As the popularity of ETFs has surged in recent years, the manner in which investors use these vehicles has evolved as well. Originally designed with cost-conscious buy-and-holders in mind, ETFs have now been fully embraced by more active traders as well (just look at the turnover of SPY). And recent years have seen the introduction of increasingly complex and powerful exchange-traded products, including those offering exposure to investment strategies and asset classes that were previously out-of-reach for most investors. The leveraged ETF space is one example of a corner of the market that has seen tremendous growth in recent years. The basic purpose of these products is relatively straightforward; they seek to deliver results equivalent to the return on a specified index multiplied by a leverage factor (-100%, 300%, etc.) over a certain time period. For those who understand the objectives and limitations of leveraged ETPs, these securities can be [...] Click here to read the original article on ETFdb.com. Related Stories: iPath Debuts New Breed Of Leveraged ETNs Reviewing All The VIX ETF Options Changes Coming To Leveraged ETFs?