WSJ | May 02, 2020
Quoting ProShares’ Simeon Hyman, The Wall Street Journal’s Gerrard Cowan says the economic lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has “accelerated a trend that was under way: the rise of online shopping and decline of bricks-and-mortar shops.” Cowan states that ProShares CLIX ETF, which holds a 100% long position in retailers that principally sell online and a 50% short position in traditional brick and mortar retailers, is in “a sweet spot” due to the current market environment. Certain sectors and markets perform exceptionally well based on current market conditions and CLIX can benefit from that performance. Achieving such exceptional returns involves the risk of volatility and investors should not expect that such results will be repeated. See CLIX performance and holdings.
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