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BOOST’s Natural Gas 3x Short ETP (3NGS) the Top Performing ETP on the LSE in May as Investors Turn Bearish on Natural Gas

Thursday 05th June '14

  • BOOST’s 3NGS rose 16.5% in May as US natural gas futures fell 6.2%, against the backdrop of larger than expected inventory gains in May.
  • The third best performing ETP on the LSE in May was Boost NASDAQ 100 3x Leverage Daily ETP (QQQ3). 
  • QQQ3 returned 14.2% over May as technology stocks outperformed broader equity markets in the US on the back of upbeat US earnings releases and strong inflows into technology ETFs.
  • In the first quarter of 2014 BOOST has surpassed its $100 million landmark in AUM. BOOST ETP’s AUM has risen 129% since the beginning of the year, matched by rising trading volumes and improving spreads.

BOOST ETP, Europe’s award winning, specialist Short and Leverage (S&L) Exchange Traded Product (ETP) provider is proud to announce that the Boost Natural Gas 3x Short Daily ETP (3NGS) was the top performing ETP on the London Stock Exchange in May. 3NGS is the best performing natural gas and energy ETF/ETP in Europe for the 2nd month running.

Rank LSE ETP Name LSE Code Return (in GBP)
1 Boost Natural Gas 3x Short Daily ETP 3NGS 16.5%
3 Boost NASDAQ 100 3x Leverage Daily ETP QQQ3 14.2%
Source: Boost, Bloomberg. Returns represent change in NAV / official prices where available or exchange closing prices otherwise, between 30/04/2014 and 30/05/2014. Ranking of returns was done based on GBP.

The performance statistics demonstrate 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 such products and this is 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:

“Last month was a reversal of sentiment in natural gas. May saw the replenishment of natural gas inventories to exceed expectations, as US weather conditions turned warmer. Following April’s lower than expected inventory gains that helped gas prices rise by more than 9%, investor sentiment turned bearish in May on easing supply conditions in the US gas market. Stockpiles are currently 40% below the five-year average level, compared to 50% in April, leaving enough room for sentiment to turn bullish again next month. At the same time, sentiment in risk assets improved, with inflows into US technology ETFs and earnings releases coming in relatively strong in May, helping the NASDAQ 100 to rise by 4.6% and outperform US broader equity benchmarks.”

Globally, investors continue to increase their usage of short & leveraged ETPs. Global S&L ETP assets rose by 6.7% over April to a record $61.5 billion. 

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 Global Short & Leverage ETF / ETP Report and a Short & Leverage ETF / ETP Advisor Tool Kit.