1 Year Post-Crash: Biggest Winners and Losers by Country, Sector

by ETF Base on March 9, 2010

It was one year ago today that the complete capitulation of retail and institutional investors alike ended and on March 10, 2009, the money started pouring in again.  During that time, virtually all asset classes rocketed up with annual gains that haven’t been seen in decades.  For investors savvy enough to either stay the course or time the bottom, the realized triple digit gains in numerous ETFs.

I selected several top performing ETFs from various sectors, countries and included leveraged ETFs as well.  Note that leveraged ETFs only perform well during a sustained trend like what we saw from the bottoms and over long periods of time with just mild or low volatility, they lose money on both the long and short side due to daily rebalancing decay (explained here in Leveraged ETF Decay)

Biggest Winners Overall (all leveraged)

Symbol | %  Return | ETF Name

FAS    542    Direxion Daily Financial Bull 3X Shares
MWJ    472    Direxion Daily Mid Cap Bull 3X Shares
EDC    439    Direxion Daily Emrg Mkts Bull 3X Shares
TNA    432    Direxion Daily Small Cap Bull 3X Shares
TYH    399    Direxion Daily Technology Bull 3X Shares
RFL    375    Rydex 2x S&P Select Sector Financial
DZK    326    Direxion Daily Dev Mkts Bull 3X Shrs
BGU    325    Direxion Daily Large Cap Bull 3X Shares
UYG    319    Ultra Financials ProShares
UYM    315    Ultra Basic Materials ProShares

Biggest Winners with No Leverage

PGF    257    PowerShares Financial Preferred
RWW    181    RevenueShares Financials
PFF    180    iShares S&P U.S. Preferred Stock Index
KIE    166    SPDR KBW Insurance
KBE    165    SPDR KBW Bank    Financial
RYF    164    Rydex S&P Equal Weight Financials
PSP    160    PowerShares Listed Private Equity
RTL    160    iShares FTSE NAREIT Retail Cp Idx
XLF    152    Financial Select Sector SPDR
FIO    146    iShares FTSE NAREIT Industrl/Offc Cp Idx
PGX    140    PowerShares Preferred
IYR    129    iShares Dow Jones US Real Estate
IAK    129    iShares Dow Jones US Insurance

Biggest Winners by Country

RSX    179    Market Vectors Russia ETF
TUR    178    iShares MSCI Turkey Invest Mkt Index
INP    160    iPath MSCI India Index ETN
GXG    137    Global X/InterBolsa FTSE Colombia 20 ETF
EWX    131    SPDR S&P Emerging Markets Small Cap
EWW    128    iShares MSCI Mexico Investable Mkt Idx
GML    125    SPDR S&P Emerging Latin America
EWA    125    iShares MSCI Australia Index
EWZ    123    iShares MSCI Brazil Index
BKF    114    iShares MSCI BRIC Index
EPP    114    iShares MSCI Pacific ex-Japan
EWS    113    iShares MSCI Singapore Index
ILF    111    iShares S&P Latin America 40 Index
VWO    107    Vanguard Emerging Markets Stock ETF
EZA    106    iShares MSCI South Africa Index

Biggest Winners by Commodity

KOL    228    Market Vectors Coal ETF
SLX    182    Market Vectors Steel ETF
PKOL    178    PowerShares Global Coal
XME    158    SPDR S&P Metals & Mining
FXZ    151    First Trust Materials AlphaDEX
CUT    145    Claymore/Beacon Global Timber Index
IRV    99    SPDR S&P International Materials Sector

Biggest Losers (All Leveraged)

ERY    -81    Direxion Daily Energy Bear 3X Shares
SJL    -82    UltraShort Russell MidCap Val ProShares
SJH    -83    UltraShort Russell2000 Value ProShares
EEV    -83    UltraShort MSCI Emerging Mkts ProShares
SMN    -86    UltraShort Basic Materials ProShares
BGZ    -86    Direxion Daily Large Cap Bear 3X Shares
DPK    -88    Direxion Daily Dev Mkts Bear 3X Shrs
TYP    -89    Direxion Daily Technology Bear 3X Shares
MWN    -92    Direxion Daily Mid Cap Bear 3X Shares
SKF    -92    UltraShort Financials ProShares
TZA    -93    Direxion Daily Small Cap Bear 3X Shares
SRS    -93    UltraShort Real Estate ProShares
EDZ    -94    Direxion Daily Emrg Mkts Bear 3X Shares
RFN    -94    Rydex Inverse 2x S&P Select Sector Fincl
FAZ    -99    Direxion Daily Financial Bear 3X Shares

You’ll note the biggest losers of the bunch were all leveraged ETFs, in many cases, going to almost -100% returns.  For this reason and in anticipation for more of a plateau instead of another 60% move from here, I’ve been shorting leveraged ETF pairs with astounding results.

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Daddy Paul March 10, 2010 at 9:40 pm

What a nice read and reference. I never would have guessed mid caps would be leading small caps.


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