1-Star ETNs Poised to Plunge: VelocityShares 3x Long Silver?

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 (NYSEMKT: 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


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

5.1% / 94.7% / 42.4%


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

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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  • Report this Comment On October 11, 2012, at 3:22 PM, EricTheRon wrote:

    I'm not defending this ETN--I think all 2X and 3X ETFs and ETNs are unnecessarily speculative. And I'm not a Gold Bug or a "Silver Bug" (is there such a thing?). But that general comment about silver demand is hopelessly outdated, and could (should!) have been easily updated with a simple google search about the subject. Really poor!

    The fact is that silver demand is outstripping the supply from mines and scrap by 25% to 33%, and has nothing to do with photography. Even if there was a depression and the economy contracted 33%, the silver supply would also contract because most silver is mined along with base metals. And base metal mining would certainly be cut back during a depression.

  • Report this Comment On October 11, 2012, at 3:30 PM, rhealth wrote:

    Gold and silver have cycles, plain and simple. I think in a week you will find your article very timely as I believe both metals will soon start their plunge for the next ? weeks, but don't let it go to your head Brian ;)

    Had you written this article in August you would be very very wrong right now.

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