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Q&A: Why Can’t Leveraged ETFs be Bought and Held?

Dear ETFguide,

You and just about all the other ETF specialists are very adamant about using leveraged ETFs as short-term trades only.

Please comment about what I’ve done for a 5-year period of time that I’ve outlined below.

I’ve been investing in the ProShares 2X leveraged S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA:SSO).

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3 Tips for Trading Leveraged ETFs

If you think the stock market is a volatile place, you ought to get a load of ETFs that use leverage.

From Sep. 15 to Oct. 16, the ProShares Ultra 2x Dow 30 Fund (NYSEARCA:DDM) collapsed 10.22%. But from Oct. 16 through Nov. 14, DDM soared 19.50%. That’s a breathtaking swing of 29.72% from negative to positive gains in just a matter of two months!

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One Rally That Has Blindsided Wall Street’s Throngs

It seems nobody on Wall Street can stop talking about how the S&P 500 just breached its 200-day moving average for the first time since November 2012. From bedazzled TV anchors to nouveau bears, it’s suddenly everybody’s favorite chart, minus Abby Joseph Cohen.

The other chart nobody wants to discuss is the significant outperformance of long-term U.S.

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