The Basics of Hedge Funds

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Hedge funds are more popular today than ever before, but they are not well understood by most investors. They are primarily an institutional product, but they are also used by high-net-worth individuals. For average investors, some of these strategies can be replicated using leveraged ETFs. This video explains those strategies, how hedge funds work, their risks, and their use in a diversified portfolio.

One category of hedge funds, managed futures, has one of the oldest track records in the hedge fund industry.  Managed futures are actively managed positions in commodities and financial futures and options. 

Managed futures offer strategies for rising and falling markets and use positions in the 24-hour global futures market to beat market indexes.  A great book based on managed futures is “Managed Futures in the Institutional Portfolio, available from Amazon.

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