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Direxion Debuts Leveraged Real Estate ETFs

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Two new Direxion ETFs focused on real estate stocks have just been introduced.

The Direxion Daily Real Estate Bull 3x Shares (DRN) and the Direxion Daily Real Estate Bear 3x Shares (DRV) are leveraged real estate ETFs that attempt to deliver 300 percent the daily long and inverse performance of the MSCI U.S. REIT Index.

“The flexibility that our ETFs provide, on both the long and short side, can be especially valuable for sophisticated investors who use tactical strategies in order to navigate today’s volatile market,” says Dan O’Neill, president of Direxion Shares. “These two new ETFs further enhance our unique offering of solutions for the tactically minded investor.”

The MSCI U.S. REIT Index represents approximately 85 percent of the U.S. REIT universe. Through mid-July, the Vanguard REIT ETF (VNQ) which follows this same benchmark has declined by 11.58 percent.

According to the prospectus, both Direxion REIT ETFs will charge annual expenses of 0.95 percent.

The Direxion Shares ETF lineup covers U.S. and international stocks along with bonds. The funds are designed to achieve long and short exposure with daily magnified returns of 300 percent.

The Boston-based company also offers mutual funds with a similar leveraged and short strategy. At the end of June, Direxion had $5.1 billion in ETF assets.


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