In one of my previous posts, I have shown how investors can hedge their portfolios and be better prepared for the potential market decline. In brief, the main purpose of hedging is to reduce investment risk and lock in profits by taking an offsetting position in a second instrument, such as options and futures, or by selling-short. While this sounds pretty intuitive and easy to do, in fact, the technique can be hard to implement without having an extensive investment knowledge, especially in derivatives.
The current bull market that started in 2009 is the 3rd longest bull market in history. We’ve been in this state for 2,287 days (since March 6, 2009.) Moreover, during this period we haven’t seen a 10% correction for 968 days already (since August 4, 2011), which makes it the 5th longest period without a 10% correction. No wonder, many analysts and investors are getting nervous saying the market is overvalued and due for a pullback. [Read more…] about Seven Ways to Hedge Your Portfolio