1-Star ETFs Poised to Plunge: ProShares UltraShort S&P 500?

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, the ProShares UltraShort S&P500 (NYSEMKT: SDS  ) has received the dreaded one-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at SDS, and see what CAPS investors are saying about the ETF right now.

SDS facts

   

Inception

July 2006 

Total Net Assets

$1.8 billion

Investment Approach

Seeks daily investment results that correspond to two times the inverse (-2x) of the daily performance of the S&P 500. The index is a float-adjusted, market capitalization-weighted index of 500 U.S. operating companies and real estate investment trusts selected through a process that factors criteria such as liquidity, price, market capitalization and financial viability.

Expense Ratio

0.89%

1-Year / 3-Year / 5-Year Returns

(28.7%) / (31.9%) / (25.8%)

Alternatives

Guggenheim Inverse 2x S&P 500

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

On CAPS, 78% of the 443 All-Star members who have rated SDS believe the ETF will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Earlier this week, one of those Fools, All-Star TerryHogan, succinctly summed up the SDS bear case for our community:

Guaranteed to underperform in anything but a straight down market. The way these ultrashorts are set up, volatility means their returns will degrade over time, so even in a down market they can underperform (or at least not deliver their promised returns). Hold these for the long term at your own risk.

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