Liquid alternatives are often used to reduce risk. Nevertheless, they may employ techniques—such as short selling, leverages, derivatives or liquidity—that aren't as common when investing in traditional long-only stocks and bonds. To use liquid alternatives prudently, investors need to be aware of the risks involved.
- Short Selling
A trading strategy intended to capitalize on falling prices.
Using borrowed money for an investment and expecting the profits to be greater than the interest owed.
Contracts where the value is based on the performance of other assets, interest rates or indices. Two common types of derivatives are options and futures.
Measure of how readily a security can be bought or sold on demand. A liquid security can be easily bought or sold with little or no impact on price. A liquid market is when the spread between the selling and buying price is close together. The spread will increase as markets become less liquid.
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