Popular Inverse ETFs and ETNs for Your Portfolio

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As the world of ETFs continues to perform well for investors, it seems that more new ETF innovations crop up each day. One of the most popular types of ETFs is the inverse ETF.

Inverse ETFs are a way to put on a short ETF position by buying an exchange-traded fund. You can use them to inversely track an underlying index or investment product, to hedge against downside risk, or to open your portfolio to downside exposure.

How you choose to use them is up to you, but this list might help you decide which investment vehicles are best for your goals. It certainly doesn't cover every inverse ETF in the world of investing, but it's fairly comprehensive and includes the major and most popular funds. If you want to learn about a particular inverse ETF or inverse ETN, click on the symbol or the name of the fund.​

A List of Inverse ETFs

  • BGZ - Direxion Daily Large Cap Bear 3X Shares ETF
  • BIS - UltraShort NASDAQ Biotechnology ETF
  • BXDB - Barclays Short B Leveraged Inverse S&P 500 Total Return ETN
  • CROC - ProShares UltraShort Australian Dollar ETF
  • DDG - Short Oil & Gas ProShares ETF
  • DGLD - 3x Inverse Gold ETN
  • DLBS - iPath US Treasury Long Bond Bear ETN
  • DMM – MacroShares Housing Down ETF
  • DNO – United States Short Oil ETF
  • DOG - Short Dow30 ProShares ETF
  • DOY - MacroShares $100 Oil Down ETF
  • DPK - Direxion Daily Devloped Markets Bear 3X Shares ETF
  • DSLV - 3x Inverse Silver ETN
  • DSTJ - JP Morgan 2X Short US Long Treasury Futures ETN
  • DSXJ - JP Morgan 2X Short US 10 Year Treasury Futures ETN
  • DUG - UltraShort Oil & Gas ProShares ETF
  • DUST - Direxion Daily Gold Miners Bear 3x Shares ETF
  • DXD - UltraShort Dow 30 ProShares ETF
  • EDZ - Direxion Daily Emerging Markets Bear 3X Shares ETF
  • EEV - UltraShort MSCI Emerging Markets ProShares ETF
  • EFU - UltraShort MSCI EAFE ProShares ETF
  • EFZ - Short MSCI EAFE ProShares ETF
  • ERY - Direxion Daily Energy Bear 3X Shares ETF
  • EUM - Short MSCI Emerging Markets ProShares ETF
  • EUO – ProShares UltraShort Euro ETF
  • EWV - UltraShort MSCI Japan ProShares ETF
  • FAZ - Direxion Daily Financial Bear 3X Shares ETF
  • FINZ - ProShares UltraPro Short Financials ETF
  • FXP - UltraShort FTSE/Xinhua China25 Proshares ETF
  • GASX - Direxion Daily Natural Gas Related Bear 3X Shares ETF
  • GDJS - Pro Shares Ultra Short Junior Miners ETF
  • GDXS - Pro Shares Ultra Short Gold Miners ETF
  • GLL - UltraShort Gold ProShares ETF
  • HBZ - ProShares Ultra Short Homebuilders and Supplies ETF
  • IPAL - 2x Inverse Palladium ETN
  • IPLT - 2x Inverse Platinum ETN
  • KRS - Short KBW Regional Banking ETF
  • KOLD - UltraShort DJ-UBS Natural Gas ETF
  • LABD - Direxion Daily S&P Biotech Bear 3X Shares ETF
  • MWN - Direxion Daily Mid Cap Bear 3X Shares ETF
  • MYY - Short MidCap400 ProShares ETF
  • MZZ - UltraShort MidCap400 ProShares ETF
  • OILD - ProShares UltraPro 3X Short Crude Oil ETF
  • PSQ - Short QQQ ProShares ETF
  • PST - ProShares UltraShort 7-10 Year Treasury ETF
  • QID - UltraShort QQQ ProShares ETF
  • QLD - Ultra QQQ ProShares ETF
  • REK - ProShares Short Real Estate ETF
  • REW - UltraShort Technology ProShares ETF
  • RINF - ProShares 30 Year TIPS/TSY Spread ETF
  • RISE - Sit Rising Rate ETF
  • RUSS - Direxion Daily Russia Bear 3x Shares ETF
  • RWM - Short Russell2000 ProShares ETF
  • RXD - UltraShort Health Care ProShares ETF
  • SAGG - Daily Total Bond Market Bear 1x Shares ETF
  • SBB – ProShares Short S&P SmallCap600 ETF
  • SBM - ProShares Short Basic Materials ETF
  • SCC – ProShares UltraShort Consumer Services ETF
  • SCO – ProShares UltraShort DJ-AIG Crude Oil ETF
  • SDD - ProShares UltraShort SmallCap600 ETF
  • SDK – ProShares UltraShort MidCap Growth ETF
  • SDOW - UltraPro Short Dow 30 ETF
  • SDP – ProShares UltraShort Utilities ETF
  • SDS - UltraShort S&P500 ProShares ETF
  • SEF - Short Financials ProShares ETF
  • SFK – ProShares UltraShort Russell1000 Growth ETF
  • SH – ProShares Short S&P500 ETF
  • SIJ – ProShares UltraShort Industrials ETF
  • SJB - ProShares Short High Yield ETF
  • SJH - UltraShort Russell2000 Value ProShares ETF
  • SJL – ProShares UltraShort MidCap Value ETF
  • SFK - UltraShort Russell1000 Growth ProShares ETF
  • SKK - UltraShort Russell 2000 Growth ProShares ETF
  • SMDD - UltraPro Short Mid-Cap 400
  • SMN – ProShares UltraShort Basic Materials ETF
  • SOP - ProShares Ultra Short Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF
  • SOXS - Direxion Daily Semiconductor Bear 3x Shares ETF
  • SPXU - ProShares Ultra Pro Short S&P 500 ETF
  • SQQQ - UltraPro Short QQQ ETF
  • SRS – ProShares UltraShort Real Estate ETF
  • SRTY - UltraPro Short Russell 2000 ETF
  • SSG - ProShares UltraShort SemiConductor ETF
  • SVXY - ProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures ETF
  • SZK – ProShares UltraShort Consumer Goods ETF
  • TBF - ProShares Short 20+ Year Treasury ETF
  • TBT - ProShares UltraShort 20+ Year Treasury ETF
  • TBX - Short 7-10 Year Treasury ETF
  • TBT - ProShares UltraShort 20+ Year Treasury
  • TBZ - UltraShort 3-7 Year Treasury ETF
  • TMV – Direxion Daily 30-year Treasury Bear 3x Shares ETF
  • TOTS - Direxion Daily Total Market Bear 1X Shares ETF
  • TPS - ProShares UltraShort TIPS ETF
  • TTT - UltraPro Short 20+ Year Treasury ETF
  • TWM - UltraShort Russell 2000 ProShares ETF
  • TYBS - Daily 20 Year Plus Treasury Bear 1x Shares ETF
  • TYNS - Daily 7-10 Year Treasury Bear 1x Shares ETF
  • TYO - Direxion Daily 10-year Treasury Bear 3x Shares ETF
  • TYP - Direxion Daily Technology Bear 3x Shares ETF
  • TZA - Direxion Daily SmallCap Bear 3x Shares ETF
  • TWQ - ProShares UltraShort Russell 3000 Index ETF
  • UDN - PowerShares US Dollar Bearish ETF
  • VMIN - REX Vol MAXX Inverse VIX Weekly Futures Strategy ETF
  • YCS – ProShares UltraShort Yen ETF
  • YXI - Proshares Short FTSE / Xinhua China 25 ETF
  • ZSL - ProShares UltraShort Silver ETF
  • ZBIO - UltraPro Short Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF

Inverse ETNs

An inverse ETN is an exchange-traded note that is a senior, unsecured, unsubordinated debt security issued by an underwriting bank. ETNs have a maturity date and are backed only by the credit of the issuer. They're designed to provide investors access to the returns of various market benchmarks. Additional ETNs will crop up and some will disappear, but this list is a practical place to begin if inverse ETFs suit your investing strategy .

  • ADZ - DB Agriculture Short ETN
  • AGA - PowerShares DB Agriculture Double Short ETN
  • BOM – PowerShares DB Base Metals Double Short ETN
  • DDP – PowerShares DB Commodity Short ETN
  • DEE - PowerShares DB Commodity Double Short ETN
  • DFVS - iPath US Treasury 5-year Bear ETN
  • DGZ - PowerShares DB Gold Short ETN
  • DRR - Market Vectors Double Short Euro ETN
  • DTO – PowerShares DB Crude Oil Double Short ETN
  • DTUS - iPath US Treasury 2-year Bear ETN
  • DTYS - iPath US Treasury 10-year Bear ETN
  • DZZ - PowerShares DB Gold Double Short ETN
  • EMSA - iPath Short Enhanced MSCI Emerging Markets Index ETN
  • IVOP - iPath Inverse S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN
  • JGBS - PowerShares DB Inverse Japanese Government Bond Futures ETN
  • JGBD - PowerShares DB 3x Inverse Japanese Government Bond Futures ETN
  • MFSA - iPath Short Enhanced MSCI EAFE Index ETN
  • MLPS - UBS E-TRACS 1x Monthly Short Alerian MLP Infrastructure Total Return Index ETN
  • ROSA - iPath Short Extended Russell 1000 TR Index ETN
  • RTSA - iPath Short Extended Russell 2000 TR Index ETN
  • SBND - PowerShares DB 3X Short 25+ Year Treasury Bond Exchange Traded Note
  • SFSA - iPath Short Extended S&P 500 TR Index ETN
  • SZO - PowerShares DB Crude Oil Short ETN
  • TAPR - Barclays Inverse U.S. Treasury Composite ETN
  • UDNT - PowerShares DB 3x Short US Dollar Index Futures ETN
  • XXV - Barclays ETN+ Inverse S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN
  • XIV - VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short-Term ETN
  • ZIV - VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Mid Term ETN

It's always smart to conduct thorough research before you get started with ETFs or any other investments. 

Note: Always consult with a financial professional for the most up-to-date information, trends, and availability. This article is not investment advice and it is not intended as investment advice.