With the S&P 500 up over 40% from its March 6 low, I thought it would be a good idea to take a quick look at 3x Leveraged Bullish Fund BGU and 3x Leveraged Fund BGZ for a chart and percentage comparison. Let’s see them in action!
3x Leveraged Bullish Fund BGU
What’s surprised me the most is how closely BGU has tracked with the Dow and S&P 500 and doesn’t seem to be as affected by the “percentage decay” that other leveraged funds have suffered (see BGZ below). It looks almost identical to the underlying index, despite being 3x leveraged. That’s rare in the leveraged fund world.
The one thing to watch is the glaring volume non-confirmation (or declining trend in volume) – volume spiked off the March 2009 lows at over 35 Million shares and now averages slightly above 10 Million – a significant drop-off.
Let’s compare the ‘chart perfection’ (in terms of tracking the underlying index) and now look at the Bearish Fund.
3x Leveraged Fund BGZ
This pattern is what we would expect with a 3x (or even 2x) leveraged fund – quick swing ups (quick percentage gains) as the underlying index moves in a favorable direction but then a collapse as the index moves (in this c case) higher.
The risk in these funds is holding for a long time and trying to get back to break-even, which will never happen.
Notice that the S&P 500 made a swing low in December 2008 near 750 as the 3x Leveraged Bear Fund peaked at $130. However, when the S&P 500 made the March 2009 low of 666, the BGZ traded at a lower high of $118. The expectation was for the leveraged fund to make a much higher high but it was not the case – herein lies a major flaw of leveraged funds.
Leveraged funds suffer from percentage decay… the best example being that if you lost 50% of your capital, you could not muster a 50% gain to get back to where you started – you would need a 100% gain on your remaining capital.…
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