ProShares UltraShort QQQ (QID) is one of the more popular ETFs of this kind and it tracks the Nasdaq 100, while returning twice its inverse performance. The ETF has $1 billion in assets, and returned 38.8% year-to-date, but it is against a -5.1% return over the past year, says Jesse Emspak for Investor’s Business Daily. It’s benefited from the decline of the Nasdaq, which is 2.3% below its Jan. 22 low.
Among the strongest of performers is the ProShares UltraShort Semiconductor (SSG) which has given investors 39.5% year-to-date, with a one-year return of 10.4%. The semiconductor industry has been ailing so far this year.
Investors should consider two things when considering short ETFs:
1) Markets tend to go up over the long run, so shorting ETFs are not a long-term investment.