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Entering Tuesday, the S&P 500 was sporting a year-to-date gain of nearly 3%. Data suggest traders are embracing inverse ETFs, including the ProShares Short S&P500 (SH) , one of the largest and most heavily traded inverse exchange traded funds in the U.S. Rather, the ProShares product is designed to deliver the daily inverse performance of the S&P 500.
The S&P 500 is rallying to start 2019, but some traders are expressing a different with the ProShares Short S&P500 (SH) , one of the largest and most heavily traded inverse exchange traded funds in the U.S. Rather, the ProShares product is designed to deliver the daily inverse performance of the S&P 500. For example, if the S&P 500 falls by 1% on a particular day, SH should rise by a similar amount.
As the equity market continues to pullback and more or less erase gains for the year, concerned investors can take on some exposure to bearish or inverse ETFs to hedge against further falls. For example, the ProShares Short S&P500 (SH) takes a simple inverse or -100% daily performance of the S&P 500 index. Alternatively, for the more aggressive trader, leveraged options include the ProShares UltraShort S&P500 ETF (SDS) , which tries to reflect the -2x or -200% daily performance of the S&P 500, the Direxion Daily S&P 500 Bear 3x Shares (SPXS) , which takes the -3x or -300% daily performance of the S&P 500, and ProShares UltraPro Short S&P 500 ETF (SPXU) , which also takes the -300% daily performance of the S&P 500.
Using inverse ETFs can offer a chance to make money even when the stock market is heading south. But how do they work and how safe are they?
The S&P 500 and the Dow Jones are in the red for the year while the Nasdaq is barely positive. Cash in on this situation with inverse ETFs.
With a contentious midterms election season coming up, many anticipate a split government that could potentially impact the way ETF investors ride the markets ahead. Some expectations point to Democrats winning back the House of Representatives and the Republicans maintaining a narrow hold on the Senate - Republicans currently dominate both chambers. "If the consensus expectation of a divided government turns out to be correct, the most likely political consequences would be an increase in investigations and uncertainty surrounding fiscal deadlines," David Kostin, Goldman's chief U.S. equity strategist, said in a note.
While investors may be questioning their equity exposure after the recent bout of volatility, U.S. stock ETFs may still find support from strong fundamentals. Sam Stovall, Chief Investment Strategist of U.S. Equity Strategy at CFRA, pointed out in a recent research note that since October, the S&P 500 has witnessed a 40% surge in average intra-day volatility, compared to the first nine months of the year.
Historically, the Dow Jones Industrial Average returned an average 0.6% over October, which has made it the seventh-best month of the year. The S&P 500 typically added 0.9% over October, which is also good enough for seventh place, with the same ratio of positive October months to negative ones as the Dow. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite Index's October was historically the eighth-best month of the year, going back 46 years.
The stock market has been on an upswing for a number of years, although it has been particularly volatile lately as trade war fears have heated up, suggesting that this might be the right time to consider bear market inverse ETFs.
Citigroup analysts, according to a recent note, are predicting a full-on bear market before the end of the year, based on historical trends. If indeed that proves to be true – and the multi-year bull market is set to pause, or at least slow down – then it may be time to consider diversifying your portfolio with products that soar when the market slips.
Investors are turning to the options market to hedge bets ahead of the U.S. midterm elections. ETF investors can also plan for potential political risk ahead with bearish or inverse exchange traded funds. The fall months have traditional been a seasonally volatile period for the equity market, and this year, the midterm elections on November 6 will add to the uncertainty as voters head to the polls and determine whether Republicans will maintain control over Congress or lose ground to Democrats, writes Gunjan Banerji for the Wall Street Journal.
On average, September has become the stock market’s worst month. While such a panic has not occurred so far this year, the recent rise in the S&P 500 Volatility Index (INDEXCBOE:VIX) has aroused concern among some investors. Because of historical patterns, many investors leave the stock market entirely for fear of a September slump.
Equity investors who are wary of any further swings can look to alternative ETF strategies to limit the potential risks. According to data from "Stock Trader's Almanac," the month of September has been the worst performing month of the year for the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 since 1950, the worst for the Nasdaq since 1971, and the most difficult for the Russell 1000 and Russell 2000 since 1979, CNBC reports.
Exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, have become a popular way to invest in assets. Investors should look at exchange-traded funds as a hybrid between individual stocks and a mutual fund. ETFs give investors the diversification found in mutual funds yet behave and trade like a single stock.
Morgan Stanley's chief U.S. equity strategist Michael Wilson warned the equity market is heading toward a destructive phase, CNBC reports. "The Nasdaq could correct by 15 percent plus, the S&P 500 probably goes down about 10 [percent]," Wilson told CNBC.
ProShares, a premier provider of ETFs, today announced that Ben Fulton has been named to the role of Managing Director. As a member of senior management, Mr. Fulton will contribute to the firm’s strategy and growing its business. Mr. Fulton’s principal responsibilities will include overseeing the company’s tactical products business.
As the trade war rhetoric intensifies, some investors are concerned that the tensions could push the U.S. economy into a recession. "Our calculations suggest that a major trade war would lead to a significant reduction in growth," Michelle Meyer, U.S. economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, said in a note, according to CNBC. Concerns over a full blown trade war comes as President Donald Trump threatens more stringent tariffs aimed at both China and the European Union.