Gain Inverse Exposure to the S&P 500 with This ETF

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The ProShares UltraPro Short S&P500 (SPXU) seeks daily investment results, before fees and expenses, that correspond to three times the inverse (-3x) of the daily performance of the S&P 500. 

SPXU allows investors to bet against the S&P 500, ratcheting up the leverage to provide 3x inverse exposure to the widely followed index. Due to the effects of compounding, the fund is not designed to be held for an extended period of time. These effects may be more pronounced in funds with larger or inverse multiples and in funds with greater volatility.

The fund typically enjoys very strong liquidity, which is paramount for a product of this nature. Investors should monitor their holdings frequently, and consult the prospectus for further details on the calculation of the returns and the risks associated with investing in this product. 

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The ETF has almost $700 million in assets under management, a 0.05% spread and a 0.91% expense ratio, meaning it is more expensive to hold relative to other exchange-traded funds. It currently trades at just over $28 a share and has a 1.69% yield. Its next distribution date is March 25.

ProShares UltraPro Short S&P500 has an MSCI ESG Fund Rating of A based on a score of 6.58 out of 10. The MSCI ESG Fund Rating measures the resiliency of portfolios to long-term risks and opportunities arising from environmental, social, and governance factors. ESG Fund Ratings range from best (AAA) to worst (CCC).

To sum up, SPXU provides (-3x) exposure to a market-cap weighted index of 500 of the largest and most liquid U.S. companies. However, I urge interested investors to, as with any investment, conduct their own due diligence in deciding whether this fund is right for their individual portfolio needs and goals.

As always, I am happy to answer any of your questions about ETFs, so do not hesitate to send me an email. You just may see your question answered in a future ETF Talk.

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