List of Inverse ETFs (Short ETFs / Bear ETFs)

UPDATE 02/05/16View this page in our brand new ETFs directory.

After some research I thought recently that I may want to place some bearish bets in my IRA through OptionsHouse. Inverse ETFs (exchange traded funds) are a good way to do that so I wanted to make sure I had a list of short ETFs at my fingertips when and if the need ever arose. So the following etf list is just for my possible future reference. Please let me know if I’ve missed any ETFs (you can also find a list of Ultra Long ETFs (Bullish ETFs)):

Short (1x), UltraShort (2x), UltraPro (3x) MarketCap ETFs:

ETF Name Ticker Benchmark Index
Short QQQ PSQ Nasdaq-100
Short Dow 30 DOG DJIA
Short S&P 500 SH S&P 500
Short Mid Cap 400 MYY S&P Mid Cap 400
Short Small Cap 600 SBB S&P Small Cap 600
Short Russell 2000 RWM Russell 2000
UltraShort QQQ QID Nasdaq-100
UltraShort Dow 30 DXD DJIA
UltraShort S&P 500 SDS S&P 500
UltraShort Mid Cap 400 MZZ S&P Mid Cap 400
UltraShort Small Cap 600 SDD S&P Small Cap 600
UltraShort Russell 2000 TWM Russell 2000
UltraPro Short QQQ SQQQ Nasdaq-100
UltraPro Short Dow 30 SDOW DJIA
UltraPro Short S&P 500 SPXU S&P 500
UltraPro Short Mid Cap 400 SMDD S&P Mid Cap 400
UltraPro Short Russell 2000 SRTY Russell 2000

UltraShort (2x) Style:

ETF Name Ticker Benchmark Index
UltraShort Russell1000 Value SJF Russell 1000 Value
UltraShort Russell1000 Growth SFK Russell 1000 Growth
UltraShort Russell Mid Cap Value SJL Russell Mid Cap Value
UltraShort Russell Mid Cap Growth SDK Russell Mid Cap Growth
UltraShort Russell 2000 Value SJH Russell 2000 Value
UltraShort Russell 2000 Growth SKK Russell 2000 Growth

UltraShort (2x) Sector:

ETF Name Ticker Benchmark Index
UltraShort Basic Materials SMN Dow Jones U.S. Basic Materials
UltraShort Consumer Goods SZK Dow Jones U.S. Consumer Goods
UltraShort Consumer Services SCC Dow Jones U.S. Consumer Services
UltraShort Financials SKF Dow Jones U.S. Financials
UltraShort Health Care RXD Dow Jones U.S. Health Care
UltraShort Industrials SIJ Dow Jones U.S. Industrials
UltraShort Real Estate SRS Dow Jones U.S. Real Estate
UltraShort Semiconductors SSG Dow Jones U.S. Semiconductors
UltraShort Oil & Gas (Read this first) DUG Dow Jones U.S. Oil & Gas
UltraShort Technology REW Dow Jones U.S. Technology
UltraShort Utilities SDP Dow Jones U.S. Utilities

Short (1x) & UltraShort (2x) International:

ETF Name Ticker Benchmark Index
Short MSCI Emerging Markets EUM MSCI Emerging Markets Index
UltraShort MSCI Emerging Markets EEV MSCI Emerging Markets index
UltraShort MSCI Japan EWV MSCI Japan Index
UltraShort FTSE/Xinhua China 25 FXP FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Index

Gold and Silver ETFs / ETNs:

ETF Name Ticker
ProShares Ultra Silver AGQ
ProShares UltraShort Silver ZSL
ProShares Ultra Gold UGL
ProShares UltraShort Gold GLL
DB Gold Short ETN DGZ
DB Gold Double Short ETN DZZ

Direxion 3x Inverse ETFs:

ETF Name Ticker Benchmark Index
Daily S&P 500 Bear 3x Shares SPXS S&P 500 Index
Daily Mid Cap Bear 3x MIDZ S&P Mid Cap 400 Index
Daily Small Cap Bear 3x TZA Russell 2000
Daily Energy Bear 3x ERY Energy Select Sector Index
Daily Financial Bear 3x FAZ Russell 1000 Financial Services
Daily Gold Miners Bear 3x DUST NYSE Arca Gold Miners Index
Daily Junior Gold Miners Bear 3x JDST Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners Index
Daily Natural Gas Related Bear 3x GASX ISE Revere Natural Gas Index
Daily Real Estate Bear 3x DRV MSCI US REIT Index
Daily Semiconductor Bear 3x SOXS PHLX Semiconductor Sector Index
Daily Technology Bear 3x TECS Technology Select Sector Index
Daily Brazil Bear 3x BRZS MSCI Brazil 25-50 Index
Daily FTSE China Bear 3x YANG FTSE China 25 Index
Daily FTSE Europe Bear 3x EURZ FTSE Developed Europe Index
Daily Developed Markets Bear 3x DPK MSCI EAFE Index
Daily Emerging Markets Bear 3x EDZ MSCI Emerging Markets Index
Daily Russia Bear 3x RUSS Market Vectors Russia Index
Daily Japan Bear 3x JPNS MSCI Daily TR Net Japan USD Index
Daily South Korea Bear 3x KORZ MSCI Korea 25-50 Index
Daily 7-10 Year Treasury Bear 3x TYO NYSE 7-10 Year Treasury Bond Index
Daily 20 year Plus Treasury Bear 3x TMV NYSE 20 Year Plus Treasury Bond Index

Trading and Researching ETFs

To compare online brokers for trading ETFs, read my online broker guide at StockTradingToGo and use the comparison tool.

For researching ETFs I use Morningstar which is a great service because it breaks down each individual fund and its key criteria including top holdings, fees, allocation breakdown, etc. I also like ETFDB and FINVIZ for screening.

Further Reading

Some other great reads on ETFs can be found at our sister site StockTradingToGo:

This guide was written by Blain Reinkensmeyer and was last updated 2015-06-22.