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25 Best Long ETFs (Bullish ETFs) in 2021

Blain Reinkensmeyer

Jul 26, 2021

Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) are a great way to invest in the market as a whole, a specific industry, or an index. ETFs trade like stocks, meaning their price fluctuates each day as buyers and sellers trade shares. Thus, the value of an ETF is not calculated like a mutual fund.

Long Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) are a great way for investors to go long on different sectors or indices without having to actually buy physical shares of stock.

With leveraged ETFs, Ultra (2x) and UltraPro (3x), the return is twice and triple the regular performance of the benchmark index the ETF tracks. Note this is twice the DAILY return; leveraged ETFs should not be traded long, only day traded, to avoid pricing differentiation. Read this article from ETFDB, 7 Risks of Trading Leveraged ETFs and How to Avoid Them for important education on leveraged ETFs.

Following up on our popular post Inverse / Short ETFs For Bearish Investors, here is a full list of the best long and leveraged ETFs, including 2x and 3x long (bullish) ETFs.

Long / Bullish S&P 500 ETFs (1x, 2x, 3x)

ETF NAME TICKER LEVERAGE BENCHMARK INDEX
Long S&P 500 SPY 1x S&P 500
UltraLong S&P 500 SSO 2x S&P 500
Direxion S&P 500 Bull 2x SPUU 2x S&P 500 Index
UltraPro Long S&P 500 UPRO 3x S&P 500
Direxion S&P 500 Bull 3x SPXL 3x S&P 500 Index
Long Mid Cap 400 IJH 1x S&P Mid Cap 400
UltraLong Mid Cap 400 MVV 2x S&P Mid Cap 400
Direxion Mid Cap Bull 2x MDLL 2x S&P Mid Cap 400 Index
UltraPro Long Mid Cap 400 UMDD 3x S&P Mid Cap 400
Direxion Mid Cap Bull 3x MIDU 3x S&P Mid Cap 400 Index
UltraPro Long Small Cap 600 SAA 3x S&P Small Cap 600

Long / Bullish NASDAQ 100 ETFs (1x, 2x, 3x)

ETF NAME TICKER LEVERAGE BENCHMARK INDEX
Long QQQ QQQ 1x Nasdaq 100
UltraLong QQQ QLD 2x Nasdaq 100
UltraPro Long QQQ TQQQ 3x Nasdaq 100

Long / Bullish Russell ETFs (1x, 2x, 3x)

ETF NAME TICKER LEVERAGE BENCHMARK INDEX
Long Russell 2000 IWM 1x Russell 2000
UltraLong Russell 2000 UWM 2x Russell 2000
Direxion Small Cap Bull 2x SMLL 2x Russell 2000
UltraPro Long Russell 2000 URTY 3x Russell 2000
Direxion Small Cap Bull 3x TNA 3x Russell 2000
Direxion Financial Long 3x FAS 3x Russell 1000 Financial Services
Direxion Retail Long 3x RETL 3x Russell 1000 Retail
Direxion Energy Long 3x ERX 3x Russell 1000 Energy

Long / Bullish Dow Jones ETFs (1x, 2x, 3x)

ETF NAME TICKER LEVERAGE BENCHMARK INDEX
Long Dow 30 DIA 1x Dow Jones Industrial Average
UltraLong Dow 30 DDM 2x Dow Jones Industrial Average
UltraPro Long Dow 30 UDOW 3x Dow Jones Industrial Average

What is an ETF?

A Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) is a basket of individual securities held under one product that tracks an index, group of stocks, commodity, etc. but is traded like a stock on a stock exchange. The first big point to note is that an ETF is NOT a mutual fund; ETFs prices change throughout the day just like a stock.

The most popular ETFs are the index funds. Want to invest in the NASDAQ? Then buy shares of ETF "QQQ". Want to be short the NASDAQ? Then buy some shares of "PSQ", which is the 1x inverse of the Nasdaq 100. There are also ETFs that track the S & P 500, e.g. "SPY", and the Dow Jones Industrials has the "DIA".

Bottom line: Every major stock market index has an ETF representing both long and short.

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About the Author

Blain Reinkensmeyer

As Head of Research, Blain Reinkensmeyer has 18 years of trading experience with over 1,000 trades placed during that time. Referenced as a leading expert on the US online brokerage industry, Blain has been quoted in The New York Times, Forbes, and the Chicago Tribune, among others.





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