The ETF trade starring TNA & TZA – update


The above trade setup is one I do each year for this pair (I do this with FAS / FAZ as well). You can stick to the basic setup above, or mix in a variety of additional trading events (re-balance in June for example). The premise here is that you will achieve some return based on the decay of the ETF due to its structure.

As for the performance of this trade, you can see above that in 2010 you would have experienced a loss on the short of TNA for that year – but the net return on the short pair is still significant. The net return in 2011 for the pair looks to be really solid with just 4 trading days left. These returns do not account for margin use (if applicable based on your actual trade implementation). I use solely option trades for this, and utilize Weekly options along the way to enhance the trades.

  • TNA is the Direxion Small Cap Bull 3x
  • TZA is the Direxion Small Cap Bear 3x

4 thoughts on “The ETF trade starring TNA & TZA – update

  1. Pingback: The ETF trade staring FAS & FAZ « 1nvestor

  2. I leave the specifics of the trade up to each individual for several reasons. First, I don’t want to impose my Risk Reward strategy on to anyone – but certainly can make suggestions based on what has worked for me in the past. Secondly, not all readers utilize options so this sort of trade may be more difficult for them to hold over the year due to margin costs (although the perf stats show that the return easily covers those costs).
    Lastly, this trade is meant to be a simple approach – a mechanical trade with only a few parameters that are required.
    Thanks for reading and feel free to send any questions along.

  3. This is an interesting idea. Did you do this in 2012 – on? Do you buy equal amounts with options?

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