Is it time to look at Hedge Funds again?

How it all started....

Hedge funds started first appearing in the US in the 1950s and were also called managed futures accounts or futures funds. Hedging was originally used in the commodities markets as a means of directly securing positions in the futures market.

Hedge funds derived their name from the fact that they were often long and short, thus hedged or protected to some degree against market uncertainties. Today, hedge funds encompass not just long, short, and leveraged securities, but also futures, forwards, options, and even physicals. Often they are structured not as single-strategy funds but rather as fund-of-funds encompassing a multitude of strategies. But the essential is always the same.

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