Acta Univ. Agric. Silvic. Mendelianae Brun. 2018, 66, 1357-1367
Published online 2018-10-29

Measuring the Performance of Leveraged and Non‑Leveraged ETF’s

Martin Širůček1, Václav Ruml2, Petr Strejček1

1Department of Finance, Faculty for Business and Economics, Mendel University in Brno, Zemědělská 1, 613 00 Brno, Czech Republic
2KPMG Czech Republic, Veveří 3163/111, 616 00 Brno, Czech Republic

This paper deals with exchange traded funds (ETFs) and valuation it’s performance according to selected indicators. For empirical analysis 10 leveraged and non‑leveraged ETFs listed on US market is chosen according to selected criterias (adequate history at least 7 years, daily presented NAV, accessibility for retail investor). Observed time period was 2010–2015 and selected investment horizon is 1, 3 and 6 years. Funds are analyzed on the basis of NAV in the terms of return and risk represented by selected indicators (like Sharpe ratio, Traynor ratio, Information ratio, Apparaisal ratio and indicators like alfa (Jensen Alfa) and beta. Results are commented in a broader context in summary and discussion chapter as well as recommendations. Measured by classical Sharpe ratio, both groups bring to investor pretty same results, but e.q. by Information ratio by non‑leveraged ETF shows very clearly the importance of work by ETF portfolio manager. Only a few leveraged ETF bring to the investor adequate ratio between profit and level of risk.


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