares Daily 2x VIX ST ETN (TVIX - News) -67.26% ytd

Declining stock market volatility has taken the VIX (^VIX) toward multi-year lows, which has crushed ETF and ETN products like TVIX that are long the VIX with daily leverage.

TVIX may ring a bell, because back in March 2012 it lost around 60% in a matter of just two days. Without getting into the gory details of why TVIX blew up, let's just say it was a "wardrobe malfunction" by the issuer, Credit Suisse.  

Currently, TVIX, at $2.97, now trades in the same forsaken vicinity as Zynga (ZNGA - News).

Whenever we trade the VIX, we always stick with call/put options to avoid the operational problems and performance discrepancies associated with VIX ETPs. 

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