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Related Hedges (How do they work?)

I'm currently re-reading Benjamin Graham's book, The Intelligent Investor. In it (Chapter 15), Graham mentions some of the undertakings and operations his fund, Graham-Newman Corporation, was involved ...
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How does a portfolio of long stocks and short futures generate profits

When a portfolio manager goes long a basket of stocks (that make up an index) and hedges his market risk by shorting the corresponding index future, what is his source of potential profit? He cannot ...
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Is buying puts on a ten-year treasury ETF a good way to hedge mortgage rates?

I'm looking to hedge against rising thirty-year mortgage rates for the short term while we are house shopping. Would buying an appropriate number of put options on something like IEF (iShares ...
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How does a person with a large equity in a company hedge his risk

How people like Bill Gates , who has the bulk of their wealth tied up in MSFT shares, hedge their downside risk in case the share price tanks? If he were to buy put options like the rest of us, it ...
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How to hedge a long stock position that does not have options

I am sometimes tempted by the juicy dividends of some Canadian stocks because dividends are taxed favorably by CRA. One such company is RSI Problem is, I would like to protect the long position from ...
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Should I use futures or options to hedge my long SPY position?

If I am long 100 shares of SPY, what are some questions that I can ask myself to decide: Whether I should hedge by selling futures, or by buying put options? What are some pros and cons of each?
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What is the source of income for a hedged portfolio

Let us say I am long SPY and I sell the corresponding number of e mini s&p futures. Now, how will this portfolio profit? Will this grow at the risk free rate? The profit from the stock position ...
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How to hedge volatility decreases

My particular options positions are typically a long delta, and long vega. Decreases in implied volatility, or specifically the VIX, can drastically alter the profitability of my position. Is there a ...
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How can I diversify investments across currencies in ISA?

Is it possible to diversify investment in ISA by buying foreign currency, funds denominated in other currency than GBP, or other investment product that can hedge GBP value moves?
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Why gamma scalping is not advised for retail traders with reg T margin

I am trying to understand gamma scalping Why does the author say: Only traders who are very well capitalized, very knowledgeable and experienced, and who have retail portfolio margining should ...
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Why does financial investor bother to buy derivatives and then hedge the position?

I am recently studying mathematical finance, and I am not really familiar with how the financial system works. This might be a naive question: when reading some books on mathematical finance, ...
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A goldsmith's hedging strategy, simplified

A goldsmith has bought 100oz physical gold for his trade and paid $1300/oz. He is going to be ready to sell his jewels in 3 months from purchase. In order to hedge against falling prices of gold, he ...
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Shorting versus selling to hedge risk

If you own 10K shares of stock XXX and you want to hedge your investment, isn't shorting some of your XXX identical to simply selling some of your XXX? Doesn't either approach reduce your risk in the ...
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How to make an investment in a single company's stock while remaining market-neutral?

Supposing that I "believe" in one particular company, but I'm worried that the stock market may be in a bubble overall. How can I invest accordingly? How can I invest in one particular company, while ...
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What is the difference between hedging and diversification? How does each reduce risk?

Hedging and diversification are both used for reducing financial risks, but what are the exact differences between these two?
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How are stock options priced?

I was reading the wikipedia article about the Black-Scholes model, and it says this: "The key financial insight behind the equation is that one can perfectly hedge the option by buying and selling ...
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Forward Contract Extension

I was reading this article Below is a small snippet from the article. I'm wondering how Barrick gold could extend the hedge at its own option. How would this be executed and how do they have this ...
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How do euro hedged index funds work?

I was trying to find a S&P 500 tracking fund and came across this one. db x-trackers S&P 500 Euro Hedged Index UCITS ETF. Can anyone explain what the Euro hedging means and how it is supposed ...
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Insider trading of a linked security like an ETF your company has a heavy weighting in

Let's say you work for Apple, Inc as a middle class employee. This is a large publicly traded company. By the very nature of your employment there will be limited times that one can make purchases and ...
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How can one offset exposure created by real-estate purchase?

Is there any viable way to offset exposure introduced by buying a real-estate (house/land)? By "way to offset" I mean financial instruments (like derivatives) that you can buy to decrease the risk of ...
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How can one hedge against property price change when buying a home?

Let's say I want to buy a home, with intent to sell it down the road ( < 10 years). If I want to minimize my exposure to market fluctuation, what would be the best way to accomplish that? I ...
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Effect of a “Bond Bubble” Bursting?

Lately I've heard increasing talk that the next big bubble that will burst in the US is the "Bond Bubble". Consider this recent Wall Street Journal article. Excerpt: But in the same investment ...
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ETF + Hedge ETF = guaranteed profit?

If I own an ETF (say based on the S&P 500) and also a short on a correlated index (e.g. SH), does that mean I am guaranteed to win in either extreme market condition? I simply sell the one that is ...
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Hedging an accumulator from the sell side?

How does the seller of an accumulator (whether it's agricultural, equity, fx) capture profit? I understand that whenever the accumulator is in a "double up" period, they capture the difference between ...
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Hedging against rising oil and gas prices for private households?

Inspired by this article Hedging Against Rising Heating Oil Prices using Heating Oil Futures, I wonder whether hedging against rising oil and gas prices makes sense for private households, too? If so, ...
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Picking a hedge option

In picking a hedge option, how important is it to buy one where the implied volatility isn't much higher than actual market volatility? Should one look at the option chain and find those options ...
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How do you hedge against student loans?

How do you hedge against student loans? I know people were able to hedge against the housing loans that busted so how do you do the same with student loans?
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How should I use the Volatility Index?

I do have a basic understanding of the Volatility Index (Chicago Board Options Exchange Market Volatility Index), but I wasn't sure how this index is best used by an individual, average investor. ...
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How to hedge against specific asset classes at low cost

I only do passive investment on index ETFs etc. I'm quite happy with that, but sometimes I want to hedge against specific asset classes in the mix. For example, let's say I do want to keep buying ...
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If I invest in securities denominated in a foreign currency, should I hedge my currency risk?

If I live in the US and most of my expenses are in US Dollars, I consider the US dollar to be my base currency and look at the performance of my portfolio on a US Dollar basis. If I invest in a fund ...
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Is short selling a good hedging strategy during overzealous market conditions?

As the stock market keeps increasing, I'm more and more interested in short selling as a strategy to hedge risk and make some money. History has shown that anything that goes up, must come down. The ...
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Are there ways to hedge against a rise in interest rates, other than refinancing my loan?

I was wondering what options do I have available to hedge against the inevitable/eventual rise of US interest rates? One obvious action is to refinance my loan at the current interest rate. However ...
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High Leverage Inflation Hedges for Personal Investors

I'm looking for an investment that will appreciate against inflation in the US Dollar. I want to be leveraged 10:1 or more. For the sake of argument, let's say I have only $10,000 to invest, which ...
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Options revisited: Gold fever

In my recent question, I asked how to operate with options. Now I would like to see whether I learned anything. At this moment, Gold is rising. Fast. As I see it, in the future, the gold price has to ...
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Are you preparing for a possible dollar (USD) collapse? (How?)

After the last crisis it was easy for many to look back and say all the signs were there to indicate an impending crisis. Super-low interest rates from the FED, no down-payment loans, interest-only ...