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Three out of the LSE’s Five Best Performing ETPs in January are BOOST Short & Leverage ETPs as Natural Gas Soars to a Two Year High and Copper Slumps

Thursday 06th February '14

  • Three of the five best performing ETPs/ETCs in January listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) were BOOST ETPs providing leveraged exposure to natural gas and short exposure to copper 
  • The top performing ETP on the LSE in January was Boost Natural Gas 3x Leverage Daily ETP (3NGL), which returned 43.5% . Boost Natural Gas 2x Leverage daily ETP (2NGL) came in as the third top performing product on the LSE, with a return of 32.5%1 over the month. Natural gas prices were driven by the cold snap in the US that has helped boost demand for heating fuels.
  • Boost Copper 3x Short Daily ETP (3HCS), which returned 19.01%, came in as the fifth best performing ETP on the LSE. Towards the end of January copper fell sharply following the release of disappointing manufacturing output numbers from China and the announcement of the US Fed to withdraw an additional USD 10bn in monetary stimulus. Copper fell 5.3%1 in January.[1] 
  • BOOST AUM reaches a record high after increasing 200% in the past 12 weeks. BOOST volumes also reach record highs, up over 1000% in the past 7 months.

BOOST ETP, Europe’s award winning, specialist Short and Leverage (S&L) Exchange-Traded Product (ETP) provider is proud to announce that the top performing ETP on Borsa Italiana (BIT) in January 2014 was Boost Natural Gas 3x Leverage Daily ETP (3NGL). 

The performance of these ETPs demonstrates the value S&L ETPs can bring to investors. 3x S&L ETPs were first introduced by BOOST ETP to the LSE in December 2012. Investors have clearly been responding to the availability of new products as evidenced by the increasing AUM and trading volumes in BOOST’s products. S&L ETPs are attractive to investors as they provide up to 3x or -3x the exposure through one simple trade. These levels of exposure allow investors to gain from rising as well as falling markets, thus negating the need for complex documentation or use of derivatives. 

Viktor Nossek, Head of Research at BOOST ETP commented:

“While 2013 was marked by upbeat sentiment in risk assets, which drove equity markets to record highs, January 2014 has been a rocky start. Risk aversive behaviour drove investors back into safe haven assets and out of equities and high yielding fixed income. S&L investors shorted copper as a method to position on fading growth momentum in China, and shorted DM equities as the Fed’s second QE taper announcement soured sentiment in debt-fuelled EM economies.

The introduction of BOOST’s range of 3x short and 3x leverage ETPs in December 2012 was a first in the UK and is proving to be a useful tool for investors to hedge risk or express a view with less capital.” 

Globally, investors continue to increase their usage of S&L ETPs. Global S&L ETP assets have risen by $10bn (22%) in 2013 to a record $54.8 billion. Demand for S&L ETPs was also reflected in BOOST ETP’s AUM having more than doubled in the second half of 2013. In total, there is $36.7bn of assets held in S&L equity ETPs and $3.7bn of assets held in S&L commodity ETCs globally. [2]

Investors are increasingly using S&L ETPs for a variety of reasons. There is wider product availability, greater product knowledge from improved educational resources, and increased demand for hedging tools and leveraged instruments available. There is also a move towards independent, transparent and exchange traded instruments such as ETFs and ETPs. As a result of this increased usage and interest in S&L ETPs, BOOST recently launched a monthly Short & Leveraged ETFs/ETPs Global Flows Report and a Short & Leverage ETF / ETP Advisor Tool Kit.

[1] USD return based on NAVs / official prices. The base currency of the mentioned Boost commodity ETPs is USD. Source: Boost, Bloomberg
[2] Short & Leveraged ETFs/ETPs Global Flows Report, 31 December 2013