New analysis from ETF provider GraniteShares reveals that of the 10 days when the FTSE 100 fell by the most last year, seven of them were in March.
However, when looking at the 10 days when the index saw its biggest rises, three of these also occurred that month. On 12 March, the FTSE 100 fell by 10.87 per cent, the biggest fall of the year, and on 24th March it increased by 9.05 per cent, its largest rise of 2020.
Analysis of the S&P 500 last year also reveals that six of the 10 days when it fell by the most were in March, and eight of the days when it saw its biggest rises also occurred then. On 16 March the index fell by 11.98 per cent, representing its biggest fall of the year, and on 24th March it rose by 9.38 per cent, the biggest rise of any day in 2020.
The huge volatility in the markets last year saw a surge in investors looking to either short stocks or use leverage to multiply gains buy going long. GraniteShares offers several 3x short and 3x leveraged ETPs on FTSE 100 and S&P 500 stocks, and in the first quarter of last year USD3.3 million was traded in them on the London Stock Exchange, which compares to USD228.5 million for the last three months (1st November 2020 – 31st January 2021).
Will Rhind, Founder and CEO at GraniteShares, says: “Last year’s stock market crash, referred to by some as the Coronavirus Crash, saw a huge correction that started around 20th February 2020 and ended on 7 April. From then onwards, the markets enjoyed growth but there was still huge volatility, attracting many investors to trade more, with some stocks seeing huge growth but others – especially those in sectors hit hard by the crisis – seeing significant falls.
“Many traders used our short and leverage single stock ETPs to capitalise on falling share prices or maximise returns on those rising.”
Since the GraniteShares Tesla 3x long ETP was listed on the London Stock Exchange on 1st July 2020, it has seen its value increase by over 2400 per cent, which would have turned a USD41,000 investment into over USD1 million.
GraniteShares has several single stock 3x leveraged and 3x short ETPs listed on the London Stock Exchange. They cover a selection of FTSE 100 companies and popular US tech stocks.