Just under 7% of the capital in the BetaShares Australian Equities Strong Bear Hedge Fund (ASX: BBOZ) is currently being short-sold by the experts, according to the latest ASX shares short sale report.
This is a dramatic change compared to three months ago when 0.33% of the stock was being shorted.
As we explain in our Education Centre, shorting is not available to most ASX retail investors. Thus, it largely reflects what the pro ASX shares traders think, and which stocks they reckon will fall in value.
That's how you make money from shorting. You bet the share price will fall and you profit if it does.
Why is this bear market ETF being shorted?
To understand why the experts are shorting this bear market ETF, we need to understand the product.
According to the BetaShares Australian Equities Strong Bear Hedge Fund fact sheet, this is an 'inverse ETF'. It invests in cash and cash equivalents and sells ASX SPI 200 futures contracts.
The ETF generates a "magnified positive return" when the S&P/ASX 200 Accumulation Index (ASX: XJOA) falls on any given day, and a magnified negative return when the index rises.
A 1% fall in ASX 200 shares generally delivers a 2% to 2.75% increase for the fund, and vice versa.
Over the past three months, the S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) has risen by 10.5%. So, that explains why an increasing number of experts have been shorting this bear market ETF over the period.
The BetaShares Australian Equities Strong Bear Hedge Fund share price finished at $3.23 on Friday, down 0.62%. It also hit a new 52-week low of $3.20 in Friday's session.
Which other ASX shares are being shorted?
According to the ASX report, these are the top 5 most shorted ASX shares at the moment. Here we show the percentage of issued capital shorted this week: