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Topping the list are two triple-leveraged funds. The Direxion Daily Real Estate Bull 3x Shares (DRN) jumped 41% in its first full calendar month of trading. The more established Direxion Daily Financial Bull 3X Shares (FAS) gained 38%.
The four largest holders of repossessed real estate as of June 30 were JPMorgan Chase (JPM - Get Report) with $4.9 billion in property, Wells Fargo (WFC) with $2.5 billion, Bank of America (BAC - Get Report) with $1.8 billion, and Citigroup (C - Get Report) with $1.7 billion. These ETFs made leveraged bets on these banks and other financial stocks.The best-performing, non-leveraged fund in August was the iPath Dow Jones-UBS Sugar Subindex Total Return ETN (SGG), which returned a sweet 31% in one month. This exchange traded note tracks an index of futures contracts tied to sugar prices called World Sugar No. 11, which trades on the New York Board of Trade's ICE Futures U.S. Softs exchange. One contract for 112,000 pounds of raw cane sugar is now worth $27,316.80, up 31% in a month and a huge jump from the $13,227 it was worth at year-end.