A ‘hedge’ is an investment or trade designed to reduce risk. The process of reducing risk via investments is called 'hedging'.
Most hedges take the form of a position that offsets one or more positions you have open, like buying an asset that moves inversely with the asset you are holding.
A hedge that removes all risk from a position – except the cost of the hedge itself – is referred to as a perfect hedge, but most traders will only hedge against part of their position.
You can hedge in whichever market you own shares, as we offer a range of global indices including the Australia 200, US 500, US Tech 100, FTSE 100, Germany 30, Singapore Blue Chip, HS 50 (Hong Kong), China 300, Malaysia 30 and more.
Use CFDs to go both long or short, and hedge your risk regardless of which way the market's moving.
Because CFDs are leveraged products, you only need to put up a small portion of the trade's total value.
With over 15,000 CFD markets to choose from, you should have little trouble finding a hedge.
Many people hold shares in US or European markets. But what if the AUD strengthens? Many traders use foreign exchange CFDs to cancel out the effects of currency fluctuations.
Let's say you hold shares in some of the big mining firms. Long term, you believe they're a great investment but you're worried about short-term drops commodities. Shorting iron, gold, oil and other CFDs could help limit the short-term impact on your portfolio.
Again, imagine you hold positions in a number of companies - the shares were good investments and your time horizon is 10 years plus. However, the stock markets are trending sharply down and you wish to protect yourself. Shorting with index CFDs could be a sensible strategy.
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Part of IG Group Holdings, a member of the FTSE 250 with a market cap of £3.1 billion.3
We have been a market leader since establishing the original IG Group company in 1974.
IG was the first company to launch CFDs in Australia (July 2002).
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1 World's largest retail CFD provider by revenue (excluding FX). Source: Published financial statements, as at February 2018.
2 By primary relationships, Investment Trends August 2017 CFD Report & December 2017 FX Report.
3 IG Group Holdings Plc, as at 31 May 2018