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King of Wrong Timing

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That would be me.

On the 31st of March 2020 I wrote a post, how to play the comeback, https://lifeandequities.wordpress.com/2020/03/21/how-to-play-the-comeback-in-equity/ and in June 2020 No More Fear – https://lifeandequities.wordpress.com/2020/06/08/no-more-fear/

In life, I am quite averse to leverage, loans and such. But recommended taking a leveraged bet on reversal of certain ETFs in certain industries (many months later after until September 2020- Dr. Fauci was saying – we may never make a medicine/vaccine). In fact, the normality was so certain to me that I thought of buying ETFs that would grow 3X the normal ETF. They work by buying underlying swaps. If the index goes 1x per day the ETFs go 3X. They tend to work best when there isn’t daily ups-downs – i.e. volatility drag – but they work remarkably well when there are 70-80% up days and 20%-30% down days. And they tend to work for short term – few months. My recommendations were $TPOR $BNKU $FAS $NAIL $DFEN $FNGU, $DPST

These 3X ETFs – leveraged ETFs – were new to me – they can lose 50% value in a week or gain 100% in very volatile week. In fact DPST ETF went from 50$ to 100$ about 8 times from March – September. I held them only for 5 months from March – July, but most of the gains were made from October 2020 – Feb 2021.

Whilst I did not make outsized gains of 400-500% that could have been made its a good tool (3X ETF) in future industry specific cycles.

800% up
500% up
50$ to 100$ about 8 times, then 500%
1000% up

But now is exactly NOT the time to buy the 3X Industry Long ETFs. As Munger said, “have an assorted collection of tools to be used at the right time”. Leveraged industry specific ETFs are attractive tool in the arsenal when a specific industry is reflective of despondent sentiment.

Written by amitdipsite

March 12, 2021 at 7:34 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Dear Amit, Greetings from Chennai. Thanks for your guidance.  Cheers, Paddy

    Padmanabhan Raman

    March 14, 2021 at 2:59 pm

  2. Very insightful article. Very useful tips on leveraged ETFs. I expect the ETFs that you recommended in this article to be investors’ favourites in the coming days, wouldn’t you agree? Especially with money moving from growth to value?

    Vinay Utham, Ph.D.

    March 29, 2021 at 3:35 am


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