As leveraged and inverse ETFs get more and more attention from the regulation agencies, below we provide a snapshot of the winners and losers in this unique group of ETFs so far in 2009. As shown, the 2x semiconductor ETF (NYSEARCA:USD) is up the most year to date with a gain of 86.4%. The 2x technology and 2x materials ETFs (ROM and UYM) rank second and third. The 2x silver ETF (NYSEARCA:AGQ) has also done well with a gain of 49.21%. The only inverse, or short, ETF on the list of big winners in 2009 is the double short 20+ year Treasury ETF (NYSEARCA:TBT).
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The triple short financial ETF (NYSEARCA:FAZ) takes the take for being the biggest loser in 2009. It's going to be hard for another one to beat it out on the downside at this point with a decline of 92.42%. The index that FAZ tracks is up 13% year to date. None of the biggest losers year to date are double long ETFs, which is a huge change from where things stood just a few months ago. Now, the double and triple short ETFs are the ones getting crushed.