The practice of taking opposite positions in two different but similar assets in order to profit from the price movements between them. See also: Hedge.
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The taking of an offsetting position in related assets so as to profit from relative price movements. For example, an investor might purchase futures contracts on gold and sell futures contracts on silver in the belief that gold will become relatively more valuable compared with silver over the life of the contracts.
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