Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, the VelocityShares 3x Long Silver ETN (NASDAQ:USLV) has received the dreaded one-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at VelocityShares 3x Long Silver ETN and see what CAPS investors are saying about the ETN right now.

USLV facts

Inception

October 2011

Total Net Assets

$121.9 million

Investment Approach

Seeks to replicate three times the S&P GSCI Silver index. The index comprises futures contracts on a single commodity. The fluctuations in the values of it are intended generally to correlate with changes in the price of silver in global markets.

Expense Ratio

1.65%

1-Month / 3-Month / Year-to-Date Returns

5.1% / 94.7% / 42.4%

Alternatives

ProShares Ultra Silver (NYSEMKT:AGQ)
iShares Silver Trust
(NYSEMKT:SLV)
ETFS Physical Silver Shares
(NYSEMKT:SIVR)

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 42% of the 72 members who have rated USLV believe the ETN will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just this past summer, one of those Fools, All-Star TerryHogan, succinctly summed up the USLV bear case for our community: "I remember an old Trivial Pusuit question that asked who was the largest user of Silver in the world, answer -- Kodak. I'm not sure what the answer is today, but I don't see where sustainable demand is coming from, and I just don't like triple leveraged ETFs, as they degrade with any volatility."

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