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The Best and Worst Mutual Funds of Q1 2013

Japan and healthcare were especially hot during the quarter

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#3 Worst: Grizzly Short

LeutholdWeeden185Q1 Return: -12.3%

Equities killed it in Q1 2013, so being short was definitely a loser’s strategy. A prime example: Leuthold Weeden‘s Grizzly Short Fund (MUTF:GRZZX), which fell by double-digits in the first three months of the year.

A couple of GRZZX’s top shorted positions include Lions Gate Entertainment (NYSE:LGF), which has gained 45% year-to-date), and MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM, +13%).

Of course, shorting has been a terrible strategy for most of the past decade — at least for those in the Grizzily fund. During this period, the average return on GRZZX was a brutal -13%.

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