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Why KRS Is Poised to Keep Plunging

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, the ProShares Short KBW Regional Banking (NYSE: KRS) have received the dreaded one-star ranking.

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

KRS facts


April 2010

Total Net Assets

$1.9 million

Investment Approach

The investment seeks daily investment results that correspond to the inverse (-1x) of the daily performance of the KBW Regional Banking Index. The KBW Regional Banking Index is an equal-weighted index that seeks to provide diverse regional banking exposure.

Expense Ratio


Year-to-Date / 1-Year / 3-Year Return

(12.9%) / (21.2%) / (18.1%)


ProShares Short Financials
ProShares UltraPro Short Financials

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

On CAPS, 89% of the 90 members who have rated KRS believe the ETF will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, All-Star TerryHogan, succinctly summed up the KRS bear case for our community:

I would be hard pressed to think of a worse investment. I'm not super keen on the regional banks, because some are going to suffer at the hands of the behemoths. But others are going to get bought out, and still others are going to thrive and grow after the shakeout of the past 6 years. Most of them also have a decent yield. I also think inverse ETFs stink.

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