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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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Rules 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 Oct. 10 to Oct. 15, the Direxion Daily S&P 500 Bull 3x ETF (NYSEARCA:SPXL) collapsed 10.07%. But from Oct. 15 through today, SPXL soared 13.40%. That’s a breathtaking swing of 23.47% from negative to positive gains in just a matter of two weeks!

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