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GraniteShares lists leveraged ETPs in Germany to meet demand from short sellers


ETP provider GraniteShares is expanding in Germany with the launch on Deutsche Borse Xetra of a further 10 short and long ETPs focused on some of the biggest US technology stocks. The group, which offers a range of 3x short and 3x leveraged ETPs on popular stocks listed on national exchanges in the UK, France, Italy, and Germany, is listing the ETPs in response to growing demand in Germany from sophisticated investors.

Data shows total short selling in Germany is valued at around €3.316 billion as of May 30th with shares in 105 companies being shorted. The Technology sector accounts for €261 million of the total with the Consumer Cyclical sector currently the most shorted.

GraniteShares already offers its ground-breaking FAANG long and short ETPs on Xetra enabling investors to participate in the performance of a US stock basket consisting of the Big Five US technology stocks – Facebook-owner Meta, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google owner Alphabet.

It is now listing a 3x Long and 3x Short versions of the FAANG ETPs as well as baskets focused on GAFAM – Google owner Alphabet, Apple, Facebook owner Meta, Amazon and Microsoft – and FATANG – Facebook owner Meta, Amazon, Tesla, Apple, Netflix and Google owner Alphabet.

Benedict von Lucke, country head for Germany at GraniteShares, said: “The FAANG stocks along with FATANG and GAFAM have been hit over the past year as inflation and interest rate rises have sent the shares lower but there are signs of a recovery along with the Nasdaq100. Many investors are starting to ask if it might be time to think about entering the market again which makes our new listings particularly appealing as they offer the chance to leverage or go short which is increasingly popular with sophisticated German investors looking to capitalise on any market volatility.”

Von Lucke said the trend of rising short positions in Germany shows no signs of slowing down this year, and GraniteShares are already seeing an increasing interest in the shorting of German stocks using products such as ETPs.

Single ticker trading on normal brokerage accounts

GraniteShares offers a total of 106 exchange traded products (ETPs) listed on national exchanges in UK, France, Italy, and Germany. They consist of a suite of index ETPs tracking FAANG stocks and a suite of Short and Leveraged Single Stock Daily ETPs tracking some of the most popular companies in UK US and European markets. Other product launches last year included the world’s first leveraged single stock ETP on NIO, the electric vehicle maker and distributor.

Its FAANG, GAFAM and FATANG product suite, offers long, short and 3X leveraged ETFs on FAANG, GAFAM and FATANG indices and can be traded in a single ticker symbol via ordinary brokerage accounts. FAANG consists of Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, and Google while GAFAM includes Google, Apple, Facebook Amazon, and Microsoft and FATANG covers Facebook, Amazon, Tesla, Apple, Netflix, and Google.

British and German traders love to short

GraniteShares has previously reported that Germany and the UK have the largest number of shorted stocks of the main stock exchanges in Europe. Across 13 of the main European bourses, there were some 565 shorted stocks on 23rd May 2023, and 169 of these were listed in Germany, and 148 were in the UK. Sweden had the next largest number of shorted stocks with 70, followed by France with 44.

In terms of the 50 most shorted stocks in Europe, 13 of them are listed in Sweden, nine are in the UK, nine are in France and seven are in Germany.

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