Trading ETFs

  • What are the three most important considerations when trading ETFs?

    Get best practices for trading ETFs that help to make them as flexible and cost effective as they can be. These include avoiding trading near the market open, considering limit orders and steering clear of market orders, and using block trading desks for large orders. Find out more.

  • Is ETF volume an indicator of ETF Liquidity?

    Find out, and also explore an in-depth example of how ETF liquidity works, and what characteristics really matter. Get our insights.

  • How is liquidity created in small caps and international ETFS?

    Market makers can create ETF liquidity by trading highly liquid trading instruments called proxy hedges, which are well-correlated to small caps and international ETFs. Find out what proxy hedges are, how they work and when they’re used in our overview.

  • How is fixed income ETF trading different?

    Since bonds don’t trade on exchanges, there are a variety of characteristics unique to the asset class. In our Q&A, we explain these, and give an overview of the rules of engagement for trading bond ETFs. Read more.

Geared (leveraged or short) ProShares ETFs seek returns that are a multiple of (e.g., 1.5x or -0.5x) the return of a benchmark (target) for a single day, as measured from one NAV calculation to the next, before fees and expenses. Due to the compounding of daily returns, ProShares' returns over periods other than one day will likely differ in amount and possibly direction from the target return for the same period. These effects may be more pronounced in funds with larger or inverse multiples and in funds with volatile benchmarks. Investors should monitor their holdings as frequently as daily. For more on risks, please read the prospectus.

There is no guarantee any ProShares ETF will achieve its investment objective.

Investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal. Volatility ProShares ETFs are non-diversified and each entails certain risks, including risks associated with the use of derivatives (swap agreements, futures contracts and similar instruments), imperfect benchmark correlation, leverage and market price variance, all of which can increase volatility and decrease performance. Short ProShares ETFs should lose money when their benchmarks or indexes rise. Please see their summary and full prospectuses for a more complete description of risks.

There are considerable risks related to investing in ETFs benchmarked to VIX futures indexes, and ProShares Volatility ETFs are not suitable for all investors. VIX futures indexes can be highly volatile, and ETFs benchmarked to them may experience large losses. Investors could potentially lose the full value of their investment over periods even as short as one day. Many factors may contribute to the volatility of VIX futures indexes, including, but not limited to: economic, political or regulatory events that affect the level of the S&P 500, the VIX, VIX futures contracts or other related financial instruments; interest rates; inflation rates or inflation expectations; certain activities within equity derivatives markets; and S&P 500 trading disruptions. ProShares Volatility ETFs are generally intended for short-term investment horizons, and investors holding shares over longer-term periods may be subject to increased risk of loss. The level of the VIX has tended to revert to a long-term average over time. As such, the potential upside of long or short exposure to VIX futures contracts may be constrained and subject to significant and unexpected reversals. VIX futures indexes have historically reflected significant costs associated with rolling VIX futures contracts on a daily basis, which can consistently reduce returns for ETFs benchmarked to the indexes.

These funds generate a K-1 tax form.

ProShares Trust II is a commodity pool as defined in the Commodity Exchange Act and the applicable regulations of the CFTC. ProShare Capital Management LLC is the Trust Sponsor and commodity pool operator (CPO). The Sponsor is registered as a CPO with the CFTC, and is a member of the NFA. Neither this ETF nor ProShares Trust II is an investment company regulated under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and neither is afforded its protections

"Standard & Poor's,®" "S&P,®" "S&P 500,®" "Standard & Poor's 500,®" "S&P 500® VIX® Short-Term Futures IndexTM" and "S&P 500® VIX® Mid-Term Futures IndexTM" are products of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC and its affiliates and have been licensed for use by ProShares. "S&P®" is a registered trademark of Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC ("S&P") and "Dow Jones®" is a registered trademark of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC ("Dow Jones") and have been licensed for use by S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC and its affiliates. "VIX®" is a trademark of the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated ("Cboe") and has been licensed for use by S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC. ProShares have not been passed on by S&P Dow Jones Indices, Cboe or their respective affiliates as to their legality or suitability. ProShares are not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by S&P Dow Jones Indices, Cboe or their respective affiliates, and they make no representation regarding the advisability of investing in ProShares. THESE ENTITIES AND THEIR AFFILIATES MAKE NO WARRANTIES AND BEAR NO LIABILITY WITH RESPECT TO PROSHARES.

This information must be accompanied or preceded by a current ProShares Trust II Prospectus

ProShares are distributed by SEI Investments Distribution Co., which is not affiliated with the funds’ advisor or sponsor.

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