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Forward contract hedge and market-maker

Referring to McDonald's Derivatives Markets book, a market-maker or arbitrageur must be able to offset the risk of a forward contract. It is possible to do this by creating a synthetic forward ...
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How to get fiat liquidity on BTC assets

I am bullish on BTC and at the same time I need some fiat liquidity right now. Is there some combination of financial products I can use? As an example: I have 10 BTC (assume current FX $10,000) I ...
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Can I hedge my household expenses using the financial markets?

Apparently farmers can hedge against high raw material prices and low crop prices by using financial instruments such as forwards and futures. Can I use financial instruments to similarly hedge my ...
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Long term LEAPs with calls written against them

I bought 3 LEAPs on XYZ at various times in 2019 which all expired in 14-17 months. I intend to sell or donate them once they reach long term status. However, I also wrote 3 CALL options on XYZ that ...
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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 the ...
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When commodity prices rise, do commodity production companies produce lower returns than the commodities?

Suppose I alone know that the price of a commodity will double next month, and will then stay at that level for years. There are two simple ways I could exploit this knowledge: Buy the physical ...
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How do I replicate a shorted stock and protective call option using options only?

Suppose a stock is currently at $100. I construct the following portfolio: Short-sell 100 shares at $100 Long a call option — strike price: $105 (protective call) The protective call option serves ...
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How to hedge against a potential collapse of the European Union? [closed]

I know this is unlikely, but the future of the EU looks bleak. The Coronavirus shattered the European states, making some override the Schengen Area rules and enforce cross-border checks. I'm looking ...
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What is the opposite of a hedge?

As an example of what I mean, when you buy a stock but are afraid that it might go down, you "hedge" your bet. What is the opposite of a hedge? In other words, what do you do if you are convinced it ...
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Stock portfolio currency hedging

I have a EUR cash account with Interactive Brokers and I trade US stocks. So I converted my euro’s for dollars. But now when my US /dollar stock portfolio is up but eur/usd is down it is hurting my ...
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How would I actually use options (or ??) to hedge a currency?

I've never used hedging instruments to do anything other than day trade! :O Say today I am in the US and I literally borrow AUD $100,000 from a friend in Australia. She wires it along and I convert ...
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Is dynamic hedging a combination of writing covered calls and long puts?

Trying to figure out a simplified dynamic hedging strategy without getting into too much math. Based on Antifragile by NN Taleb, it appears an antifragile portfolio could be constructed with short ...
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What is the meaning of asset underlying the futures contract?

I am reading a book of J.C Hull on Future and option where he explained the basis risk which is S2 + F1 - F2 or F1 + b2 I got this concept but reading further he expand above expression as F1 + (S*2 - ...
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What are pros and cons of volatility trading over directional stock trading

Is it true or just my misconception that pro traders trade volatility while retail readers try to predict stock direction (unsuccessfully most of the time). What are the pros and cons of trading ...
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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, "hedging"...
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Gold and inflation

I am looking to use gold as an inflation hedge, however this article suggests it is not as good as one might believe. One thing I don't understand is that the inflation adjusted price is higher then ...
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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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Buying Puts to Hedge Against Second Market Plunge - Suggestions?

FT recently reported that hedge fund managers are buying puts on: stock indices and also on currencies sensitive to risk appetite such as the Australian dollar and the Korean won. Generally, what ...
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Does selling a related option affect the holding period for tax purposes?

Imagine the following scenario: I purchased 3 LEAP call options on XYZ in 2019 with a strike price of $200.00, expiring over a year from purchase in 2021. I also sold 3 call options on XYZ in 2019 ...
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What is the difference between these 2 S&P500 tracking iShare ETFs?

Relevance of the following discussion How can a investor from the UK invest in the S&P500 without being exposed to currency risk? There are at least the following two low cost ETFs. If I had ...
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CFD Value % per time decline due to fees

The picture above shows example of SHL stock (1000 shares) value (vertical) vs time horizontal axes. Redline shows ordinary SHL stock value overtime monthly. Greenline shows SHL STOCK+CFD value ...
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How can hedging possibly profit you?

To wit, doesn't hedging necessarily break even or lose money? I assume the semi-strong form of the EMH, defined in Zvi Bodie, Alex Kane, Alan J. Marcus's Investments (2018 11 edn). p 338.       The ...
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What is the best way to invest in gold as a hedge against inflation without having to hold physical gold?

What is the best way to invest in gold as a hedge against inflation without having to hold physical gold? Is it possible for a regular person to just purchase shares in GLD?
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Tail hedging with cash

Vineer Bhansali in his book Tail Risk Hedging makes some claims regarding portfolio protection: For losses of 0% to -5%, just diversification For losses of -5% to -15%, alternative betas (momentum) ...
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Tracking inconsistency in FX-hedged accumulating ETF

I am looking at historical data for the iShares S&P 500 GBP Hedged UCITS ETF (Acc) Exchange Traded Fund (ETF), with Epic ID IGUS. The objective of the ETF is to track the performance of the S&...
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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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Hedging currency in anticipation of relocating

I live in the US, so I use USD for daily activity, but I plan to move to the EU in <5 years and live there long term. My portfolio is currently denominated in 80% USD and 20% other, but I don't ...
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How should a portfolio be managed in preparation for a financial crisis?

There is a more general question on preparation here, I am focused purely on investment. There is the conventional wisdom of don't try to time the market, and while I can't find the quote at the ...
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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 ...
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How can I hedge against local home value?

I'd like to hedge against my neighborhood home value. I'm not terribly concerned if the overall housing market fluctuates, since if I move and sell my home for less, I can buy a new home for less. I'...
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What is the graph of hedging using put options?

An investor owns 1,000 Microsoft shares. The price is $28 per share. He is concerned about a possible share price decline in the next 2 months and wants protection. Buying ten July $27.50 put option ...
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Hedging a major sell off

Inspired by What is the relationship between taxes and annual liquidation of the markets?, If a major fund wanted to sell off enough stock to significantly affect market prices, could they hedge the ...
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How does trafigura hedges the price risk?

I wanted to know how does company like trafigura hedges against price risk? Example if trafigura agrees to sell say a barrell of WTI crude oil @ $56 3 months hence. How would they hedge it? Would ...
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Is it viable to use betting sites to “hedge” against world events?

These days gambling of world events, like a No-deal Brexit, or the results of an election is a fairly well established thing. (I imagine most people do it as a bit of a laugh) I am wondering if one ...
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What exactly is the profit and loss of a portfolio?

I've searched all over the internet, but have not found the answer to this question. When we 'delta-hedge', we make the value of a portfolio 0. Now, we know that an approximation of the change in a ...
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Spitznagel Black Swan Hedging

I am reading about how Spitznagel does hedging from Forbes - Protect your Tail. It's unclear to me how he is getting the returns he is claiming, Spitznagel's hedges mostly involve buying far-out-of-...
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Do USD-denominated ETFs offer the same protection than EUR-denominated ETFs against a weakening USD->EUR exchange rate?

Do USD-denominated ETFs offer the same/similar protection than EUR-denominated ETFs against a weakening USD->EUR exchange rate? Assume that these ETFs solely contains European holdings (e.g., firms ...
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can't find suitable prices for zero cost collar

I was reading about the zero cost option collar strategy and was puzzled by the idea that one can find an at-the-money put option for the same price as an out-of-the-money call. I've looked at the ...
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Put Option Payoff Replication (Dynamic Hedging)

We know that we can use the below equation in the link to replicate the payoff of a call option using stocks and bonds. I am wondering what the equation would look like for a put option instead. In ...
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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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How do Related Hedges 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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Hedging investment contributions against short term fluctuations

When contributing to investments, short term fluctuations can hurt my contributions by a few percent or more. By short term, I mean on the scale of days to several weeks. I have found that a proper ...
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Is crypto an uncorrelated (or negatively correlated to traditional markets) asset class?

In preparation for an upcoming financial crisis, for instance, something of the magnitude of the 2008's capital C crisis, would crypto (given their current market size and state) be (part of) a good ...
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Using options to profit from underlying stock and warrants

I'm a suffering shareholder and have underlying stock and warrants (3 years remaining) and want to know how to profit from them using a option or hedge strategy. The current stock price is 30% below ...
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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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Delta hedge a put option without a long position on the underlying stock

I'm fairly new in this field so if I make a mistake please correct me. I have a beginners question about hedging. The delta of a put option is always negative so to delta hedge a put option I would ...
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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 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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Hedging a portfolio using Bull Call Spreads

I'm having some difficulty understanding how one would hedge a portfolio using bull call spreads as outlined in the following paragraph ( Today is also a good day to revisit my suggestion for a long-...
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What's the formula for profits and losses when I delta hedge?

Say I buy a call option today, and I short the underlying stock with the delta. What is the value of this portfolio today? Then, one period later, say there's a change in the stock price. That also ...