How to buy πŸ’Έ leveraged ETFs from Europe

If you are looking to invest in leveraged πŸ“ˆ or inverse ETFs from Europe/U.K., you’ll soon find that popular American products are not generally available through European brokers. Below I have compiled an overview of European leveraged and inverse ETFs, as alternatives to their popular πŸ¦… U.S. counterparts.

Though providers such as Direxion, ProShares, and VelocityShares offer many leveraged products for indexes, sectors, and commodities, such ETFs (and ETNs) cannot be offered to Europeans due to βš–οΈ PRIIPs regulations.

If no suitable European variants exist for your purposes, you can instead buy the U.S. ETFs directly through a U.S. based broker, even while residing in 🌍 Europe. Follow this link to learn more about this method.





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Overview of European leveraged and inverse ETFs

Please find below a compilation of popular U.S. leveraged and inverse ETFs along with their European alternatives.

EquitiesLeverageU.S. ETFEuropean alternative
S&P 5003x LongSPXL, UPROWisdomTree
IE00B7Y34M31
2x LongSPUU, SSOXtrackers
LU0411078552
1x ShortSPDN, SHXtrackers
LU0322251520
2x ShortSDSXtrackers
LU0411078636
3x ShortSPXS, SPXUWisdomTree
IE00B8K7KM88
Nasdaq 1003x LongTQQQWisdomTree
IE00BLRPRL42
2x LongQLDLyxor
FR0010342592
3x ShortSQQQWisdomTree
IE00BLRPRJ20
Europe3x LongEURLWisdomTree
IE00B7SD4R47
2x LongUPVLyxor
FR0010468983
1x ShortN/ALyxor
FR0010424135
2x ShortEPVLyxor
FR0010424143
3x ShortN/AWisdomTree
IE00B8JF9153
Emerging Markets3x LongEDCWisdomTree
IE00BYTYHN28
3x ShortEDZWisdomTree
IE00BYTYHM11
FANG+3x LongFNGUGraniteShares
XS2305050804
1x ShortGNAFGraniteShares
XS2305051109
3x ShortFNGDGraniteShares
XS2305051018
FTSE 1003x LongN/AWisdomTree
IE00B88D2999
2x LongN/AWisdomTree
IE00B94QKC83
1x ShortN/AWisdomTree
IE00B94QKG22
2x ShortN/AWisdomTree
IE00B94QKF15
3x ShortN/AWisdomTree
IE00B7VB3908
DAX 303x LongN/AWisdomTree
IE00B878KX55
2x LongN/AXtrackers
LU0411075376
1x ShortN/AXtrackers
LU0292106241
2x ShortN/AXtrackers
LU0411075020
3x ShortN/AWisdomTree
IE00B8GKPP93
CAC 402x LongN/ALyxor
FR0010592014
1x ShortN/ALyxor
FR0010591362
2x ShortN/ALyxor
FR0010411884
MIB 403x LongN/AWisdomTree
IE00B8NB3063
2x LongN/ALyxor
FR0010446658
1x ShortN/ALyxor
FR0010446146
2x ShortN/ALyxor
FR0010446666
3x ShortN/AWisdomTree
IE00B873CW36
BondsLeverageU.S. ETFEuropean alternative
10Y U.S. Bonds3x LongTYDWisdomTree
IE00BKT09032
2x ShortPSTLyxor
FR0011607084
3x ShortTYOWisdomTree
IE00BKS8QT65
10Y U.K. Bonds3x LongN/AWisdomTree
IE00BKT09479
1x ShortN/AWisdomTree
IE00BF4TW560
3x ShortN/AWisdomTree
IE00BKS8QQ35
10Y German Bunds3x LongN/AWisdomTree
IE00BKT09255
1x ShortN/ALyxor
LU0530119774
2x ShortN/ALyxor
FR0010869578
3x ShortN/AWisdomTree
IE00BKS8QN04
10Y Italian BTP3x LongN/AWisdomTree
IE00BKT09149
1x ShortN/ALyxor
LU1523098561
2x ShortN/ALyxor
FR0011023621
3x ShortN/AWisdomTree
IE00BKT09149

Unfortunately, there aren’t nearly as many products available to Europeans as to Americans. Thus many specific variants (such as 2x inverse) may be unavailable, sector ETFs are missing altogether, expense ratios πŸ’Ά may be higher in Europe, and you may have to deal with lower volume and ETFs only being offered on specific exchanges.

Alternative options for Europeans

Personally I am a big fan of leveraged ETFs, as I got inspired by Hedgefundie’s Excellent Adventure which utilizes ETFs such as TQQQ, UPRO, and TMF.

Additionally, I occasionally buy sector specific ETFs such as DFEN, πŸ’» SOXL, FAS, and YINN. Since none of these are available in Europe, I developed a method of buying them directly through a U.S. based broker. This will allow you to buy any U.S. domiciled ETF, even if you live in Europe. If you are interested in this method, you can find the guide here.

To obtain leverage on otherwise unleveraged stocks and ETFs, one could also consider the use of CFDs. For more information on that, check out my CFD guide.





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Do you know of any other suitable European alternatives? Leave a comment below and share your 🧠 knowledge!

6 comments

  1. Hello! Thank you first of all for this page, you can’t imagine how useful it is! I have a couple of questions:
    1. I can’t find the Graniteshares fngu ETF on my broker (Degiro). Do you know of other ETFs for 3x or 2x long faang+ that can be bought in Europe?
    2. Are you aware of European leveraged ETFs that target specific sectors? For example the equivalent of SOXL, FAS, PILL, LABU…
    3. How did you find out the ETFs that you’ve mentioned in this page? When it comes to US ETFs i generally start from Google search, but your page is literally the only one on the topic…

    Thanks a lot!

    1. Hi Simone, as for DeGiro, it’s quite common for certain products to be missing from their platform. Best would be to request it be added. You can send them an email with the following details: ISIN, currency, ticker symbol, and exchange. Keep in mind that some products cannot be offered in certain countries (or are available to institutional clients only). Generally it takes a few weeks for them to add a newly requested product.

      Should it not be possible to have the product added, then I can recommend using the justETF screener to search for alternatives. Here you can filter on leveraged ETFs, among other things. Another good resource is the Morningstar screener.

      I did look into leveraged sector ETFs, but there don’t really seem to be any UCITS alternatives for those, unfortunately… Personally I use Tastyworks to get around these restrictions.

      Indeed it took me quite some effort to compile the entire list. You’d expect such information to be more readily available, but alas. Very happy to hear it’s been valuable to you!

    1. Hi Fernando, are you sure it got removed? Perhaps it wasn’t available to begin with? You can request DeGiro to add missing ETFs if you shoot them an email. I’ve done it a few times myself. If they did remove it, then that would be really unfortunate. Perhaps you can try Interactive Brokers?

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