George Costanza at it Again: The Leveraged ETF Episode
5 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2020
Date Written: April 16, 2020
In understanding how leveraged ETFs perform, we’ll uncover an important lesson relevant to all investing: how your choice of investment size can be more important than your choice of investment. To summarize, highly leveraged long and short ETFs provide a perfect illustration of how overly-aggressive investment sizing can turn a good trade into a losing one. An investor who borrows money to take a leveraged position in an asset will need to keep trading the asset in order to maintain a constant level of leverage as the asset price fluctuates.
Keywords: ETFs, SPXS, SPXL, leveraged ETFs
JEL Classification: B12, B16, B20, C00, C10, C11, C50, C57, C73, D03, D81, D83, E00, G00, G02, G11, G12, G14, G17, G23
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