The sale of futures contracts to eliminate or lessen the possible decline in value of an approximately equal amount of the actual financial instrument or physical commodity. Related: Long hedge.
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The sale of a futures contract or option on a security or commodity one owns in order to hedge against the risk of decline in its price. In a short hedge, the price of the futures contract or option should move inversely to the price of the underlying asset. It is also called a selling hedge.
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An investment transaction that is intended to provide protection against a decline in the value of an asset. For example, an investor who holds shares of Nextel and expects the stock to decline may enter into a short hedge by purchasing a put option on Nextel stock. If Nextel does subsequently decline, the value of the put option should increase.
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