In purchasing, any purchase/sale transaction having the elimination of the negative aspects of price fluctuations Also, inventory-building actions taken by the purchasing organization to protect from supply constrictions
Any strategy which involves investing or speculating on a security in contrast to ones primary objective in order to provide a degree of insurance against being wrong For example, an investor who is heavily invested in common stocks for long-term capital appreciation may consider "hedging" his investments against a downturn in the overall market by purchasing put options, selling call options, short selling or employing other strategies designed to profit from market downturns
A sale of futures contracts to offset the ownership or purchase of the underlying cash commodity in order to protect it against adverse price moves; or, conversely, a purchase of futures contracts to offset the sale of the underlying cash commodity, again for protection against adverse price moves
An investment position or combination of positions that reduces the volatility of your portfolio value One can take an offsetting position in a related security Instruments used are varied and include forwards, futures, options, and combinations of all of them
A position in the financial market that is opposite to a position in the physical market The expectation is that gains and losses from price movements will offset each other in the two markets when the position in the financial market is closed For example, a producer who owns gas now and wants to sell it at some point in the future, would first obtain a futures contract to sell gas at that future time When that time arrives, the producer sells the gas on the physical market and closes its position in the futures market with a contract to buy gas, thus completing the hedge If the price of gas rose during this time, the producer would experience a gain in the physical market and a loss on the futures market Similarly, if the price of gas fell, the producer would experience a loss on the physical market and a gain on the futures market
Reduces risk by taking a position in a future equal and opposite to an existing or anticipated cash position, or by shorting a security similar to one in which a long position has been established see also: Long Hedge, Long Position
Hedgers are individuals and firms that make purchases and sales in the futures market solely for the purpose of establishing a known price level--weeks or months in advance--for something they later intend to buy or sell in the cash market (back to top)
As an example transaction by a consumer or producer of a metal designed to protect him against price fluctuations A consumer of platinum, for instance, may "hedge" against a possible price increase by buying enough metal to cover his needs in the form of a futures contract Futures markets were originally foe hedges, as opposed to speculators, by whom the market is now used predominantly
If you hedge, you avoid answering a question or committing yourself to a particular action or decision. They hedged in answering various questions about the operation `I can't give you an answer now,' he hedged
A thicket of bushes, usually thorn bushes; especially, such a thicket planted as a fence between any two portions of land; and also any sort of shrubbery, as evergreens, planted in a line or as a fence; particularly, such a thicket planted round a field to fence it, or in rows to separate the parts of a garden
any technique designed to reduce or eliminate financial risk; for example, taking two positions that will offset each other if prices change minimize loss or risk; "diversify your financial portfolio to hedge price risks"; "hedge your bets"
Hedging is a strategy of reducing risk by offsetting investments with investments of opposite risk Risks must be negatively correlated in order to hedge each other; for example, an investment with high inflation risk and low immediate returns with investments with low inflation risk and high immediate returns Long hedges protect against a short-term position and short hedges protect against a long-term position Hedging is not the same as diversification, as it aims to protect against risk by counterbalancing a specific area of risk
A strategy used to offset investment risk In investing, hedging involves the purchase of an offsetting position, such as a put option or futures contract, to guard against the risk of a market decline Often used as a defensive strategy in portfolios investing in non-U S securities to reduce the negative effects of unfavourable moves in currency exchange rates
The purchase or sale of options or futures contracts as a temporary substitute for a transaction to be made at a later date Usually it involves opposite positions in the cash or futures or options market
avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues); "He dodged the issue"; "she skirted the problem"; "They tend to evade their responsibilities"; "he evaded the questions skillfully"
If you hedge your bets, you reduce the risk of losing a lot by supporting more than one person or thing in a situation where they are opposed to each other. Hawker Siddeley tried to hedge its bets by diversifying into other fields
The purchase or sale of a futures contract as a temporary substitute for a cash market transaction to be made at a later date Usually it involves opposite positions in the cash market and futures market at the same time (See long hedge, short hedge )
If you hedge against something unpleasant or unwanted that might affect you, especially losing money, you do something which will protect you from it. You can hedge against redundancy or illness with insurance Today's clever financial instruments make it possible for firms to hedge their risks
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